Kentucky will practically have a brand new team next year, but the amount of talent coming in didn’t stop The Sporting News from putting the Cats third in its Way-Too-Early Top 25 for the 2017-18 season.
“Monk and Fox are predicted as lottery locks, so they’re almost certainly gone,” The Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan writes. “Adebayo is expected to leave, too, though his return would be great for the Wildcats. As always, there is a massive influx of talent on the way – UK’s class is ranked No. 1 in the country, with five five-star guys in the group. Rinse, repeat.”
Initially, number three seems WAY too high for what will likely be an entirely new starting five, but it’s worth pointing out that the core of the incoming talent will have a chance to gel under Calipari this summer on the U19 National Team. Hopefully that gives them a leg up going into the fall.
Who’s #1 in the rankings? Arizona, followed by Duke, although The Sporting News crew says the Blue Devils should expect Marques Bolden back, which may not happen according to last night’s reports. Kansas and Michigan State round out the top five. To see the rest, head on over to The Sporting News.