Kentucky 15th in ESPN Basketball Rankings



Kentucky is 15th in ESPN's latest Way Too Early College Basketball rankings, down from fifth in the previous rankings. Here is what they had to say about the Wildcats...

"Kentucky sees the biggest drop since the first iteration of the rankings. We said at the time the Wildcats had the most up in the air in terms of personnel decisions, and, well, it didn't go exactly as coach John Calipari had hoped. When the dust finally settled, only Keion Brooks Jr. was left standing from a year ago. Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Nick Richards and Immanuel Quickley are all going pro, while EJ Montgomery also entered the NBA draft process, Kahlil Whitney left school in January, Johnny Juzang transferred to UCLA and Nate Sestina used up his eligibility. That leaves Brooks, who averaged 4.5 points. Don't feel too sorry for Calipari, though. He brings in the No. 1 recruiting class in the country, led by five-star perimeter players B.J. Boston, Terrence Clarke and Devin Askew. He also added some experience in Creighton grad transfer Davion Mintz and has Kentucky squarely in the mix for Purdue grad transfer Matt Haarms. It's going to take time, but Kentucky will be an SEC title contender when all is said and done."

Villanova is #1 in the rankings followed by Gonzaga, Baylor, Virginia, and Iowa. Louisville is unranked.