By Drew Franklin on ©April 17th, 2019 @ 5:45pm
Posted in Basketball, Main | 36 Responses
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With today’s news that Jemarl Baker is leaving Kentucky, only one player remains from the eight-man Class of 2017.
Go nick go!!! Would he be the first 5 star recruit to attend an actual senior day?
Since Cal’s been here, yes he would. That of course means he has to stay two more seasons….. Doubt it.
Alex Poythress was a 5 star recruit that stayed 4 years
Poythress was the only five star guy that stayed for four or even three years of Cal recruits.
This program is becoming a train wreck.
WTF are you talking about?? This happens pretty much EVERY year since 2009. Not much of a train wreck bro.
An OT away from the FF is a train wreck? I am trying really hard to not let any unwholesome talk come out of my mouth (or should I say out of my finger tips!)
But we mock Marques Bolden for choosing Duke
It’s funny how the same people who complain about kids leaving, whether it be transfer or nba, are the exact same ones who love to crap on the guys who stay. I don’t get that. Literally people saying Nick sucks have also been complaining about him leaving, though he’s given zero implication that he’s even considering it. Dude is head over hills for Leah, I don’t see him leaving even if he wanted to…which I doubt he wants to. This site is full of hypocritical, grumpy people who contradict themselves daily just so they have something to complain about. Some of y’all need to get a life. Imagine how much better you’ll feel once you stop complaining all the time. Imagine how much happier you’d be if you just enjoyed our team instead punching walls if we don’t win it all every year. Cal, UK, and most of us fans whose lives don’t hang in the balance over the outcome of a schoolyard game would be much better off if y’all would just go root for dUKe or Louisville or something. Also, just as a reminder, K had the 3 best freshman, and multiple 5 stars this year and he’s lucky to have survived the first week. But, I know your way of thinking will mock Cal for losing a top recruit to K, and in the next article, complain about a stud of ours leaving after 1 year, whatever fits your narrative of misery. I bet a few of y’all would’ve ended it all if we would’ve gotten RJ, Zion, and Cam this year and went out when they did. For real, get a hobby kids, it’s embarrassing to read what y’all write on here.
My man. Agree 100%
Preach it nc96…exactly right.
Problem is we the fans are left year after year to start over with a new group of one and dones some of which we think aren’t ready for the league but go anyway and get drafted. We the Ky fans are left wondering what if this guy would have stayed or that guy. Love the run we have been on since CAL took over but it’s frustrating seeing kids and teams keep players who out perform and advance farther in the tourney then the KY kids and actually stay another year or 2. I don’t have the answer to how to fix the problem. CAL is all in on players first and running them out the door to the league as fast as possible to get the next group in. My problem along with a lot of others is we want the best talent but we also want guys that want to be here 4 years heck at least 2 or 3.
Well that’s a problem Scott. Because the best talent ain’t staying 4 years..
Problem is the best talent is going to PUKE. CAL needs to step up his game a little.
Which is it? The best talent or stay for 2-4 years? And which team do you think has been more consistent than UK over the last ten years? We have over 300 wins and more final fours than anyone over that period.
Always want the best talent. Like to have some guys that can hang around and be productive and a strong bench. It shouldn’t be that hard at a place like UK to fill out a 13 man roster.
No train wreck but a player short every year lately…
That and terrible FT shooting in big games and no in-game adjustments by Cal in the big games
This one puzzles me. He can be a big part of our program next year. He has been hurt most of the time and now wants to leave? This one for the first time really makes me mad.
He was not going to be a big part of anything. He is not an NBS prospect so he would seldom get to play with Cal coaching. Is not players first, it is NBA players first.
My point is did Hagans or Quickley play that great this season to not give Baker a chance. I mean they had a game or 2 where they were really good but both were bad down the stretch of last 12 games. Yet they can screw up over and over and Cal will scream, Baker makes one mistake and he is done, Why, he is not a potential NBA guy.
Baker isn’t a point guard, so why would Hagans be taking any of his minutes? Baker was behind Herro and Quickley
I don’t know what games you were watching mashburnfan but Quickley and Hagans were way more consistent than Baker as well as they were pgs.
Without Quickly we don’t make it to Auburn.
Cal made his proprieties clear when he said that the name on the back of the jersey is more important than the name on front of the jersey. Many of us lifelong fans feel that it should be the other way around. That is really the crux of the matter, respecting the program and putting it first.
So let’s get players who will stay for 4 years because they don’t have better options? What year are you living in? The days of elite 4-year guys are dead and gone. Live in the present.
SKJ in spring 2018, Quade in fall 2018, Baker in spring 2019. Not a good look, becoming a transfer factory for 4/5 stars leaving and graduate students coming in. Very poor look. A lot of players aren’t looking at UK as a serious place to play college basketball rather a pit stop to the NBA and if they aren’t a one and done they feel like failures. One of my players went to UK and transferred after one year because of this stigma
Probably will go down as the worst, and most underachieving class in Cal’s entire career, when it’s all said and done. P.J. and SKG were the only “bright spots”, IMO, as none of the others were productive enough or got enough game and/or “press” time to even be memorable. JV and JBjr weren’t even blips on the radar, and will be hard to remember anything about at all in another 5 yrs. Hami was “an athlete”, who had that 1 “great” game, against Buffalo, in the tourney, and a couple other good games….with a TON of no-shows, including the in the close loss to KSt. Knox was good, but also took a lot of games off, and refused to play defense, much like KWiltjer. Pitino’s first bunch was dubbed the “Unforgettables”…and rightfully so. This class could just as easily be called the “Forgettables”…which is sad. I really hate it for PJ.
I love my team, understand how good the coach is, and really like the young men that he cycles into the program on a yearly basis. And I also really dislike the current culture of the program. I don’t begrudge any young man for chasing his dreams and I will not criticize them. But this is becoming laughable. We are having trouble retaining unproductive players. I’m going to have to systematically change my what I know about fandom and reevaluate my life to remain a fan of this team. Food is starting to taste different…
‘member that time you almost cost us the game against Vandy, because you sucked at FTs? I do.
This is the class that all you stay 3-4 years people wanted, and loved.
Well, to be fair, if they HAD stayed, they likely would have been very good by year 3.