It looks like the Kentucky Wildcats won't be the preseason No. 1 team next year.
Despite having at least a tie for a No. 1 ranking in either the AP or Coaches Poll in each of the past three seasons, UK will probably not get that honor next year with news that Grayson Allen is returning to Duke for his junior season, the school announced in a press release Wednesday.
Allen led Duke and ranked fifth among major-conference players in scoring with an average of 21.6 points per game this past season and was named a second-team All-American by The Sporting News, a third-team honoree by the NABC and a John R. Wooden Award All-American following his sophomore season.
Assuming Allen can stay out of trouble, Duke should the No. 1 team entering next season, assuming Kentucky loses Tyler Ulis, Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray to the NBA draft. That said, Duke is by no means going to be some kind of super team that UK can't topple as the Cats likely come in at No. 2 or 3 in every major poll next year.
But alas, we'll have to hear about Allen non-stop on ESPN for one reason or another for at least one more year.
Oh, and hopefully we'll get to watch Isaiah Briscoe shut him down again, though that would have to come in the NCAA Tournament, which of course is what everyone wants to see happen.