I will be the first to admit that most preseason rankings done months before the season is a bit like dancing about architecture. There is no point to it. So a college basketball preseason college basketball ranking released while the NCAA tournament is still in progress is especially useless, right? I tend to agree, especially when it is apparently designed by a Duke fan who places Duke at number one and still thinks Austin Rivers may not be a one and done. But it is interesting for a point. One is that it looks at this Kentucky team with their current recruits and does not add a Nerlens Noel or others to the mix. In other words, it is kind of a worse case scenario for Kentucky basketball next year and the worse they can place Kentucky is at number #10.
10 . Kentucky’s roster will most likely be decimated as Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones will undoubtedly leave, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is 70% gone (even if he says he’s staying), and Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague are certainly First Round worthy. Plus Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas are seniors. Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley are all Top 40 prospects, but not as good as the guys they’re replacing.
So there you go. Even if Kentucky signs no one else, they are ranked at 10. If they sign Noel, I assume they would move up to about six. And while the lastest rumors have Muhammad, Bennett, and even Pollard going elsewhere, if Kentucky grabs any of those recruits or if MKG stays, that would propel Kentucky into Final Four consideration. So while the ranking is overall silly, it does give us a worse case scenario that is not all gloom and doom. (H/T: NextCats)