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Kentucky up to #2 in ESPN’s Preseason Top 25

© Mark Zerof

© Mark Zerof

© Mark Zerof

As we inch closer and closer to the season’s start, the national media is reevaluating their Top 25 rankings. After having Kentucky third behind Duke and Villanova for the majority of the offseason, ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan moved the Cats up to #2 to reflect the news that Villanova’s five-star freshman Omari Spellman is ineligible this season.

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Duke hoovered up the Nos. 1, 3, 10 and 16 prospects in a loaded incoming class … and ended up No. 2 in the ESPN Recruiting Nation rankings. That shouldn’t be possible, but such is life in the John Calipari era. The names change (goodbye Jamal Murray, hello to Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk!), but the pattern remains the same: Future pros show up, Calipari gels said future pros into a formidable unit in mere months, rinse, repeat. Which is why a team with so little left from last season’s roster (save Isaiah Briscoe, Derek Willis and Isaac Humphries) can be conservatively penciled in as one of the nation’s best four or five squads — if not by November, then by March.

The rest of the top ten:

1. Duke
2. Kentucky
3. Kansas
4. Villanova
5. Virginia
6. North Carolina
7. Oregon
8. Wisconsin
9. Xavier
10. Michigan State

Louisville and UCLA, UK’s other opponents in the top 25, come in at no. 14 and no. 24, respectively.


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5 Comments for Kentucky up to #2 in ESPN’s Preseason Top 25

  1. az1006
    2:52 pm October 6, 2016 Permalink

    Willis really looks like he’s put on some weight. He could be our x-factor this season. Excited to see this group in action. Hopefully the hype Duke will get can take some of the pressure off our guys, like the 2012 squad.

  2. BigBlueWest
    4:39 pm October 6, 2016 Permalink

    i don’t see Derek Willis….. i see someone that looks like they beat up DW and ate him thou.

  3. Luether
    11:49 pm October 6, 2016 Permalink

    I think we know from experience that #2 is probably way too high at this point because of our inexperience – but we’ll take it…

  4. wildcats12
    10:52 am October 7, 2016 Permalink

    So do we go out in the round of 32 / 16 / 8 / 4 this year? Lord knows Coach Cal can’t win the big one.