[Moderated by Matt Jones]
As Kentucky fans in the John Calipari era we have to deal with losing players a lot more often than fans of any other university. It’s a give and take; we get a lot of great talent but we can’t have that talent for long. By now, most UK fans have come to terms with that. As it’s been in the last 4 years, after this season we expect the players to look at their draft stock, the incoming class, and how they’ve progressed on the court. Some players will have that decision made for them, like Julius Mays, who is on his last year of eligibility. Or even someone like Nerlens Noel, a player with 3 more years left after this current one, who just can’t pass up being in the top 3 of the lottery. It seems like every year there’s that one player who finds themselves in the middle ground, but this year that middle ground is much bigger than one player.
Poythress, Harrow, Goodwin, and Cauley-Stein all find themselves in a difficult spot. Leave early for a considerably weaker draft or stay an extra year and fight to be a starter, even when they may be starting this year? Some players, like Archie, need the extra time. There are tons of 6’4” in the NBA who can drive to the basket, and Archie has done little to nothing so far this year to standout from the rest. And then there’s someone like Harrow, who may never have a high draft stock, but should consider going this year since it will be the weakest draft in a while. For each player there are pros and cons, but I’m not here to tell you what I think; I want to know what you think. Yes, you, the reader. Who should stay? Who should go? Are you looking out for the best interest of the player, or do you want what’s best for the team? It’d be nice to have an experienced PG like Harrow coming off the bench next year, but is it really best for his future? His draft stock may be higher if he comes back and improves, but does Poythress really need another year at the college level? Leave your comments below.
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