Next season is looking more and more exciting, due in part to Jamal Murray’s explosive performances in the Pan Am Games. The Big Lead’s Jason McIntyre ranked the Top 50 college basketball players heading into next season, and three Cats made the list:
2. Skal Labissiere, F/C, Kentucky — Doesn’t quite enter college with the post skills of Jahlil Okafor, but he’s got more range on his jumper. He looks like a more offensive-minded Karl-Anthony Towns.
3. Jamal Murray, SG, Kentucky — If you watched any of the Pan-Am Games, you know this kid became a star. Is this a bit knee-jerk? Perhaps. We do this list last month … he’s probably not in the Top 20. Murray is from Canada, and he lit up anyone who tried to check him this month. He’ll have a bigger impact in Lexington than Devin Booker did last year. And Booker was a lottery pick.
38. Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky — Played a pivotal reserve role last year (shooting 42 percent on 3-pointers), but now will have to fight off incoming studs Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray.
Who was #1? Ben Simmons at LSU. Isaiah Briscoe made the “Just Missed” list.
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