Despite a lack of clarity on Olivier Sarr’s eligibility status in Lexington, Kentucky is still expected to be a top 15 team in college basketball.
In CBS Sports’ latest preseason rankings, the Wildcats came in at No. 14 overall, good for No. 2 in the SEC behind only Tennessee (No. 11).
Here was the roster breakdown, followed by the outlet’s rationale behind sliding the Cats in where they did:
Coach: John Calipari
2019-20 record: 25-6
Notable players definitely gone: Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nate Sestina, EJ Montgomery, Johnny Juzang
Notable players expected to also leave: N/A
Notable players expected to return: Keion Brooks
Expected additions: Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston, Devin Askew, Isaiah Jackson, Lance Ware, Cam’Ron Fletcher, Davion Mintz
“The Wildcats are losing the top six scorers from a team that won the SEC by multiple games – most notably SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley and projected first-round pick Tyrese Maxey. That’s rough,” CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish said. “But if any program is built to overcome these departures, it’s the one set to enroll the nation’s top-ranked recruiting class featuring 5-star guards Terrence Clarke, BJ Boston and Devin Askew. Exactly what John Calipari will do to further enhance his roster remains unclear. But it’s possible the Wildcats could creep back into the top 10 of the Top 25 And 1 before the season begins if the UK staff secures some solid reinforcements.”
Despite Gonzaga star forward Filip Petrusev announcing his departure from the program on Monday, Parrish still has the Zags listed at No. 1, followed by Baylor, Villanova, Virginia, and Iowa rounding out the top five.
Check out the entire top 25 (and one) below:
- Michigan State
- West Virginia
- North Carolina
- Ohio State
- Texas Tech
- Arizona State
Where do you think the Cats should be ranked?