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Go to Work: How Freddie Maggard has Changed UK Football Off the Field

“Go to Work.”  The mantra repeated before each football offseason echoes throughout the Big Blue Nation, but what exactly does it mean?  In this KSR summer series, we explore what the Kentucky football is doing everyday to prepare for the 2018 season.  The series begins with a look at how Freddie Maggard has made Player Development Wednesday’s an important part of the program.

“Hello there, Nicholas.”

Freddie Maggard’s greeting is familiar, but the setting is not the same.  Instead of entering the iHeart Radio station for another hour-long KSR podcast, on Wednesday I found Freddie in his new second-floor office at the Joe Craft Football Training Facility.  It’s June, normally a month Freddie spends waste deep into Phil Steele, Athlon and other college football preview magazines.

“I’m not going to read any of them.  Why should I?  I care about the 100 players we have and one team.  That’s Kentucky.  I don’t care about anybody else’s team.  I only care about the University of Kentucky.”

Walking past the college football preview magazines on the shelves at the Versailles Kroger is one of the many changes Maggard has made (and probably least significant) since he became UK’s Director of Player Development in April.  In short, his job is to be the players’ coach off the field.  Instead of wearing a whistle, he wears a tie, one that carries quite a bit of responsibility.


From the Top

Maggard’s position in the program is not new, but he is bringing more to the table, thanks to the vision of Kentucky’s head coach.

“I had this idea in my head for about the last year.  It was a big need for us and our program to do more for our players,” Stoops said this week while hosting Kentucky Sports Radio.  “We work unbelievably hard with nutrition, strength and conditioning, X’s and O’s, all phases up their life.  There’s so many issues, we just need somebody there to work with them full-time to help them.”

Stoops’ verbal commitment to Player Development is substantiated by the resources the team has dedicated to the program.  Every Wednesday this summer is exclusively dedicated to Player Development.  In the mornings the team meets together.  They finish the day with food and fun.

“He’s been wonderful in giving me the latitude to do my thing,” Maggard said.  “That’s what we’ve been doing and that’s going well.  There’s a lot of really good things going on here.  There’s a lot of internships, jobs, graduations and we are just very appreciative of the Big Blue Nation.”

A short list of what’s happened in the first three Wednesdays of the summer:

  • Crawfish Boil
  • Brand Management Marketing Seminar
  • Golf Simulator
  • Financial Savings and Management Seminar
  • Whiffle Ball and H-O-R-S-E
  • NFLPA Rep Explained NFL Transition and Broke Down Salary Expenditures
  • Steak Dinner
  • Words of Wisdom from Jacob Tamme
  • A Dunk Tank

“The emphasis on player development, it comes from the very top,” Freddie said.  “I can’t tell you how passionate, how adamant Coach Stoops is about Player Development.  It’s priority for him, because he wants to take care of his players.  Not just for the three, four, five years they’re here.  He wants them to succeed in that next 40 years.  That’s why I’m here.”

Three New Programs

At the heart of UK’s Player Development Program is the “4 for 40” motto.  The goal is not to just make these people great football players for four years, but to make them successful for the next forty years, something Freddie has experienced first hand.

I am the 4 for 40.  I’m in that 40-year span of my post-football life.  They understand that and I think it also helps to relate that I was in their chair 30 years ago.  I was sitting right where they are 30 years ago.  Time and the technology’s changed, but the only thing changes is the names on the back of the jerseys. Eighteen to 22 year-olds, that’s a tough transition.  My job is to help serve them and help prepare them for the future.”

To prepare a person for the next chapter of their life, it requires a multi-faceted approach.  Wednesdays take a collective angle, but each individual will follow a different path in life.  That’s why each individual is formulating a “4 for 40” plan with Freddie, curtailed to their specific goals.  In Mike Edwards’ plan, it involved an internship in the Kentucky State Police’s Crime Lab.

For those that missed out on the Player Development experience, Freddie Developed the “Audible” initiative.  The average NFL career lasts three years.  Once their time is complete and they need to find a career, Freddie is there to help with resume building, interview training and much more.  In two short months five former players have found a job that fits their career path, namely Marcus McWilson, Alex Montgomery and, “The BBN’s going to be really surprised in a good way with JoJo Kemp.  I can’t tell you what it is, but it’s going to be a good thing.”


The third facet of Freddie Maggard’s Player Development Program is “Huddle Up.”  While the “4 for 40” program is all about improving the individual’s life, the goal of “Huddle Up” is to improve together to make the community a better place for all.

“Bringing everybody together, whether it be former players, the community.  How do we define community?  Not Fayette County, not Lexington, but the Big Blue Nation, which has no boundaries.”

