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Lindy’s Magazine ranks Kentucky WBB No. 11, lists Rhyne Howard as Preseason All-American

(UK Athletics)

(UK Athletics)

Expectations are high heading into the 2020-21 season, what will be Rhyne Howard’s third year in Lexington.

Inside the 13th annual edition of Lindy’s Sports Women’s Basketball Preseason Top 25, the Kentucky Wildcats came in ranked as the No. 11 team in the country with Howard tabbed to the Preseason All-American First-Team. UK was one of five SEC teams who were named to the top 25 with South Carolina taking the top overall spot, followed by Mississippi State (No. 4), Kentucky, Texas A&M (No. 13), and Arkansas (No. 15).

In her sophomore campaign, Howard was already one of the nation’s top collegiate players. She finished second in the country in points per game at over 23 per outing, was the 2019-20 SEC Player of the Year, and broke dozens–literally dozens–of records during a season for the ages. It was arguably a top-two or -three season by an individual player in program history.

South Carolina’s rising sophomore Aliyah Boston is widely expected to compete with Howard for SEC Player of the Year, and even NCAA Player of the Year.

Before COVID-19 canceled the NCAA Tournament, the 2019-20 ‘Cats was looking at a five or six seed in most bracket projections and finished the year ranked No. 16 in the AP Poll and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll. Despite the graduation of five seniors, the 2020-21 team will return three starters (Howard and senior forwards KeKe McKinney and Tatyana Wyatt), along with the reigning SEC Sixth Woman of the Year (Chasity Patterson) while adding three immediate-impact freshmen (Treasure Hunt, Nyah Leveretter, and Erin Toller).

Kentucky is poised for a deep tourney run–whenever that might be.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR