I realize that earlier, I said preseason rankings and awards mean nothing — and they don’t — but sometimes, it’s nice to read the national media’s take on Kentucky’s squad (especially when it’s written by someone other than Jeff Goodman). This afternoon, the crew at CBS Sports released their preseason All-American picks and two Cats made the list: Bam Adebayo (Second Team) and Malik Monk (Third Team).
“A freshman with a fun attitude, aggressive nature in the paint and a skill set that’s probably going to get him drafted in the 2017 lottery,” The CBS Sports staff wrote of Adebayo, who they project will average 13.5 points and 9.6 rebounds per game this season. “Adebayo’s ceiling is so, so high. He’ll be a defensive force, a rebounding machine and probably the vocal leader of a Kentucky team that should be must-watch from game No. 1.”
Meanwhile, the crew predicts Monk will lead Kentucky in scoring, calling him the Cats’ most reliable threat.
“He will show he can score at three levels, will show flashes of NBA-level athleticism and prove he can hit shots from beyond 16 feet with consistency. Kentucky doesn’t have any real reliable offensive options from distance on the wing — except for Monk. UK looks to be the SEC’s best team, far and away, and if Monk is going to average north of 15 points per game, it only makes sense to put him on an All-American team in the preseason. Oh, and get ready for his dunks.”
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Head on over to CBS Sports to check out the rest of their selections, which include Coach K as Coach of the Year. Gag.