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Article written by John Reecer

16 responses to “How Bad Does Kentucky Need N’Faly Dante Right Now?”

  1. Smyrna_Cat

    It would be nice to have him. But I am hoping our two bigs worked hard this summer and are ready for break-out seasons. I think it will happen!!

    1. kjd

      After 2 seasons, there is little reason to expect Nick Richards to suddenly become a star. Reecer tries to be positive in his comments on Richards, but suggests Dante as our starting center.

    2. JT55

      Sounds like wishful thinking.

  2. ColoradoCatFan88

    After watching this guy play today, I want him in a Kentucky uniform ASAP. Plus, he could definitely help Richards improve in practice when they go head to head with as good of a defender as he is.

  3. IrishCat

    It all depends. If EJ does what I think he’ll do, Sestina is SEC caliber, Brooks can give some good minutes at the 4, and then of course Nick finally takes his step up, then we really don’t need him. That’s a lot of ifs.

  4. WKY Cat

    He’s a difference maker but not polished enough to think he’s the difference in a title or not.

    1. Cokely53

      Bingo WKY. But the coaching staff is making me nervous that they are trying so hard to land another big that they must have that little faith in the guys we have.

    2. VirginiaCat

      I agree, he would be a nice addition to our front court, but unlikely to have the impact of a battle tested veteran like Blackshear. Dante has the potential to add depth to our March run, but it’s likely that this year’s team will follow the same pattern as our post-1975 squad, i.e., Elite 8 ceiling. Hope I am wrong and that our front court equals our strong back court, but there is a lot of hoping in that statement.

  5. VirginiaCat

    Correction: Post-2015 squad

  6. dave1964

    Anyone thinking Richards will do anything but add five fouls is kidding themselves.

    1. 4everUKblue

      So glad you’re not part of the coaching staff, you would suck at building his self confidence.

    2. VirginiaCat

      I’m sure the coaching staff has been working with Richards in order to elevate his game. That said, his time thus far at Kentucky suggests that he will be a role player next year. I hope that I am wrong and that he has a breakout season, but the odds are against it. Whatever the outcome, he seems like a nice young man and I hope that the best for him.

    3. Megan

      I like Virginia Cat’s mix of good cop-bad cop. Nick’ll be a role player, hope I’m wrong, he likely won’t have a breakout season, but he seems like a nice guy. VC doesn’t think much of him as a basketball player but tries to cushion the blow. “Hope I’m wrong” covers a lot of guilt.

  7. BlueByYou

    I think the real value here is for Dante. Instead of a year in high school dunking over 6′ 3″ kids, he will improve in a big way at Kentucky, possibly stick around for a second year, and be dominant then. Wishful thinking i’m sure, but could happen!

  8. CrystalBall

    My CrystalBallz indicate he will not reclassify.

  9. JT55

    This team is obviously thin in the frontcourt. Sestina isn’t an SEC caliber post player. I seen him several times last season. I was hopeful we could land another quality big somehow.