Cats' potential starters for 2012-13

Reported by: Dan Rieffer
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Updated: 4/12/2012 9:37 pm
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 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.
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