“Huddle Up” encompasses quite a few things.  In the morning Freddie might connect Logan Stenberg with the Special Olympics of Kentucky.  In the afternoon, he could host a handful of former players to see the new football facility for the first time.

“This facility is less than two years old, but this facility is ours.  Ours meaning, I don’t care if you played under Bear Bryant or you played under Mark Stoops.  This is our facility and that’s the message I want to get out to the former players.”  He added, “You can’t go forward until you recognize the past.”

Only One Hat

Freddie has created three new programs in just two months on the job, but in this job he only has to wear one hat.  While working in his various media jobs, he had to play the role of former player, fan and objective media member on TV, radio and in print.  Being pulled in different directions was tiresome.

“It was so hard for me.  I was very protective of the football team when I was in the media.  I tried to do the best I could to paint an accurate an objective picture, but that was just impossible for me to do because in my heart I bleed blue.  I always have and I always will,” he said.  “I’m glad I’m just now focused on one job and that is to serve our football players.”

It was hard, but he still misses many parts of his previous gig.  Near the top of the list is fan interaction.  He also doesn’t watch football anymore, “unless I walk by an office where the coaches are watching film.”  Sleep and days off are also in short supply, but at the end of the day, he could not turn down the chance to help his team.

“This is a great opportunity.  Not only for me, but to help give back to the program. For me, a lot of it is giving back.  It’s providing a service that I think Kentucky needed.  To me, it was a no-brainer decision to come back here and begin this new chapter.”

His office is no longer at home, but it hasn’t kept him from seeing his family.  In fact, bringing his daughter Ellie to the facility is one of the many perks of working for Mark Stoops.

“I love it.  Little things like family.  My daughter comes to work with me quite a bit and there’s a bunch of kids running around.  It’s a family environment.  I really like it.  I appreciate this opportunity and it’s been great.”

The Future

In two short months, Kentucky has integrated a comprehensive Player Developmental program.  Even though the program is in its infancy, Freddie has already seen surprising results.

“Seeing the eyes of the players wide open and learning, and accepting the mentoring, and education, and the resources that we’re providing…when I see that, that’s beneficial.  When I see our players going into the community and engaging and see them positively affect others, that’s what I want.  When I talk to players and now they’re talking about saving money, when they’re talking about a savings plan or those kind of things, seeing them grow off the field, that’s rewarding.  It was unexpected that it would come this fast.  I thought it would take more time…We got a long way to go.  We’re in the crawl phase but we’re still making a big difference.”

Freddie Maggard’s Player Development program will continue to grow, but there’s no end in sight.  Built on preparing Kentucky football players for the next step in their life, even after they reach that point, his job is not finished.

“My job is to help serve them and help prepare them for the future and that’s what we’re doing,” he said.  “It’s never complete.  It’s continually ongoing…The end game is to serve our players.”

Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Joel Justus lend a hand at Special Olympics Basketball Camp

Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Joel Justus lend a hand at Special Olympics Basketball Camp

John Calipari is arguably the top recruiter in college basketball, but his emphasis on signing high-character athletes at Kentucky year in and year out is just as impressive. If there are major red flags with a prospect’s character or personality, the Wildcat head coach will cut off contact immediately and let another coach deal with the baggage, no matter how talented they may be.

This afternoon, Coach Cal proved yet again he signed a class of stellar recruits both on and off the floor.

I’ve been coaching at a Special Olympics basketball camp this week, where athletes have been working each day to prepare for a final championship game held this afternoon. To start the day, we warmed up and began our morning drill session, the same schedule we had gone through all week long. Nothing different.

And in walked Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus with his two prized signees, Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson, to surprise the campers.

Almost immediately, they jumped in and asked what they could do to help. We introduced them to the campers, who then welcomed the Wildcats with hugs and high-fives. They followed it up with some individual attention in the drills, several fun games and activities, and some on-court help during a small walkthrough scrimmage to prepare for the big game scheduled after lunch.

During the exhibition game, they helped direct traffic on the court, assisted the campers with dribbling, passing, and shooting, and lifted their spirits on the sideline during timeouts. No matter the age of the camper or the challenges they faced, they did their best to make sure each individual had the time of their lives.

After the scrimmage, they took pictures, talked to campers, and shot around with them for as long as they wanted. They stayed for several hours, and probably would’ve stuck around longer if we asked them to.

“Our guys were super excited to come out and to be around the kids,” said UK assistant coach Joel Justus. “Immanuel and Keldon both jumped right at the opportunity to come out. They wanted to be involved and it was a lot of fun to watch them interact with the campers. We’re just so blessed here at Kentucky and they’re extremely blessed as individuals. It was a fun day all around.”

