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NCAA.com’s Way-Too-Early rankings for 2021-22

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Where do the Wildcats land?

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After the worst season in program history this past season, Kentucky and John Calipari are looking to get back to their usual spot of national title contender.

However, Calipari isn’t doing that by recruiting elite freshman this season, he’s doing it by recruiting elite transfers. The Kentucky Wildcats have already landed two of the top transfers in the country by way of Kellan Grady and Oscar Tshiebwe and are gunning for the likes of Marcus Carr and Adam Miller to add to their roster.

Outside of the two transfers and the three incoming freshman, Kentucky’s roster is still unknown, which is why I believe that NCAA.com had them ranked so low, coming in at No. 23 in their Way-Too-Early rankings for next season.

Kentucky comes in just ahead of conference foe LSU and USC from the PAC-12.

The SEC only had four teams featured in the rankings, with Alabama and Arkansas in the top-12 and Kentucky and LSU rounding out the rankings.

I suspect that when Kentucky gets a clear view of what their roster will look like for next season, you will see a jump to the top-15, maybe even the top-10 if they are able to land someone of elite status from the portal.