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Fan’s view: The Kentucky Wildcats 2011-12 roster is here - do they have a weakness?
Here is the unofficial roster for the 2011-12 Kentucky Wildcats:
Darius Miller (G/F 6-7 228 SR)
Stacey Poole (G 6-4 195 SO)
Terrence Jones (F 6-8 244 SO)
Jon Hood (G 6-7 202 JR)
Jarrod Polson (G 6-2 185 SO)
Michael Gilchrist (G/F 6-7 222 FR)
Doron Lamb (G 6-4 205 SO)
Anthony Davis (F 6-10 209 FR)
Marquis Teague (G 6-2 178 FR)
Eloy Vargas (F/C 6-11 250 SR)
Kyle Wiltjer (F 6-9 224 FR)
Twany Beckham (G 6-5 195 JR) - Beckham is not eligible until December 2011
Ryan Harrow (G 6-1 185 SO) - Harrow is not eligible until the beginning of the 2012-13 season
The experts seem to like this team. They are number 2 on Foxsports.com and Sportingnews.com. They are number 1 on Rivals.com and SBNation.com. This doesn't mean much because they still haven't played the games. However, it isn't too early to be optimistic about this team.
This Wildcat squad has no clear weakness but they have some minor question marks. Here is the list:
Bulk under the glass
Check out the roster above and you will see that the Wildcats' two heaviest players are Terrence Jones and Eloy Vargas. These are two guys who would not be described as bangers. Vargas could grow into that role like Josh Harrellson did last season. Jones could give up on his perimeter game and do his work in the post, also. Anthony Davis projects to be the starting center but he weighs barely more than 200 pounds which leaves the possibility of him getting pushed around by bigger centers. He and Jones have shot blocking ability, though.
A big man down low to create space would be nice.
Only one proven three-point shooter
Doron Lamb is poised to have a big year. There is no doubt that he can score from all over the floor. He hit an impressive 48.6% of his three point attempts last season. Darius Miller is another player that can hit from downtown. He made 44.3% of his tries last season. Miller can disappear in game and shouldn't be counted on to knock down big shots, though. Terrence Jones can hit from beyond the arc but his awkward shot is not best suited for it.
The new Wildcats should be able to pop some threes as well. Kyle Wiltjer won the three point shootout at McDonalds All-American weekend. He was the first future Wildcat to win the contest. Marquis Teague, Michael Gilchrist, and Anthony Davis should be able to make some, too.
Kentucky should be one of the best three point shooting teams in the country.
Inexperience at point guard
The point guards are likely going to be Marquis Teague, Twany Beckham, and Doron Lamb. Teague will get the bulk of the minutes at the position, though. Beckham or Lamb will take over when he is on the bench. Coach Cal is well known for having a top point guard and Teague fits the bill but this is his first year. There may be some first year mistakes to deal with. He may benefit from practicing against Ryan Harrow every day, also.
Last season, Brandon Knight looked tired at the end of the games. Part of that was because he was asked to be the team's number one scoring option as the season progressed. Asking the point guard to do it all is tough. Knight overcame that a lot because he is a great player. Teague is expected to be a pass-first point guard and he will have plenty of scorers to dish the ball to.
Teague will be fine as their point guard.
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