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Kentucky moves up in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

Keion brooks
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ESPN’s Jeff Borzello updated his Way-Too-Early Top 25 this morning and despite the uncertainty around Olivier Sarr’s eligibility, Kentucky moved up. The Cats climbed from No. 13 to No. 11, with room to grow should the NCAA grant Sarr’s waiver to play this season.

11. Kentucky Wildcats
Previous: 13

There’s no word yet on Olivier Sarr’s availability for next season, which leaves a lot of questions for Kentucky’s frontcourt. The perimeter is going to be absolutely loaded, with three five-star prospects combining with Creighton graduate transfer Davion Mintz and a couple of former ESPN 100 prospects. But the frontcourt is incomplete at best. Keion Brooks will be counted on for a breakout season after playing maybe his best game of the season in the finale against Florida. But as the only returnee on the roster, he will also need to provide leadership. Besides Brooks, John Calipari has top-50 freshmen Lance Ware and Isaiah Jackson up front. It’s hard to say that either player is ready to start immediately down low, but Jackson is an elite defensive player, and Ware brings toughness. A smaller lineup with Clarke or Boston in a small-ball 4 role seems unlikely. The Wildcats need Sarr.

As of now (so, assuming Sarr is a no-go), Borzello projects Kentucky’s starting lineup to be Devin Askew, BJ Boston, Terrence Clarke, Keion Brooks, and Isaiah Jackson.

Gonzaga is No. 1 in the rankings, followed by Villanova and Baylor. Kansas is No. 7, Michigan State No. 8, Duke No. 9, and Tennessee No. 10. Florida and Arkansas come in at No. 24 and No. 25 respectively, while Louisville is the fourth team listed in the “Next in line” category.


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8 Comments for Kentucky moves up in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

  1. BobbyBlue
    11:29 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    Baker instantly eligible last year with no valid reason to transfer except home sick.
    Juzang instantly eligible this year with a sort of excuse for transferring. Closer to home because of Covid.
    Emmert will drag Sarr out until August when it’s to late to sign anybody else, maybe even half WSU through the season— can you say “Free Enid”before he has his people declare one way or another. My money is on no even though Emmert will get a lot of shot over it.
    In the end there is not going to be a season so it doesn’t matter.
    Emmert is not smart enough or even qualified to run the NCAA.

    • BobbyBlue
      2:41 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      SC fan,
      I don’t see any overwhelming evidence that he will be granted eligibility. If somebody other than Emmert was in control,— somebody that has no Cal agenda then I would be seeing the glad half full instead of half empty. It already has been longer than either Juzang or Baker had to wait. Hope you are right !

    • BobbyBlue
      2:49 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      As a retired Dr I can not see anyway for a FB, or BB season, in 2020.
      I believe Covid-19 is going to peak again in July, with hospitals over run.
      Sure hope I am wrong.

  2. UKFanSC
    11:49 am June 16, 2020 Permalink

    I see no overwhelming evidence that Sarr will not be granted a waiver. A bigger concern is whether the season will be played at all.

  3. mashburnfan1
    12:11 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

    I love how the article and many on here keep saying our backcourt will be loaded. Based on what? We have no idea how good any of the FR will be their first season. Facts are most of the FR play below and well below expectations. I hope all come in snd have Zion type years, not Skal or Nick type FR years. Facts show most FR, at any school, play well below their HS rankings. We should know that better than any fan base as we see it year after year.

    • T-Town Cat
      12:35 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yeah, Bledsoe, Walk, Knight, Lamb, Teague, the Twins, Ulis, Booker, Murray, Fox, Monk, Gilgeous-Alexander, Herro, and Maxey really stunk up the place…..

    • lexattorney
      1:17 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t even respond to this mashburnfan guy, TTC. Every time I see him post a comment it’s some lame attempt at trolling. He deserves about as much attention as these preseason polls lol

    • 4everUKBlue
      1:59 pm June 16, 2020 Permalink

      Yep mashbum is a very special case idiot.