Another college basketball season begins!!
UK will have a tremendous team again this year. This very well may be the most talented squad I have ever seen in Lexington, rivaled only by the 96 squad which had 7 NBA players on it. I think this squad may be better at every position (with the possible exception of PG) than last year's final four team.
PG-Teague is another stud. Not as fast as Wall (but then again,who is), nor as good a shooter as Knight, but may have an overall game that translates better at the college level. Only time will tell how he handles big game pressure, but he has the look of top level team leader.
SG-Doron Lamb was outstanding last year,shooting +45% from deep while showing the ability to get to the rack. He may not start this year!! Michael Gillcrist-Kidd is absolutely unreal. Guy plays with an intensity that is often reserved for far less talented athletes. Anyone who appreciates basketball will love watching this kid play.
SF- Darius Miller is long,strong and a great,albeit quite leader. Super overall skill set that will cause matchup nightmares to opposing teams just like last year. Kyle Wiljer is a talented youngster with a great stroke (McDonalds 3-point champ) who at 6'9" has a great court awareness and superior passing skills.
PF- Terrance Jones is bigger,faster and more developed than last year. Obviously working with all the pros in town this summer helped TJ define those areas that he needed to improve in. Absolute monster year in store.
C-Anthony Davis has all the tools to be an overall #1 NBA pick. 6'10" with long arms and great hops, he will be a great defensive presence in the post who will get tons of put backs and dunks due to Jones' presence. Needs to add strength to be sure, but has an unique skill set rarely seen in the college game. Eloy Vargas is big,strong and as improved from his summer with the Dominican National team. Should be more than serviceable as a #2 center.
The NBA lockout worked in UK's favor IMO, as a boatload of NBA players were in town all summer long. Pick-up games aside--which rumor has it were INTENSE--the guys in the league now are some of the very few people who these kids will listen to. Having John Wall and Rajon Rondo work with Teague is a huge bonus and should pay benefits for this years team.
May the NBA cancel their entire season--more cbb for me!! GO CATS!!!