With the addition of Nerlens Noel and the likelihood of Kentucky losing five underclassmen to the NBA, who will be the Cats' starting five?
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Following the commitment of Nerlens Noel to Kentucky Wednesday night - coupled with John Calipari's apparent expectation that five of UK's underclassmen will enter the NBA draft - the Wildcats' roster for the 2012-13 season is getting closer to being finalized. Calipari said on ESPNU Wednesday night, UK may sign a one or two more players.
Assuming Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb all turn pro - along with the graduations of Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas - Kentucky would have 11 players on its roster for 2012-13 if there are no additions or further subtractions.
Here's what the starting five could look like:
Point Guard - Ryan Harrow, Jr.
Shooting Guard - Archie Goodwin, Fr.
Wing - Kyle Wiltjer, So.
Forward - Nerlens Noel, Fr.
Forward - Alex Poythress
Center - Willie Cauley, Fr.
Guard - Jon Hood, Sr.
Guard - Twany Beckham, Sr.
Guard - Jarrod Polson, Jr.
Guard - Brian Long, So.
Guard - Sam Malone, So.
ABC 36 Sports talked to Scout.com national recruiting analyst Evan Daniels about how Calipari has been able to land the country's top class for what appears will be a fourth straight year. Daniels says Calipari is selling exactly what highly-touted high schoolers want: the quickest path to the NBA.