By Staff & Wire Reports
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday October 24, 2002
ESPN's Dick Vitale might think the Arizona men's basketball team is No. 1, but Playboy has a different team ranked first.
In Playboy magazine's December issue (on sale Monday, Oct. 28) it predicts a Kansas championship and ranks the Top 25 teams in Division 1 hoops, putting the Jayhawks at the top.
However, the magazine does rank the Wildcats No. 2 overall. It also named senior forward Luke Walton a member of the Playboy 2002-2003 Preseason Team.
However, UA senior guard Jason Gardner, who has been on most preseason All-America lists, was not on Playboy's. Guards T.J. Ford (Texas) and Brandin Knight (Pittsburgh) were the two point guards the magazine selected.
UCLA (13) and Oregon (15) were the two other Pacific 10 Conference teams ranked in the issue.