For the first time in its history, the preseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award can include freshmen and transfers, and in this, the year of the freshman, the list is loaded with first-year players.
Kentucky, featuring its much ballyhooed freshman class, has the target firmly affixed to its jerseys as the Wildcats begin the season as the No. 1-ranked team in the USA Today preseason coaches' poll released Thursday.
The Kentucky Wildcats are on the verge of a historic recruiting class. James Young, rated No. 5 overall in the ESPN 100, committed to Kentucky on Thursday, choosing the Wildcats over Michigan State, Syracuse and Kansas.