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Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk in ESPN’s Top 8 player rankings


ESPN just released its new player rankings for the 2016 class, and, to no surprise, most of UK’s 2016 class is near the top. Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk are in the top eight, while Wenyen Gabriel rounded out the top fifteen:

1. Harry Giles (Duke)
2. Jayson Tatum (Duke)
3. Josh Jackson
4. Bam Adebayo (Kentucky)
5. Lonzo Ball (UCLA)
6. Miles Bridges (Michigan State)
7. De’Aaron Fox (Kentucky)
8. Malik Monk (Kentucky)
9. TJ Leaf (UCLA)
10. Markelle Fultz (Washington)
11. Frank Jackson (Duke)
12. Jonathan Isaac (Florida State)
13. Terrance Ferguson (Alabama)
14. Josh Langford (Michigan State)
15. Wenyen Gabriel (Kentucky)

27. Sacha Killeya-Jones (Kentucky)

Adebayo was previously ranked 6th, Fox 7th, Monk 5th, Gabriel 23rd, and Killeya-Jones 31st. Gabriel’s jump is the most significant, and ESPN Insider’s Adam Finkelstein listed him first among the 2016 class’ biggest risers:

Wenyen Gabriel, 6-10, PF, Wilbraham & Monson Academy (MA) — No one helped their stock more during last July’s recruiting period than Gabriel, who not only jumped 50 spots in national rankings but also earned his choice of Duke and Kentucky (among others). Following a fall pledge to John Calipari and UK, Gabriel has spent the first two months of his senior season reiterating his July demonstration and jumping eight more spots in the process. He’s grown to a legit 6-foot-10, is very long with a high motor and continuing to expand his attack on the perimeter.

Congrats, boys. Let’s celebrate by watching their recent mixtape:

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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6 Comments for Bam Adebayo, De’Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk in ESPN’s Top 8 player rankings

  1. somerset bill
    11:34 am January 19, 2016 Permalink

    pretty amazing a team can have the 1 and 2 players and come in second. i hate to look ahead because i really am looking forward to a 2011/2014-like turnaround this year, but man this group is going to be incredibly fun to watch.

  2. TonyMontana
    3:20 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    The most surprising thing here is Lonzo Ball moving ahead of Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox. Sure, Lonzo is one hell of a PG and runs the show for the #1 H.S. team in the country, but after the past couple of months, the only direction Monk & Fox could have possibly went is up. Lastly, I’m surprised Harry Giles has maintained #1 and hasnt played any basketball all season, I know he’s a beast but to base his senior season just on the potential he showed in his Junior season and just gift him the #1 was unexpected. I was thinking he was going to slide a few spots, but oh well. I am happy to see Bam jumping into the top 5 and Wenyen creeping up though.

  3. TonyMontana
    3:22 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Also, that video is not playable. Embed it properly!

  4. Cals Hoverboard
    3:57 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    We watched Bam play on ESPNU yesterday afternoon. Wow. All my wife kept saying was “we could sure use him in Lexington right now”! We are constantly waiting for Poythress to flip the switch and turn on his beast mode. Bam does the things right now that we are waiting on for Poy in his senior campaign.

  5. rainman
    4:41 pm January 19, 2016 Permalink

    Theres something about Adebayo that reminds me of Shawn Kemp!