Next Year's Kentucky Team

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  1. GothamGator
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    This is a very early look, and obviously we will know more once NBA decisions are announced and the Spring recruiting/transfer season is over.

    Let's begin with the assumption that at least these four players are going to the NBA: Aaron Harrison (G), Andrew Harrison (G), James Young (SF), and Julius Randle (PF). It is possible that these two will also go to the NBA: Alex Poythress (CF), Dakari Johnson (C). Finally, UK will lose a couple of seniors who contributed minutes this year: Jared Polson (G), Jon Hood (G).

    They have the following freshmen coming in: Tyler Ulis (5-9, PG, 4-star), Devin Booker (6-5, SG, 4-star), Trey Lyles (6-10, PF, 5-star), Karl Towns (6-11, C, 5-star).

    Their returning players of note include: Dominique Hawkins (SF, So., 3-star), Marcus Lee (PF, So, 5-star), Willie Cauley-Stein (7-0, C, 5-star) and maybe Poythress (PF) and Johnson (C).

    This results in a very lopsided roster that points out the shortcomings of Calipari's system, in which players cycle through so quickly it is impossible to reliably establish depth across all positions.

    PG: Ulis (Fr)
    SG: Booker (Fr), Hawkins (So)
    SF: Poythress (Jr, maybe)
    PF: Lee (So), Lyles (Fr)
    C: Cauley-Stein (Jr), Johnson (So, maybe), Towns (Fr)

    The lineup has amazing depth and talent in the paint, with 4-6 guys who can play either PF or Center at a fairly high level. On the other hand, there is very little on the wings other than two untested freshmen, and a sophomore who made one FG last season. You can also add in Alex Poythress, if he stays, who can play SF, even if it is not his natural position.

    This is not a roster that can win the conference, much less a national title. It will be hard for UK to exploit its advantage on the inside unless it has more talent on the outside. Further, if either of the freshmen guards struggle, this could be a repeat of the 2013 team that missed the tournament.

    Of course, a couple of things could happen to flip this scenario around. First, the Harrison twins could decide to stay for their sophomore seasons. If that happens, this becomes a stacked roster that will be favorites to win the national title. Second, Kentucky could add backcourt depth by taking a late signee or a transfer. That would help ensure they get to the NCAA tournament with a fighting chance, but this approach has not yielded a huge difference for them in previous years.

    What say you?
  2. orangeblueorangeblue
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    They're weakness will be at the 1, but if they can work through that I disagree re: conference and national title opportunities.

    I think they'll be a very good team next year.
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    They're screwed without polson
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    It's not like it did them any good against us anyway.
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    Next years Kentucky team is focused on their proms this week.
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    Hahahaha. Funny because it's true.
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    So you're saying that we should offer to loan them Graham in exchange for Dakari Johnson?

    Interesting, Gotham. Interesting.
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    For once I can say that a majority of our players are staying. I am hearing there is more good news on the way...hope it just isnt Poythress as that is a guarantee he is back as where would he go!

    Jeff
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    I don't think it's a coincidence that the year Calipari doesn't have a slew of top tier talent coming in, there are some players who will come back.
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    I don't understand how the Harrison's are NBA ready.
    Who are they guarding effectively at the next level?
    Stephen Curry, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose?
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    Any way you cut it, Ky is going to be a more experienced team next year with a talent level most teams would love. BTW, Florida, even with the losses of our seniors is going to be pretty good too.
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    I see next years team going much like this years team. They will struggle at the start and then heat up towards the end of the season. Gators will go 3-0 vs them again!
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    If the Harrison's go pro, I just don't see them being successful. GL depending on a 5 9 freshmen to run the point for you.
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    It really must be interesting to hear some of these conversations Cal must be having with players, parents, and recruits...talk about juggling a bunch of balls in the air to keep everyone on the happy train.
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    Another year will not change that.
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    Next edition of UK basketball will be the greatest assemblage of talent ever assembled, at any level. Think of the Miami Heat on steroids. 40-0, for sure. We should award them the title now, and save ourselves the aggravation.
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    Lol whatever we will lose to Miss State on the road lol

    Jeff
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    Well, all four of their new Frosh played in the Mickey D game, whereas no Gator recruit played, so, although they will be frosh, they are apparently very good. That, however, if they don't either pick someone useful this spring, or if the Harrisons leave as many expect, as you note Goth, this will be a relatively thin wing team.

    This year's team had such an incredible amount of talent on it, that their finishing tied for second in the SEC with Georgia was quite simply embarrassing. However, managing to get to the NCAA Tournament Finals saved the year for good old crazy Cali.
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    KY basketball- it is always a roller coaster.
    Not my cup of tea.
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    According to their message board its going to be announced soon that everyone is returning including randle....and they already are talking 40-0 if just the harrisons come back.

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