CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander and Gary Parrish compiled their rankings of the top 101 Division I college basketball players for the 2017-2018 season, and three Kentucky players made the list.
Kevin Knox (24), Hamidou Diallo (26), and P.J. Washington (74) are the three Wildcats who made the cut. Here is what they had to say about each of them.
Parrish really likes Knox’s position-less versatility.
24. Kevin Knox | Kentucky | Freshman | Small Forward
Knox was a great late pickup for John Calipari's Wildcats. The 6-9 forward can play multiple positions, meaning he'll be a tough matchup for almost anybody at the collegiate level. He's the highest-rated incoming freshman on UK's roster, the prize of yet another heralded recruiting class. -- GP
But didn’t really have much to say about Diallo outside of being a critical piece on the team and how he could’ve went to the NBA after last year.
26. Hamidou Diallo | Kentucky | Freshman | Shooting Guard
Diallo would probably be on NBA roster right now if he'd decided to enter the 2017 NBA Draft. Instead, he chose to play at least one season at Kentucky, where he should be a big part of the Wildcats winning a fourth consecutive SEC championship. -- GP
Norlander said Washington’s touch around the rim and ball-handling ability set him apart.
74. P.J. Washington | Kentucky | Freshman | Power Forward
Washington will grow to love the paint in Calipari's system. What makes him different from a lot of "wing bigs" at UK now and in the recent past is his touch both around the rim and handling the ball against defenders. -- MN
Unsurprisingly, Miles Bridges from Michigan State topped the list and understandably so after a strong freshman campaign and a surprising decision to return to school. Freshmen Marvin Bagley and Michael Porter Jr. fall in behind Bridges.
You can find the full list here.