After the Cats, a team many predicted to go 40-0, picked up their seventh loss of the season last night, everyone–from fans to media–is trying to figure out what happened with this group. Sadly, the bar was set way too high for a team consisting mainly of freshmen, and you can’t just pin the blame on the media. Cal and the players talked about the goal of going 40-0, and now that daydream has turned into a nightmare that seems to haunt the team in each outing. Adam Zagoria talked to an NBA scout this morning who was blunt about this group, going as far to say none of UK’s young players are ready for the league, including Julius Randle.
“Honest to God, people get so excited about Kentucky,” the NBA scout said by phone Friday morning. “And John [Calipari] does a terrific job getting those young kids, but at the end of the day, most of the time they’re going to let you down. And as good as they are, they need another year to learn how to win on the road and the whole thing.
“The truth be told, they all need another year. But Randle’s going to be a very high pick, so he’s gonna come out.”
Ouch. Go read more of the scout’s comments about Randle and the Harrison Twins over on ZagsBlog. After that, pray for two-and-through.