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Kentucky in the Top 15 of two more Way-Too-Early Top 25s

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

The Way-Too-Early Top 25s continue to roll in for the 2021-22 college basketball season. So far, Kentucky has been in the top 20 of preseason rankings by Aaron Torres and ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. Despite the roster uncertainty, Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman have the Cats even higher in their polls. Parrish ranks the Cats No. 14, while Goodman has Kentucky at No. 15.

“The expected return of Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen and Jacob Toppin gives John Calipari a core of three players who averaged at least 14 minutes per game this season,” Parrish writes. “He’ll fill out the roster with a top-five recruiting class and at least two impactful transfers – namely Kellan Grady (Davidson) and Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia).” [CBS Sports]

True to form, Goodman did not mince words about Kentucky’s 2020-21 campaign.

“Last season was a disaster for John Calipari and the ‘Cats. Boston and Clarke didn’t live up to the hype and Askew struggled as a freshman point guard. There are still plenty of unanswered questions with the roster, but Cal has enough guys back that should take a jump, and he’s bringing in another highly rated group of frosh in addition to Tshiebwe, who was a force at times in the paint for West Virginia.” [Watch Stadium]

Like most pundits, Goodman has Gonzaga No. 1 in his rankings, but Parrish has the UCLA Bruins in his top spot, followed by the Bulldogs and the Alabama Crimson Tide, who he predicts will win the SEC for the second straight season. Hopefully whatever roster we end up with is good enough to prevent that from happening.

Check out the complete rankings at the links below.

[CBS Sports, Watch Stadium]

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6 Comments for Kentucky in the Top 15 of two more Way-Too-Early Top 25s

  1. DelrayCat
    10:13 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Cal needs Brooks to return first and foremost. Add in Mintz and 2 or more transfers and they have a chance to be very good. Anything short of that, they will be again very thin again and risk having a crap year. FILL THE ROSTER coach. You get 13 scholarships…USE THEM.

    • ClutchCargo
      10:19 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

      Agree. But Brooks needs to not only return, but take a step forward and be more consistently the player he was in that first game against UF.

  2. FinnaGoHAM
    11:39 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Goodman caught a lot of hell back in the fall when he didn’t include Kentucky in his preseason Top 25. Turns out he was right. Not saying you have to love him, or even respect him, but lets be honest: He was right.

  3. dave1964
    12:06 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Wasn’t UK in the top 10 to start this season wonder how that worked out… and the Brooks that played the last two season don’t need to return a better version of him needs to show up if he returns..

    • Corder
      10:07 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

      A lot of Kentucky fans kill me. They want 3 to 4 year players but are not willing to let these kids grow and develop. Pathetic is the only word that comes to mind in this line of thinking. Also brooks was injured a good portion of the year and struggled to get back into the rotation after that. Brooks will be better next year if he stays healthy.

  4. dave1964
    12:07 pm April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Not sure why Goodman caught hell he turned out to be the only smart one.