[Moderated by Matt Jones]
Four Cats are likely to leave after this season to enter their names into the NBA draft. Chad Ford has Noel going as the first overall pick, Poythress and Goodwin going 10-11, and Cauley-Stein maybe sneaking into the top 20. Kentucky will also lose Twany Beckham & Julius Mays due to them graduating. After losing those 6 players, what does that mean for those returning?
My projected 2013-2014 Kentucky roster:
Very Early Notes:
1) With Harrow, Young, and The Twins, Kentucky will likely have the best backcourt in the country with a duel-threat at both guard positions. Polson and Hood (if healthy) could also see minutes next year.
2) I’ve been thinking a lot about it, and I truly have no idea what Coach Cal will do with Harrison and Harrow both trying to win the point guard battle. It could either elevate both of their games, or stunt both of their growths. Thankfully, I’m not the one who has to decide. Either way, it will be interesting to see what happens.
3) The Twin Towers will be gone and Kentucky won’t be as big. We all know about Dakari Johnson’s ability down low (if not, watch this), but how much Wiltjer, Lee, and Willis will contribute in the paint is to be determined. Lee and Willis, both, are relatively thin which puts even more pressure on Wiltjer to step up.
4) Don’t forget: Wiggins, Gordon, and Randle all have Kentucky on their list. Landing all three is impossible, because of the lack of scholarships, but getting 2/3 could happen. Just getting one would be a huge grab late in the recruiting stages.
There’s no one on this year’s Kentucky team that I want to be successful more than Ryan Harrow. He has a good attitude, and there’s just something likeable about him. His game has improved dramatically since the start of the season and the idea of him leaving early (still a long way to go before he is ready) is not out of the question. Between games (Alabama tomorrow), this is your look ahead. But as exciting as the 2013-2014 team may be, let’s not forget about the one that is playing right now.
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