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Two Kentucky players make ESPN’s Newcomers Rankings

Two Kentucky Wildcats made the list: Tyrese Maxey and Nate Sestina.

Medcalf ranked Maxey the No. 6 freshman behind James Wiseman (Memphis), Anthony Edwards (Georgia), Isaiah Stewart (Washington), Cole Anthony (North Carolina), and Nico Mannion (Arizona).

“Kentucky is loaded again — nothing new under John Calipari,” Medcalf wrote. “But the Wildcats lost Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson, and the 27.5 PPG combined they produced, to the NBA. But Maxey is a 6-3 athletic wing and future pro who has to fill that void for the Wildcats. Kentucky has to find a catalyst on offense. Maxey tops the list of internal candidates.