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Kentucky Tops ESPN’s Final Way Too Early

Via @Tulis3

Last night’s NBA draft deadline has officially been crossed so ESPN is ready to update their final way too early rankings. Eamonn Brennan has been updating the teams following all of the different declarations so let’s take a look at where the Cats landed. Spoiler Alert: High.

1. Kentucky Wildcats: Kentucky was our No. 3 in the Way Too Early rankings back when we were almost certain the Harrison twins, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, and maybe even Dakari Johnson would be headed to the NBA. In the end, Kentucky kept all five, and add two of the best big men in the country (Trey Lyles, Karl Towns) in the incoming class to form a team that is surprisingly experienced, mind-bendingly tall (Calipari has three 7-footers and two 6-10 guys, all of whom are likely to play in the NBA), and every bit as loaded on natural talent as ever. Kentucky is losing Julius Randle and James Young to the draft, and will probably be better next season. Kind of insane!

Brennan makes an excellent point in this final ranking. At one point during the post-season it seemed like our starting five next season could be Ulis, Booker, Willis, Lyles, and Towns which was good enough for him to rank third. Fast forward a few weeks and now those five would-be starters are likely to come off the bench and back up the majority of last season’s national runner up. That sort of depth is more rare than a Nintendo World Championship cart which is to say, mythical.

Kentucky’s roster for next season is now set and they only thing to do is to get mentally prepared for what should be an absolute circus. The deadline has passed and it’s going to be one great time to be a Cat fan.

[Eamonn Brennan: Revised top 25: Post-deadline edition]

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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8 Comments for Kentucky Tops ESPN’s Final Way Too Early

  1. Luther
    10:06 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    40 – 0 baby…

    • -_-
      10:28 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      Stop it. Bad Luther.

  2. terwilliger
    10:19 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    While I like the graphic, I would hope that, if it were actually made by Ulis, he would include players like Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis in it before himself and his fellow freshmen. Hawkins in particular was instrumental in our tournament run. Those players deserve some respect too.

    • lesigh
      10:21 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

      We fans know better. Willis and Hawkins will represent our homegrown well.

  3. Chaz
    10:28 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    I would much rather see us as a pre-season top ten maybe team, get the national press off our backs, and just play ball. Remember that we were unranked at the end of last season. Enjoy the games and ignore the rankings. We’re going to be fine come April.

  4. Andy Statner
    10:34 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Of course they do !!!! Best team in the country

  5. The Stickleyville Slingshot
    11:37 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Nerd alert.

  6. kj
    11:46 pm April 28, 2014 Permalink

    Nice Nintendo world championship cart reference.