Its weird because there are a couple backcourts that I would probably rank ahead of Uconn which are ranked behind them, but I only see UF and Duke being better in the group of teams ranked above them. UNC has a very good point guard but their 2G spot is suspect and Ohio St has a very good 2G and an overrated Craft. If Craft was black he would be another solid player.
If DD is considered a shooting guard (which he could be by the end of the year), than I think that puts us up 2-3 spots.
Our ranking may be a reflection of 'no Kemba' as opposed to our skill and talent level. No one knows how our guards will adjust to not having the best player in the country on the court. Certainly it will take time, so pre-season number 7 sounds right to me.
Why don't you think DD can play at the 2? He certainly has the offensive game to play the shooting guard position. He appears to have really good ball handling skills and shooting seems to be his best asset. His length would make up for a quickness disadvantage.