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New ESPN College Basketball ‘Way-Too-Early’ Top 25

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

Slowly but surely, what was seen as a failed offseason suddenly became an offseason that the Big Blue Nation can be somewhat proud of. Early on in the spring, soon after the NCAA Tournament, transfer options began popping up but none were seriously pursued by Kentucky. The likes of Hunter Dickinson and Keshad Johnson were pursued, but ultimately they chose other schools.

Now into June, with one week till Kentucky plays in the Globl Jam event, the roster seems to be set and should be competitive. Throughout the spring, the Kentucky staff received a lot of criticism from fans and media, but now with the recent additions of Jordan Burks, Joey Hart, Tre Mitchell, and the return of Antonio Reeves, people are hopping back on board.

Before these late additions in the last 'Way Too Early' top 25, Jeff Borzello of ESPN did not even have Kentucky in the rankings. A couple of weeks later, the Cats jumped from unranked to number 17 overall, and with a strong showing in Canada, they could keep moving up. Obviously, preseason rankings do not always matter, but it is good to see Kentucky gaining some respect back from fans and the national media after a rough start to the summer.

Here are the full rankings below: (Via ESPN)

  1. Kansas

  2. Duke

  3. Purdue

  4. Michigan State

  5. UConn

  6. Tennessee

  7. Houston

  8. Gonzaga

  9. Florida Atlantic

  10. Marquette

  11. Arizona

  12. San Diego State

  13. Creighton

  14. Arkansas

  15. North Carolina

  16. Villanova

  17. Kentucky

  18. Miami-FL

  19. Texas A&M

  20. Baylor

  21. Southern California

  22. Alabama

  23. Saint Mary’s

  24. Texas

  25. Colorado

Kentucky will be a young team this year, and there will definitely be ups and downs, but with a roster this talented, there is no reason why they will not be in contention for a national championship by the end of it. They've added the pieces they needed to a strong freshman class. Buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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