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New York Post ranks Kentucky No. 1 heading into 2020-21

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The Cats did bring in the top recruiting class and could return several key players from last season.

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

While NBA Draft decisions have yet to be made, there’s no question the Kentucky Wildcats will once again be one of the nation’s most talented teams next season, highlighted by the No. 1 overall recruiting class for 2020-21.

The New York Post released their early 2020-21 rankings, and they believe that the Cats will be the top team in the country next season coming in at No. 1.

“The last time John Calipari landed the top-ranked recruiting class in the country; his team reached the 2015 Final Four undefeated. This year’s group won’t arrive with nearly the same amount of hype, but the six-man class that includes McDonald’s All-American wings Brandon Boston Jr. and Terrence Clarke is extremely talented in its own right, and SEC Player of the Year Immanuel Quickley could return, as may sophomore forward EJ Montgomery.

Here is how the rest of the top 10 went:

2. Gonzaga Bulldogs

3. Baylor Bears

4. Creighton Bluejays

5. Florida State Seminoles

6. Villanova Wildcats

7. Virginia Cavaliers

8. Duke Blue Devils

9. Iowa Hawkeyes

10. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Kentucky was the only team from the SEC to make the Post’s early rankings, but teams like the LSU Tigers, Florida Gators, Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers will have strong cases to be included depending on how NBA decisions play out for them.

You can check out the rest of rankings here.