Even with a young, unfinished roster, the Wildcats are still Gary Parrish’s favorite to win the league. The CBS sports writer had this to say about the Wildcats in 2012-2013:
Kentucky lost everything (except Kyle Wiltjer). But the Wildcats reloaded admirably and could make a run at another national chamiponship.
Parrish has Nerlens Noel as the only Wildcat on the all conference team, which is something that I expect to change as the season progresses. He has the ‘Cats sitting on top followed by Florida, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas.
This post wast not all lollipops and rainbows. Parrish also went on to state that Pete Thamel “has done a nice job in recent months” in trying to find something, anything to stick about Nerlen Noel’s eligibility. He states that there is no “definitive answer whether Noel will will be cleared to play because there are academic issues to be resolved and other questions the NCAA would reportedly like to address”. Thamel is the only source he mentions, so take what you will from Parrish’s comments. Sure sounds like trolling to me.