We could have given you a preseason top 25 for the next college basketball season on the day after the Final Four ended. The Kentucky Wildcats had five starters scheduled to return. They’d have looked like a pretty fair pick to repeat.
Of course, it was obvious most or all of the key Wildcats would depart for the NBA, so it made no sense to take a guess then. We’d have been guessing at who would return and guessing at who might fill their roster spots.
We decided to wait until now, when the NBA early entry issues were resolved and nearly all of the top recruits had chosen schools.
Even with all of that information available, it’s still a tough call. But it’s rooted in reality. Here's the first look at Sporting News' preseason top 25: