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4 Cats among ESPN top 100 college basketball players

ESPN says the Cats have four of the best players in college basketball.

NCAA Basketball: Canisius at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The college basketball season is just a few weeks old, and ESPN has released its top 100 players for the 2016-17 season. There’s little surprise that multiple Wildcats made the list. Here’s where ESPN ranked them.

62. Isaiah Briscoe

Briscoe has already been dubbed the leader of Kentucky — as a sophomore. The knock on him last season was his shooting, but he proved last month during Kentucky’s pro day that he can make 3s in bunches.

42. Edrice “Bam” Adebayo

The fun-loving Adebayo is no joke on the inside and will plug the biggest hole that plagued the Wildcats last season. He can block shots, rebound and protect the rim, all vital for a Kentucky team that struggled to do all three last season.

22. Malik Monk

Monk has already given a glimpse of his athletic talent with a monster dunk in the preseason that made a SportsCenter highlight reel. He’ll become a big-time scorer for the Wildcats in their quest to get to a Final Four.

14. De’Aaron Fox

Fox should have an immediate impact on Kentucky with his quickness on the defensive end. He’s fast in all facets of the game and as a pass-first guard he’ll make everyone on the floor better playing with him.

I have to believe that Briscoe should be ranked higher than he is, given his defensive abilities and the improvement in scoring we’ve seen from him so far this year. Other than that, I’d say the list is pretty fair.

In case you were wondering who ESPN listed No. 1, it’s not much surprise: Grayson Allen.