Getting PJ Washington back from the NBA Draft was enough to boost Kentucky from fifth to third in Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25. The Cats came in behind Kansas and Duke thanks to what will be a nice blend of veteran experience and freshman talent, especially if they add Stanford grad transfer Reid Travis.
“The Wildcats got P.J. Washington, Nick Richards and Quade Green back from their 2017 freshman class, then jumped up to this year’s No. 2 recruiting class with the late commitment of five-star forward E.J. Montgomery, the No. 9 player in the 2018 class,” Molly Geary writes. “They may not be done either, with Stanford leading scorer Reid Travis visiting both Lexington and Villanova soon. The addition of Travis, who averaged 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in the Pac-12 last season, would be a huge boon and would provide some veteran leadership to what will again be a young Kentucky squad.”
And Geary doesn’t even take into account that Ashton Hagans is on track to join the squad as well. Rounding out the top five are Gonzaga and North Carolina. Also making an appearance in the poll: 8. Tennessee, 12. Auburn, 19. LSU, 21. Florida, and 24. Mississippi State. The SEC is really meaning more these days.