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Kentucky basketball fan: The Wildcats could be loaded next season
Kentucky freshman point Brandon Knight scored 17.3 points a game last season. Terrence Jones scored 15.7 points a game. They haven't decided if they'll declare for the draft yet but if they do, that is a lot of points to replace. Hopefully, they stick around for title number eight, but Coach Cal has a new group to pick up the slack if needed.
Meet the new recruits.
Davis is a 6-foot-10 forward who moved up the prospect rankings when he impressed everyone while playing for the AAU MeanStreets in Illinois. Coach Cal has compared him to Marcus Camby. Davis is versatile for a big man and should give Kentucky a player who score from the outside and go to the rim.
On the down side, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that someone from the Kentucky program had agreed to pay $200,000 for Davis to play at Kentucky. Kentucky and the Davis family have denied the allegations.
Teague is a 6-foot-2 physical point guard with great speed and quickness. Marquis likes to go left and needs a little work hitting threes. Teague has all the skills needed to run Kentucky's dribble-drive offense. If Brandon Knight returns, they will have two legit point guards and won't have to worry about one getting into foul trouble, wearing down, or getting injured.
Coach Cal loves Gilchrist's toughness and desire. Gilchrist is a 6-foot-7 forward who can score but also is a tenacious rebounder and defender. He needs to get better shooing the three. He sounds like DeAndre Liggins with more rebounding ability.
Calipari has to figure out how to best use the 6-foot-9 Wiltjer. He is a great shooter but can score from anywhere. Wiltjer is also a great passer out of the post. He is compared to Keith Van Horn and Kevin McHale but Calipari also invoked Larry Bird's name when talking about how to use him. Wiltjer may end being the cream of the crop.
The 2011-12 team will be very deep and will be able to shoot. If Knight and Jones return, Kentucky will be loaded. The only challenge is for Coach Cal to deal with the egos that go with a top recruiting class. Players of this caliber may not be content with less than 25 minutes a game. Calipari will have his work cut out for him but if he can make it work, the Cats should be a force.
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