Klee blog: Colorado's Josh Perkins helps Gonzaga to No. 1 ranking

By: Paul Klee
January 30, 2017 Updated: January 30, 2017 at 2:58 pm
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photo - Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins, right, goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pepperdine, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Malibu, Calif.. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins, right, goes up for a layup during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Pepperdine, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017, in Malibu, Calif.. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu) 

This won't be the last time I write about Colorado's own, Josh Perkins.

But it's a good time to write about Colorado's own, Josh Perkins.

Gonzaga is the new No. 1 in college basketball — for the first time on my Top 25 ballot, which is below — and Perkins is one of the lead guards at Gonzaga. He's also from Regis Jesuit in Aurora and played with the Colorado Miners club squad. He's also developed into one of the better three-point shooting point guards in the country.

But my favorite thing about Perkins is how he's handled trying times. He sustained a broken jaw as a freshman — and returned the next season to help lead Gonzaga to another Sweet 16, with blowout wins of Seton Hall and Utah at Pepsi Center. Then the Zags brought in another stud point guard, Williams-Goss, and Perkins didn't pout. He went to work.

We don't get many Perkins types 'round these hills — Colorado guys who reach the No. 1 ranking in college basketball — and the Gonzaga coaching staff believes Perkins still has another level he can reach. 

Despite all the losses in and out of the Top 25, this was a pretty easy poll to put together. I initially leaned toward Kansas at No. 1 (winning at Kentucky is no joke) or Villanova at No. 1 (still believe the champs will be the toughest out in March) but the tiebreaker went to Gonzaga due to its No. 1 spot in Ken Pomeroy's ratings. When in doubt, KenPom it.

My Top 25 ballot for Jan. 30, 2017

1. Gonzaga

2. Kansas

3. Villanova

4. Baylor

5. Louisville

6. Kentucky

7. Arizona

8. West Virginia

9. Virginia

10. Oregon

11. North Carolina

12. UCLA

13. Wisconsin

14. Florida

15. Maryland

16. Cincinnati

17. Duke

18. Florida State

19. Purdue

20. Notre Dame

21. South Carolina

22. SMU

23. Saint Mary’s

24. Butler

25. Wichita State

Twitter: @bypaulklee

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