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Kentucky Drops A Spot in ESPN’s Updated Way-Too-Early Top 25

(Photo via Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

(Photo via Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

Kentucky’s roster for the 2019-20 season still isn’t official with the potential reclassification of N’Faly Dante, but that doesn’t mean we can’t take a sneak peek into where the Wildcats currently stand amongst media members.

Following the commitment Florida received from Kerry Blackshear Jr., there has been a shakeup in the projected top 5 for next season.

ESPN‘s Jeff Borzello now has the Cats coming into next season ranked No. 3, behind No. 1 Michigan State and No. 2 Kansas. The return of Devon Dotson and Udoka Azubuike pushed the Jayhawks to the No. 2 spot, overtaking Kentucky and pushing them down to third.

The Spartans remain as the top-ranked team, bringing back the majority of last season’s roster. The Gators, meanwhile, jumped from No. 18 to No. 4 with the addition of Blackshear, followed by Lousiville staying stagnant at No. 5 and Duke slipping two spots to No. 6.

LSU is the only other SEC team to crack the preseason top-25, coming in at No. 24 despite losing Tremont Waters and Naz Reid to the NBA.

Let’s go ahead and throw in Dante so we can update those national title odds.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Covering all things NBA and UK Hoops. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

9 Comments for Kentucky Drops A Spot in ESPN’s Updated Way-Too-Early Top 25

  1. VirginiaCat
    11:50 am July 14, 2019 Permalink

    The miss on Blackshear was huge in terms of national championship aspirations, but hopefully we can partially recoup by getting Dante. If Cal can land a quality player to augment the front court, it gives us a shot at the title. If not, I think we will have a run similar to our post 2015 teams. 2019/2020 should be a down year overall in college basketball, so that should help. Hope springs eternal.

  2. runningunnin.454
    12:24 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    “We want Jimmy, we want Jimmy…”
    “I would hope you would support who we are, not who we are not, this is your team”.
    Yeah, I was disappointed we lost on McDaniels and Blackshear; but, maybe, EJ and Nick will get to play through mistakes, and surprise us.
    Hoping a 17 year old kid leaves hs early reeks of desperation; leave that to UT.

  3. Catcasey1
    12:55 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Don’t get UsucksL hype

    • Corder
      1:44 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

      I don’t get the top 5 hype for sure but I do think they will be a solid team. I don’t think they are anywhere around the top 5 though. They bring a big back that can’t stay out of foul trouble and a guy that will take every shot he can and will never pass. Also the recruit they got is a lot better than Nwora and it’s going to be interesting to see if Mack will play a freshman over a senior.

  4. StuckinLville
    1:01 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Im not understanding the Kansas hype. They have basically three players. Everyone else transferred or left for the NBA and they didn’t even get a top 50 recruit.

    • Corder
      1:40 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

      Thank you. Iv been thinking the same thing. Everyone is putting so much on Udoka coming back yet he can’t stay healthy to save his life. Also even when he is out there he is not in great shape and is very slow. Don’t get me wrong when he is out there he is a good college big and can clear the lane other then that I don’t see what is so great about Kansas. They lost a lot off a team that didn’t win the Big 12 last year and don’t bring much in except for a few grad transfers. I must be missing something to not see this team as a top 10 ten, I don’t even seen them as top 15.

  5. BobbyBlue
    2:18 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    Self is one of the media darlings protected and hyped by the talking heads, falling only behind the # 1 favorite of the media known as St K.

  6. VirginiaCat
    2:49 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    We play Michigan State, right, as part of the Champion’s Classic? Will be a good early test for us. A win would be huge and help mitigate last year’s loss to Duke, but at a minimum, we will need to keep it competitive. I believe the other game on the venue will be Kansas vs. Duke. Should be an interesting match-up and a great day to be a college basketball fan.

  7. dave1964
    6:24 pm July 14, 2019 Permalink

    In no way without another quality big iare we a top 5 team Richards May improve but just don’t have the skills to even play in the SEC he is a total bust.