The college basketball prognosticators are prepared for the 2019-20 basketball season.
Aside from a few late movers, like Kerry Blackshear Jr., college basketball rosters are set across the country following last week’s NBA Draft withdrawal deadline. With the return of Nick Richards and E.J. Montgomery, ESPN’s Jeff Borzello moved the Cats up one spot to No. 2, behind only Michigan State.
Kentucky is bidding farewell to four starters, with PJ Washington, Keldon Johnson and Tyler Herro all leaving early for the NBA and Reid Travis graduating — but the Wildcats received huge news near the NBA draft deadline, when EJ Montgomery and Nick Richards decided to return to Lexington. With those two providing depth up front, John Calipari has plenty of depth and options throughout his roster. Ashton Hagans is an elite defensive guard; five-stars Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney will push for starting jobs; and Bucknell graduate transfer Nate Sestina and late signee Johnny Juzang bring shooting.
Following UK on the list you will find Kansas, Duke, Louisville, North Carolina, Gonzaga, Villanova, Maryland and Texas Tech.
ESPN was one of the last to update their preseason Top 25, but it falls right in line with where the rest of the country believes Kentucky belongs entering the 2019-20 season.
- Sports Illustrated: No. 2
- CBS Sports: No. 3
- Stadium: No. 5
- Athlon Sports: No. 1
- NBC Sports: No. 1
- Aaron Torres: No. 2