Kentucky Wildcats Top Preseason Polls, Kansas Jayhawks Surprisingly Sit At No. 5

By Ryan Wenzell

In an unsurprising development, the Kentucky Wildcats sit atop the preseason AP rankings as the No. 1 team in the country. In a bit of a snub the Kansas Jayhawks with star recruit Andrew Wiggins barely cracked the Top 5 as they sit as the fifth ranked squad.

I must say this is a bit of a shocker. They not only feature Wiggins but two other players that are NBA lottery-caliber prospects in James Selden and Joel Embiid. The Jayhawks will be no joke this year. I fully expect Wiggins to win National Player of the year and they have the complimentary pieces around him to make a National Title Run.

Regardless of these early rankings, I think the Jayhawks will be the vaunted Wildcats biggest threat come tournament time. The Wildcats feature maybe the best recruiting class ever. They feature star power forward prospect Julius Randle, the Harrison twins, and silky smooth wing James Young. That’s not too mention talented center prospect Dakari Johnson and versatile forward Malcolm Lee.

The Wildcats feature six of the top 20 players in the country on one squad — an unprecedented number. Coach John Calipari even wondered out loud if this Wildcat team of his could run the table and go undefeated. If any team could do it, it is this one. They are simply loaded from top to bottom.

The Jayhawks, however, with a bevy of talent of their own including the best high school player to come along in a very long time in Wiggins, will have something to say about it.

It should be a fun season to be a college basketball fan. Getting to watch some of these elite freshman players like Randle, Wiggins, and Jabari Parker should be a treat for any fan of the game of basketball.

The fireworks start soon in what should be the most interesting season of college basketball in recent memory.

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