No television cameras or interviewers. No spotlight for attention. Just lending a hand to some awesome kids for the day.

Check out some of KSR’s highlights from the fun afternoon:

To put the icing on the cake, Kentucky legend Jack “Goose” Givens also came to help out this week, who gave the campers a motivational speech and worked with them on drills on Wednesday morning.

He talked about his time at Kentucky, playing in the NBA, and the keys to success in basketball.

Take a look:

This is a special, special program.

Go Cats.

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YAHTZEE! 2019 JUCO defensive lineman Taures Payne has committed to Kentucky!

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How about yet another Yahtzee to close out your Friday night?

2019 JUCO defensive end Taures Payne has committed to Kentucky!

Justin Rowland of confirmed the news, who also added Payne will have two years of eligibility remaining by the time he gets on campus:

Payne, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound defensive end out of Northwest Mississippi Community College, committed to Kentucky over Central Florida, Maryland, and Houston, among others. The Cats offered Payne back in April.

The newest Wildcat finished with 33 tackles, six tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks last season for the Rangers.

Watch his highlights from last season:

Welcome home, Taures!

Major changes coming to college basketball recruiting

Don’t think the NCAA has forgotten about the FBI investigation that rocked college basketball last year. In hopes to combat the influence of AAU programs and shoe companies with college recruitments, the NABC Ad Hoc committee is expected to recommend big changes to the summer recruiting circuit and live period. Those recommendations will be made to the Commission on College Basketball that for some reason is still being led by Condoleeza Rice. Dan Guerrero (UCLA AD) will draft the proposal and it will be accepted or denied by Rice and company, and we should all expect it to pass. It wouldn’t change AAU basketball this July, but things could still move quickly.

So, here’s what would change according to Jeff Goodman: The shoe company events in July (Peach Jam, adidas Gauntlet, Under Armour Championship Thing ((not its actual name)) would still run, but college coaches would not be allowed to attend. College coaches are already barred from a couple events in the spring, so evaluating would seem to be difficult.


The NCAA will host four regional camps that will invited 35 players to attend. The college coaches would vote on the players (based regionally) and then the coaches could watch those players go through drills and scrimmages. MVPs of those four camps would be invited to an Elite Camp where coaching would be provided by the G League and possibly NBA players. Kinda like an NBA Top 100 Camp situation, but with fewer players.

The plan would also include open gyms at high schools in May and June, where college coaches could travel across the country and watch their targets play in their high school gyms with other high school players. It’s clear that the NCAA wants high school coaches to have more power while trying to take the influence of AAU teams and shoe companies out of the equation.

I’m all for taking power away from AAU teams and shoe companies, but I’m not convinced the influence won’t transition over to high schools. Nike, adidas and Under Armour still sponsor high schools. High schools may still be tempted to hire shady individuals if it means the school will get more money. If the NCAA isn’t careful then high schools’ apparel rights could turn into bidding wars. It’s already happened at some prep-schools.

From a Kentucky perspective regional camps would be good and give UK the chance to see the best of the best go against the best of the best. No hiding there. But these camps could be a major bummer for unranked, three and low-end four-star players. Every year we have a few players that had zero national buzz shoot up in the rankings and land offers from bluebloods. That could still possibly happen, but it seems less likely.

There’s no easy answer, but at least the NCAA is trying new things. I’m all for limiting influence of shoe companies but hopefully the shadiness won’t just slide over to high school athletics.


How Kentucky’s Draftees Fit in With Their New Teams

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Now that the NBA draft is over, we finally know where our five (well, four. Wenyen Gabriel went undrafted) former Kentucky Wildcats will be playing at the next level. Let’s take a look at how they project on their new teams.

Kevin Knox – No. 9 New York Knicks

It’s a bit of a shock, but it’s official, Kevin Knox is going to be a member of the New York Knicks.

While he went higher in the draft than I expected (I had him falling off a cliff all the way to No. 17 despite most mock drafts slotting him in the 9-11 range), New York may actually be one of the best possible scenarios for him.

Instead of going in the middle of the first round to teams such as the Denver Nuggets, Washington Wizards, or Milwaukee Bucks – all teams with solidified shooting guards – the Knicks saw the gaping hole in their backcourt and went for the 6-foot-10 guard who can shoot from anywhere on the court.

So how does Knox fit in with the Knicks? Quite favorably, actually.

