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Kentucky Wildcats among Big Lead's list of Top 50 college basketball players

Freshmen Bam Adebayo, De'Aaron Fox, and Malik Monk make The Big Lead's list of the top 50 college basketball players.

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Earlier this week, Jason McIntyre released The Big Lead's list of the 50 best players in college basketball for the 2016-2017 season.

Fans of the Kentucky Wildcats have grown accustomed to finding their favorite players on such lists, and this year is no different. Kentucky just missed having three players appear in the top 25, as Malik Monk came in at 26, De'Aaron Fox was listed at 17, and Bam Adebayo was the highest ranked Wildcat at 15.

This is what the folks at The Big Lead had to say about the trio of highly-touted frosh:

26. Malik Monk, G, Kentucky, Freshman
Will he be the most explosive guard in the country from November? It’s entirely possible. I loved watching Jamal Murray last year, but Wildcats fans will have forgotten about him by Thanksgiving.

17. De’Aaron Fox, G, Kentucky, Freshman
A more athletic, left-handed version of Brandon Knight? Not a shooter on that level yet, but he’s very fun to watch.

15. Bam Adebayo, F, Kentucky, Freshman
Looks like a man among boys in these highlights, similar to Dwight Howard physically against high school kids. But does he have the offensive skills to do this at the college level immediately?

As far as numbers of players on the list, Kentucky is second only to Duke who has 4 (Kansas also has 3). You can probably tell with a quick look at the comments section of the article that this list is highly debatable. The alleged criteria for the rankings are as follows:1/3 their NBA prospects, 1/3 their individual talent, 1/3 how vital they are to their team’s success.

From a website that does not even have Malik Monk in the 1st round of their 2017 mock NBA draft, I find it difficult to put a lot of faith in their opinions. Do you agree with the rankings? Are there any Kentucky Wildcats left off of this list that you believe deserve to be included?