NCAA.com’s Andy Katz (formerly of ESPN) released his top 36 after last Wednesday’s NBA Draft deadline, and the Cats aren’t listed in the top five.
Katz had UK at No. 7 but said the Cats would “leap ahead” if Reid Travis landed in Lexington.
“The Wildcats will be just as loaded and they get an experienced forward back in P.J. Washington. They can also lean on Quade Green and Nick Richards, too. If Reid Travis were to end up here then the Wildcats would certainly leap ahead. Keldon Johnson, E.J. Montgomery and Immanuel Quickley will be the latest star newcomers who will have their moments to shine. The loss to Kansas State in the Sweet 16 will still sting, considering Kentucky had the goods to get to the Final Four last season based on its bracket. UK does again in 2019.”
8. North Carolina
9. Kansas State
He also included several other SEC teams in his top 36 (No. 11 Auburn, No. 24 Mississippi State, No. 28 LSU and No. 32 Florida).
ESPN’s too early of rankings had UK No. 3 and CBS had the Cats No. 4. So, as of today Katz isn’t as high of the Cats as other outlets, but a few spots isn’t a big deal. Although I am a little surprised to see Gonzaga No. 1.
Just get us through June and July so we have preseason basketball in August along with the start of football season.