College basketball usually gets left out of the discussion during the dog days of summer. While most are looking ahead to football season, Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead has basketball on the mind, releasing annually a list of the Top 50 Players in College Basketball.
Kentucky has three players on this year’s list. None of them have ever worn a Kentucky uniform. All of them are (almost) in the Top 25.
26. Malik Monk, G, Kentucky, Freshman
Will he be the most explosive guard in the country from November? It’s entirely possible. I loved watching Jamal Murray last year, but Wildcats fans will have forgotten about him by Thanksgiving.
17. De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky, Freshman
A more athletic, left-handed version of Brandon Knight? Not a shooter on that level yet, but he’s very fun to watch.
15. Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky, Freshman
Looks like a man among boys in these highlights, similar to Dwight Howard physically against high school kids. But does he have the offensive skills to do this at the college level immediately?
It’s hard to complain if you’re a Kentucky fan, but these rankings are easy to dispute. First as a UK fan, no Isaiah Briscoe? Murray and Ulis received all the press, but their backcourt companion was excellent at the rim as a freshman, even if he couldn’t finish his free throws.
The #1 player on the list is Harry Giles; who blew out his knee twice in high school and has never played in college; who will be on the same team as eight other superstars at Duke. Placing Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon at #9 after exclusively playing good during March Madness is another example of questionable logic. View the entire list below to raise questions of your own.