Kentucky Wildcats Place Three Freshmen on Naismith Award Watch List

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The watch list for the Naismith Award, honoring the nation’s top college basketball player, was release today. The Kentucky Wildcats and North Carolina Tar Heels lead the way, as each school had four players make the short list. For UK, three of them are freshmen from their soon-to-be-legendary recruiting class: Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marquis Teague.

All three are McDonald’s All-Americans and they have a fourth MAA Kyle Wiltjer, who just missed making the watch list. Go here (A Sea of Blue) to learn more about their talented freshmen class.

Locally, John Shurna of Northwestern has also earned the recognition. He is also on the watch list for the Wooden Award for the second consecutive season, which is a similar award.

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North Carolina Ties All-Time Record; #1 in AP Poll for 8th Time

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With the release of today’s college hoops AP preseason poll, the North Carolina Tar Heels further cemented themselves as one of college basketball’s most storied programs.

The Tar Heels, returning all five starters from last season’s Elite 8 team, were the landslide #1 (62/65 votes) in the Associated Press’ preseason poll. It’s the eighth time they have been #1 with a bullet since the poll started in 1961-62.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

And the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll

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North Carolina #1, Kentucky #2 in College Hoops Preseason Coaches Poll

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The North Carolina Tar Heels claimed 30 of 31 first-place votes to earn the top spot in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches preseason poll. The Kentucky Wildcats received the other first place vote and start the college basketball season ranked second with Ohio State Buckeyes, Connecticut and Syracuse rounding out the top five. The Duke Blue Devils are sixth, followed by Vanderbilt, Louisville, Memphis and Florida.

You can compare this poll versus our poll, which we initially released the day after the 2011 National Title game.

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Kentucky Wildcats Land Top Shooting Guard Archie Goodwin

The Kentucky Wildcats have owned the top ranked recruiting class in the nation the past three years. College basketball royalty, they’re off to a good start already in the 2012 recruiting cycle. It started with NC State transfer Ryan Harrow, a point guard. Now UK has an elite shooting guard to pair with in the backcourt: Archie Goodwin of Sylvan Hills (AR) committed this week.

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