Seth Greenberg was a special guest at John Calipari’s Fantasy Camp last week (hell of a nice guy, by the way) so he got to see the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats basketball team in action during a couple scrimmages in the Joe Craft Center. Greenberg, like everyone else in attendance, was very impressed with what he saw from Cal’s new team, so much so that he pulled out his laptop and wrote a scouting report of the team for ESPN.com.
It’s an ESPN Insider account so I won’t steal his money-making thunder, but I would like to share some of his Greenberg’s points from the lengthy report. Here are a few things that stood out:
On the Harrison twins:
The Harrison twins were very different than I expected. Despite their reputation of being aloof, I found them to be engaged and connected to their teammates. They were very much part of the group. I think oftentimes they are prejudged by their body language as opposed to their actions.
Randle is the most impressive physical specimen I have seen since LeBron James.
Young is the X factor for the Wildcats this season. The 6-6 wing is athletic and long, but the skill set he brings to the Kentucky lineup is as a knock-down jump shooter with 3-point range.
An explosive athlete, Young is an active offensive rebounder. Defensively he has the quickness and length to be a lockdown defender.
He has excellent hands and footwork and a knack for scoring around the basket. Despite having limited lift, Johnson uses patience and his body to create angles to score on the block.
He must get stronger and have a defined position offensively, but he showed a nice touch to 15 feet. In a crowded frontcourt, it might be difficult for him to see significant minutes as a freshman.
Read Greenberg’s entire ESPN Insider report here and then book your hotel for the Final Four.
**Alex Poythress was out with an injury during Greenberg’s stay so don’t be alarmed by his omission.