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Kentucky Wildcats drop in CBS Freshman Rankings

The Cats took a dip in CBS’ latest rankings of the top freshmen.

NCAA Basketball: Illinois-Chicago at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

In the latest CBS Freshman rankings, both Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo remained in the top 10, but each slid one spot from their ranking last week.

Knox comes in at No. 8 after being ranked No. 7 the prior week. Here is what CBS’s Matt Norlander had to say about Knox.

8. Kevin Knox, Kentucky

Key stats: 15.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.9 apg 54.0 2-pt FG%

Last week: No. 7

Comment: Knox slips after only playing once in the past week, with that game being his worst in a UK uniform. In 31 minutes he scored four points on 1-of-9 shooting and had four assists, five rebounds and seven (!) turnovers against Monmouth. Afterward, John Calipari said it was "good for the soul to go 1 for 9." It's a great lesson for him. Kentucky is a quiet 8-1, but it will not be a threat to win the SEC if Knox isn't an all-star type of player. Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech.

As for Diallo, he comes in at No. 10 after being ranked No. 9 the prior week. Norlander on Diallo:

10. Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky

Key stats:14.7 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg

Last week: No. 9

Comment: Clinging to the 10 spot; Mohamed Bamba and Jaren Jackson are breathing down Diallo's neck here. Yet while Knox had his worst game at Kentucky vs. Monmouth, Diallo looked to have had his best. The uber-athletic shooting guard had 23 points on 62 percent shooting and grabbed four rebounds and a pair of steals. Because Quade Green left the game with an eye injury and Sacha Killeya-Jones did not play, Diallo let his inner alpha take over. The best is obviously yet to come with him. Next game: Saturday vs. Virginia Tech.

I’m not sure about the drop for Diallo after he had a really solid game against Monmouth. The drop for Knox is understandable as he could never seem to get going against the Hawks.

Trae Young, DeAndre Ayton, and Marvin Bagley were the top three freshmen on the list, according to Norlander.