The Knicks backcourt consists of Emmanuel Mudiay and Frank Ntilikina at the point with Courtney Lee and Tim Hardaway Jr. at shooting guard. Knox is better suited to play the two, especially early in his NBA career, but will still earn plenty of minutes at the three on a young Knicks team still looking to build. Odds are he’ll see a lot of playing time at the small forward position as they try to work out a proper spot for him in the rotation. The Knicks have invested a large sum of money into Hardaway Jr. and he’s showed promise as their two-guard of the future, so Knox will have to play next to him or soak up minutes when he heads to the bench.

Knox is a good fit for New York because he brings another threat from the perimeter and can help make open shots as defenses will turn most of their focus on Kristaps Porzingis.

Knox still needs to work on becoming more consistent when attacking the rim and playing focused defense, but his shooting stroke is undeniable. He shot 36.9 percent from NBA three-point range in his lone season at Kentucky, per The Stepien, which is around the league average and would be a great number for him to aim for in his first season.

Something that is key here is that he’s going to have opportunities to make mistakes and learn from them, something he wouldn’t have nearly as much leeway with if he were selected by a low-seed playoff team trying to win sooner rather than later.

Knox worked well next to a prolific floor general in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, something he won’t have in New York with Mudiay (who may be the most inconsistent player in the entire NBA) or Ntilikina just yet (who is entering his second year after a solid rookie year but primarily succeeded as a defensive stalwart). Knox will have to rely on working off Porzingis to generate shots until he can become more consistent getting to the rim, which is a blessing more than anything else. He’ll be able to hang along the perimeter and hunt for open looks. He could be an incredibly difficult cover with his height and shooting ability if he dedicates himself to consistent off-ball movement on offense.

Another reason this fit works so well is because of Knicks new head coach, David Fizdale. Fiz is a great players coach who has always been able to make connections and get the most out of guys who specialize in one area. Fizdale was overly impressed with Knox in workouts and the consensus appears to be that Fiz was the one who really wanted to take a gamble on Knox.

It’s hard to tell right now if Knox will be a starter – that’ll become more clear after free agency gets rolling – but he has a clear role on this team without playing one minute. The Knicks needed more outside shooting to complement the backcourt and Knox provides that immediately.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – No. 11 Los Angeles Clippers (via Hornets)

After originally being selected by the Charlotte Hornets, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Clippers were desperate for a starting point guard and they finally got their man, one that fits perfectly into their scheme.

SGA immediately brings a floor general playstyle that the Clippers were obviously missing with the departure of Chris Paul. Patrick Beverley played only 11 games last season due to injury, so they missed his production at point guard, but he can’t run and direct an offense like SGA can. If the Clippers do manage to hang onto DeAndre Jordan before next season begins, he and SGA will form a dangerous pick-and-roll that can beat the defense from every area of the court and – more importantly – create open looks for shooters. SGA is great at attacking the rim, he has a solid outside jumper and reads defenses better than any guard prospect in this draft.

With Lou Williams and Tobias Harris taking on most of the scoring responsibility, SGA won’t be asked to do as much as he was at Kentucky and can focus on setting up his teammates and attacking with perfect precision. He’s a brilliant basketball mind and it will be put on display even more so than it was in college.

Jarred Vanderbilt – No. 41 Denver Nuggets (via Magic)

Of the four drafted, this is without a doubt my favorite fit. Jarred Vanderbilt is a humongous work in progress but with so much unique potential. He plays stellar defense, rebounds at an already elite level, can slip passes through the tiniest windows, and handle the ball like a guard. Going to Denver couldn’t have worked out any better for him, especially since Orlando – one of the two NBA graveyards (sorry, Sacramento) – was the team that drafted him before trading him to the Nuggets (I understand that Denver had Orlando make the pick for them, I’m just happy he didn’t get stuck there regardless).

Nuggets head coach Mike Malone led one of the league’s most dangerous offenses last season with a focus on pushing the tempo and scoring as many points in as little time as possible. Vando is a one-man fastbreak and gives the Nuggets another option to keep a fast pace and constant pressure on opposing defenses at all times.

Vanderbilt is going to desperately need to develop a consistent touch around the rim before he does anything else, but even without it, he can be plugged into a small-ball lineup surrounded by the Nuggets many shooters and thrive.

Vanderbilt joins two other former Wildcats, Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles, who both had the best seasons of their still young careers. The Nuggets slightly missed the playoffs, in large part to a putrid defense and streaky offense, something they’ll bring Vanderbilt in to try and correct. If fully healthy, Vando can make an impact on day one and could end up being one of the steals of this draft.

