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Sporting News releases way too early top 25 for next season

The 2018-19 college basketball season hasn’t even come to a close yet, as the National Championship is just about 24 hours away; however, Sporting News is already looking forward to tipping off the 2019-20 season. Mike DeCourcy, or @TSNMike as he’s known on Twitter, released his “way-too-early top 25 for 2019-20” earlier this evening and he has the Kentucky Wildcats listed as the No. 3 team in the country.

While the name of the listing is exactly right, it IS way too early to really rank these teams, it is always nice to see where your teams stands as of this point. With so much still to be decided for each team, between NBA Draft decisions, transfers, and the filling out of recruiting classes, these rankings could change significantly in the coming days, weeks, and months.

Here’s what DeCourcy had to say about Kentucky’s squad next season.

A few initial thoughts at first glance revolve around who DeCourcy lists and doesn’t list. He includes Ashton Hagans on next year’s roster, even though Hagans has verbalized that he still has a decision to make about his future. Next is that he believes that both Nick Richards and EJ Montgomery will be on the roster next season. I’m not suggesting that either should be looking to make the NBA jump, but there were some rumblings that if Kentucky continued to pursue big men for next year, that Richards may think that he is not being valued by the coaching staff. I agree with DeCourcy, and still think both will be in the blue and white next season, but it is certainly not a foregone conclusion at this point.

Naturally, both Tyrese Maxey and NAte Sestina are listed as key recruits for next year’s roster, but I think that missing Kahlil Whitney as a key player for next year is a huge omission. Whitney is currently the highest ranked recruit in Kentucky’s recruiting class and should be an absolute stud on the wing for the Cats. Also missing from Kentucky’s current class are Keion Brooks and Dontaie Allen. With Kentucky still actively pursuing a few recruits, this list could change dramatically by the time Big Blue Madness rolls around.

You can check out the entire top 25 list here.

A few other teams of note in the rankings: Virginia at number 1 and Michigan State at number 2 are the only teams above the Cats at this point, while Michigan and Duke round out the top five at 4 and 5 respectively. Tennessee sits at number 8, Auburn gives the SEC a third top 10 team with their tenth overall ranking, Louisville is just outside the top 10 at number 11, and LSU is at 13. Last on the list, coming in at 25th, is Penny Hardaway’s Memphis squad, headlined by James Wiseman and former Kentucky commit DJ Jeffries.

What are your thoughts? Given that so much could still change, do you think Kentucky is deserving of a ranking that high?


Article written by Brett Bibbins

Graduate of the University of Kentucky in 2015. Spend my free time watching sports, The Office or Harry Potter. Three-word phrases to live by: For The Kids and Cats by 90 @BrettBibbinsKSR

18 Comments for Sporting News releases way too early top 25 for next season

  1. tmcclan16
    9:37 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Bhaaaa no

  2. TomEcaster
    9:43 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    Pointless until rosters are set

    • Ridge Runner
      9:52 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Yes, kinda crazy actually.

  3. maximumscott
    9:54 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    UT a top 10 with literally everyone leaving?!?!? I know UK has huge roster turnover but Cal has proven he can morph a brand new class into top competition. Also, virginia as 1 is a joke. They will bring back Guy and that is it.

    • Cokely53
      11:16 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

      Virginia only has 1 senior on there roster, who averages 3.8 a game.

  4. dctawk
    10:15 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    It is pointless to start this until after the season starts… But way to fun not to do it. If it wasn’t fun, people wouldn’t argue about it?

  5. dieden39
    11:02 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    As long as e are Kentucky, and as long as Cal is coach………….we will be in the top 5.

  6. Cokely53
    11:20 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I have a hard time believing we’re a top 5 or even top 10 team to start the season. Not saying we can’t get there but assuming those certain guys are leaving I feel like we’re missing some pieces. Depending on who comes back I believe we’re way less talented than this year team who finished ranked 7th. Plus Cals teams always seem to struggle early.

    11:30 pm April 7, 2019 Permalink

    I think we will be better next year and will have more Length on the wings. Brooks and Whitney is going to cause all kinds of teams fits. We are going to be alot taller next year at the 2-4 spots. Whitney,Brooks,EJ etc.. 6’7″,6″9,6’10” between those 3. You play a line up with EJ AT 5, BROOKS, AT 4, WHITNEY AT 3, MAXEY AT 2 ,HAGANS AT 1 wow that’s an athletic ass lineup that could run the floor ,dunking on fools,swatting shit everywhere.IF Herro returns and we pick up 1 more 5* I believe we will be #1 by end of season cutting bets down and our Natty drought ends. We are going to be stacked. I love that line up I just suggested as well. That line up can play with anyone in nation.

    12:57 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    I imagine if Nick has actually expressed any concern about recruiting over him, Cal told him something along the lines of “if you’re scared of competition, you have 2 options: work harder, or transfer.”

  9. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    2:25 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    Technically Whitney still hasn’t signed, he is just a verbal commit…same with Brooks. That is probably the explanation for their omissions. Dontaie probably isn’t ranked high enough to be considered “key” by this writer. However, it is all just speculation until end of May. And probably even then!

  10. catsarerunnin
    7:49 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    Cue Bashburn/Slater/MickeyMouseMedic/BigolBlewEveryone for his way to early prediction of yet another appearance by Cals Cats in the NIT.

  11. Kat4Life
    8:19 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    Typical treatment of the Kentucky brand. Top 5 every year. Pointless stuff right now.

  12. Fitz
    9:26 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    So rediculously worthless I did not bother to read.

  13. Big Sexy
    10:01 am April 8, 2019 Permalink

    i don’t mean to sound harsh but if Ashton makes the poor decision to leave maybe it’s best he’s not the one to lead this team on the court.

    Also surely Richards doesn’t think that they can head into the season with 2-3 guys 6’9″ or over. I’ve seen Brooks listed as 6’7″-6’8″. Not much depth on the front court there. This would’ve been a good opportunity for Cal to try to get a 3 star big man to develop behind Nick and EJ.

  14. King_tucky
    3:57 pm April 8, 2019 Permalink

    UK wins 9. expectations are finally setting in for BBN to not expect so much from any college team regardless of history n recruits. Pressure is off, get ready for a season that BBN cant see right now. No 40 n 0, but one of 9 seasons that we want n will remember. U keep giving Cal these stars at UK he ll get atleast 2 Championships