Now that (most of) the rosters for next season have taken shape, sports networks are beginning to update their preseason college basketball rankings for 2016-17. Rob Dauster over at College Basketball Talk released his new Way-Too-Early Rankings for the upcoming season and he has the Wildcats at No. 2, behind Duke.
- Returning: Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Isaac Humphries, Isaiah Briscoe
- Newcomers: De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard
- Why they’re here: Kentucky is No. 2 – more like No. 1b – because we were concerned about where they would get perimeter shooting from to space the floor. Fox, Monk and Adebayo will let Coach Cal return to his dribble-drive motion past, but the question is just how good of a shooter Gabriel and Killeya-Jones will be at the four and whether or not Willis can slide in and play small forward for a team at this level. [NBCSports.com]
After Duke and Kentucky, Dauster has Kansas, Villanova and Oregon to round out the top five. You can see the entire top-25 here.
I’m afraid Duke at No. 1 and Kentucky at No. 2 is going to be the consensus heading into the season.