The CBS Sports college basketball crew unloaded a ton of season preview information on readers Monday.
As you can imagine, UK was well-represented.
Nerlens Noel led three new Wildcats honored with individual accolades. Most of the panel picked UK to win the SEC (noted contrarian Doug Gottlieb was the only holdout). Gary Parrish even picked the Cats to repeat as national champions in April.
And then there’s CBS’ list of the Top 100 players in college basketball. Four Wildcats are on the list, and all of them are still waiting to play their first game for Kentucky.
5. Nerlens Noel
32. Alex Poythress
33. Archie Goodwin
62. Ryan Harrow
Missing from the list is sophomore Kyle Wiltjer, who will likely round out John Calipari’s starting five with the four players above.
Other notable names on the CBS list include:
1. Cody Zeller (Indiana)
3. Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
4. Isaiah Canaan (Murray State)
21. C.J. Leslie (N.C. State)
22. Gorgui Dieng (Louisville)
25. Jarnell Stokes (Tennessee)
29. Chane Behanan (Louisville)
34. Peyton Siva (Louisville)
42. Mark Lyons (Arizona)
47. Wayne Blackshear (Louisville)
57. Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
74. Gary Harris (Michigan State)
82. Keith Clanton (UCF)
94. Alex Oriakhi (Missouri)