I think the one thing we have learned about this Kentucky Wildcats basketball team is that they are going to be really, really good this year. And that may be an understatement. However the folks at CBS Sports thinks that the hype around UK is real as well. They recently released their list of the 100 top players in the nation and UK had seven players on the list and four in the top 25. I’m not going to troll the list, but I find it far-fetched that Russ Smith and Doug McDermott are going to be better than Julius Randle by the end of the season, yet they are listed above Randle. Randle is the highest placing Wildcat at number five and here is where the UK players came in on the list:
#5: Julius Randle
#12: Andrew Harrison
#13: Willie Cauley-Stein
#25: Alex Poythress
#36: Aaron Harrison
#73: James Young
#86: Dakari Johnson
Of course, Andrew Wiggins was listed at number one on the CBS list and if you believe the hype coming out of the Midwest, has one foot in the Naismith Hall of Fame. Former Wildcat and current Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford knows something about hype and he took some tongue in cheek jabs at the Wiggins hype at media day Monday.
Ford spoke at Oklahoma State’s Media Day on Monday about Wiggins and the rival Jayhawks’ chances of winning the Big 12 again this season.
“Kansas is still the favorite,” Ford said. “Wiggins is, from what I understand, the best player to ever play. I’ve seen him play and he’s really good. They’re still the No. 1 team and should be.
“They’ve got tons of talent, they’ve got depth, they’ve got the best player to ever play at Kansas and that’s a pretty good deal.”
Jason Marcum and Lyndsey Gough did a great job at Media Day yesterday and here are a few more of the videos they got, starting with the Harrison Twins.