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Kentucky in the top three of Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25

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.

[Sports Illustrated]


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3 Comments for Kentucky in the top three of Sports Illustrated’s preseason Top 25

  1. Rembrandt
    12:41 pm June 8, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t see how anyone can project the strength of next season’s UK basketball team with any intelligence until we find out what Ashton Hagans and Reid Travis are going to do. That’s two key starting jobs.

  2. ukkatzfan
    12:54 pm June 8, 2018 Permalink

    Are you trying to paint a negative picture Rembrandt ? Leave the negatives for Kodak.

    • Rembrandt
      2:06 pm June 8, 2018 Permalink

      Are you trying to start something? I didn’t say anything negative at all. I said I don’t see how anyone can predict the strength of the team until we know what Hagans and Travis will do. If you can’t understand why a reasonable person would want to know that before making a prediction, then I don’t know what else to tell you.