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Kentucky No. 19 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

With the 2020-21 season officially over, Way-Too-Early Top 25 season is upon us. Earlier today, Aaron Torres shared his take on the top teams in college basketball heading into next season, with Kentucky coming in at No. 18. ESPN’s Jeff Borzello has the Cats in a similar spot, No. 19, despite all of the uncertainty with the roster.

“Here’s the second team I really have no idea where to rank; I just assume John Calipari can’t have a second dreadful season in a row. But they went 9-16 this past season and have already seen B.J. Boston, Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke declare for the NBA draft (although Jackson made it clear he’s leaving the door open for a return to Lexington), while freshmen Devin Askew and Cam’ron Fletcher entered the transfer portal. It’s unclear what will happen with seniors Olivier Sarr and Davion Mintz, but Mintz has spoken about potentially returning. For now, we’ll assume both leave.

Calipari reloading in the spring is nothing new, and I don’t think Davidson transfer Kellan Grady will be the final addition to the roster. Grady and Oscar Tshiebwe should add some shooting and toughness, respectively, next season. Five-star Daimion Collins will be an impact player down low. Two big keys will be improved point guard play — whether from incoming freshman Nolan Hickman or someone from the portal — and more consistent outside shooting; will Dontaie Allen see a bigger role?”

Borzello’s projected starting lineup: Nolan Hickman, Kellan Grady, Dontaie Allen, Keion Brooks, and Oscar Tshiebwe. As the roster continues to take shape over the coming weeks, that will almost certainly change.

The top five teams heading into next season in Borzello’s rankings: 1. Gonzaga, 2. UCLA (depending on if Johnny Juzang goes pro), 3. Purdue, 4. Ohio State, and 5. Kansas. From the SEC, Alabama is No. 8, Arkansas No. 12. Check the rest out for yourself at the link below, along with a video breakdown from Borzello, which includes his thoughts on whether or not Kentucky and Duke can bounce back.

[ESPN Way-Too-Early Top 25]

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21 Comments for Kentucky No. 19 in ESPN’s Way-Too-Early Top 25

  1. Bigblueswami
    1:06 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    Wake me up when we finalize the roster and the transfer portal doesn’t have 1500 kids in it…. not worth even guess at until then.

  2. big_blue_truth
    1:32 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    It doesn’t matter. Adding more first year players isn’t going to do anything to help our severe lack of chemistry and stability. Add or take away whoever you want, it really won’t make a big difference. It’ll all be about the same. Unless Jackson comes back, then maybe we have a chance at making an Elite 8. But if he doesn’t, then we have no chance of getting past the Sweet 16.

    • Newtype
      2:01 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

      Stick that crystal ball you must have up your ass guy. Why even be a fan with that attitude.

    • mashman 93
      2:08 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

      How in the hell would you know if the 2021-2022 Kentucky team has chemistry or not?

  3. kentuckybackupplayer
    1:33 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    I will wait till next January to evaluate. Gotta make sure Kentucky does not have three or four duds again.

  4. Newtype
    1:59 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    After this year I’m not complaining a bit about preseason rankings.

  5. just a guy
    2:21 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    That starting 5 is a fringe NCAA team. Without more returning or a huge splash at PG Brooks and Oscar on floor at same time will be a scoring nightmare

  6. TBW3011
    2:34 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    Current roster isn’t near a top 25 team. Gotta have Mintz back and get another PG

    • just a guy
      3:04 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink


    • Newtype
      6:19 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

      Like you know shit about it.

  7. trumpetguy
    2:39 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    WAY too early is right, who knows which guys will be on which teams? BUT, Cal did say he tried to schedule Zags there at the tale end of the season. No excuses….how about a 4 years neutral site series? Or home/home would work too. Zags are clearly an elite program and TV execs would love to have that game. Cal and Few, lets do this!

    • just a guy
      3:00 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

      agreed. If he wants em he can get em. He don’t want none

  8. recliner coach
    3:30 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    If Coach runs same offense next year, will get same results

    • Newtype
      6:20 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

      That’s why you’re on a cheap recliner and not coaching the best program in the country.

  9. IndianaSucks
    8:01 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    Yeah, that list won’t be accurate at all come next season looking at who is on there.

  10. mikeintn
    10:13 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    No reason they shouldn’t be ranked #1. Hanging #9 next year!

  11. drbigblue
    10:43 pm April 6, 2021 Permalink

    Cat fan for over 60 years! I’ll root for anybody playing KY until Calipari leaves!!

    • UKBigBlueForever
      1:30 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

      You’re a cat fan but will root against uk. LMAO. Gtfo of here with that crap.

  12. mikeintn
    12:53 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Well said!

  13. CahillsCrossingNT
    5:56 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

    They’ll go nowhere.

  14. millertim
    9:01 am April 7, 2021 Permalink

    Nope— starting line-up Mintz (PG), Grady (SG), Allen (SG), Toppin (PF), Oscar T (C). That team has best potential to post wins early and often. Bring Brooks, Ware, Collins, Hickman off the bench. Worse mistake Cal can do is put another Freshman at PG when he will most likely have Mintz there… now if Mintz somehow doesn’t return, then it looks like Hickman should back-up Grady at PG and insert Brooks into strating line-up…