I think his connection with Nikola Jokic is going to be dangerous (when Paul Millsap is on the bench, at least) and their combined basketball IQ could wreak havoc on underprepared defenses. Off the bench, Vanderbilt could play the point forward role alongside Mason Plumlee, another great passing big. Noticing a trend here? Vando, Plumlee, Millsap, and Jokic are all great passing bigs. The Nuggets clearly value that and it’s worked in their favor thus far. With Murray, Harris, and Jokic all scheduled to have huge seasons, Vando could slide in and quietly make an impact for a playoff team.

Great pickup for Denver. Better fit for Vanderbilt.

Hamidou Diallo – No. 45 Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nets, Hornets)

After being drafted by the Brooklyn Nets (the team most expected him to ultimately end up on) and quickly traded to the Charlotte Hornets, Hamidou Diallo was once again traded, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He was on three teams in less than three hours, but Diallo finally found his home in OKC.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the same enthusiasm about Diallo’s fit in OKC as I do with Vando in Denver. The Thunder need shooting more than anything, in my opinion, and all they did was add another version of Terrence Ferguson to their plethora of over-the-top athletic guards/wings. With Russell Westbrook, Jerami Grant, Josh Huestis, Andre Roberson, and Ferguson, the Thunder already have way too many players who aren’t reliable outside shooting threats. If Paul George (and hopefully Carmelo Anthony) find their way to new teams, that only exacerbates the situation.

Playing time will be hard to find for Diallo and I don’t see how he fits next to Westbrook in any way that benefits him more than it hurts him. Then there’s also the history of Victor Oladipo, who was held back like a fourth-year sixth grader until he graduated to Indianapolis where he is now an All-Star. Westbrook is an incredible player, but not one that regularly makes the players that surround him better. The team is in win-now mode more than ever as Westbrook continues to age, and I just don’t see how Diallo is going to fit into their scheme that doesn’t include having him float around the perimeter begging for an opportunity.

Had Charlotte or especially Brooklyn drafted him, I’d feel a lot better about his potential in his rookie season, but I don’t believe in the Thunder all-of-the-sudden going through an entire shift in their offensive gameplan. I think Diallo will get some chances early in the season, but this doesn’t look to be an ideal fit for him at the moment.

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Kentucky now has all the pieces to win a national title

Kentucky now has all the pieces to win a national title

Reid Travis is officially a Kentucky Wildcat, meaning the 2018-19 roster is complete. Let’s break down that roster, and why the addition of Travis makes Kentucky a legitimate national title contender.


Quade Green

We saw how much it hurt Kentucky not to have a returning guard last season. This year, Calipari will have one in Quade Green, who averaged 9.3 points and 2.7 assists his freshman year. Quade missed some games due to eye and back injuries and lost his starting spot to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, but will provide crucial leadership and experience in a young and loaded backcourt; in fact, we’re hearing he’s already doing that in summer workouts.

Immanuel Quickley

Quickley is sometimes an afterthought in next year’s backcourt, but shouldn’t be. Despite being hampered by injuries at the end of his senior year, Quickley is a reliable floor general with a relentless work ethic that can get to the basket, create for others and knock down an open shot.

Ashton Hagans

Hagans gives Kentucky what they lost in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, i.e., a guard who can get to the basket. He’s a dynamic playmaker who can burn defenders off the dribble and distribute; he led the Adidas Gauntlet in assists by a wide margin. He’s also a tenacious defender. Simply put, you want the ball in Hagans’ hands, which is why he will eventually be the starting point guard alongside Quade Green.

Jemarl Baker

Baker will return this fall after missing last year with a knee injury and, according to his teammates, is the best shooter on the squad. Everyone’s been raving about Baker so far this summer, so I can’t wait to see what he does on the floor.

Tyler Herro

Herro is much more than the three-point specialist he’s billed as. At 6’5″, 200 lbs., Herro can score from anywhere and is also comfortable bringing the ball up the floor if needed. Once a Wisconsin commit, Herro developed a thick skin and chip on his shoulder after being booed routinely by Badger fans his senior year. A tough competitor, he will only elevate his game going against elite talent in practice.

Brad Calipari

With a plethora of guards on the roster, Brad probably won’t be called into action as often as he was last year, but should exhibit more confidence to fire away when he gets an open shot — even with the crowd demanding it.

Jonny David

David will be tasked with keeping the sideline loose and ready for dunk and lob celebrations. If history is any indication, he will also steal the spotlight in postseason locker room interviews.


Keldon Johnson

Johnson can play small forward, shooting guard, or, if you listen to John Calipari, even point guard if needed. Described as a “dog” by his future teammates, Johnson is a fierce competitor that won’t back down from anyone. He will be a highlight maker on this squad and is a notorious trash talker. Between him, Hagans, Herro, and Quickley, Kentucky’s about to get a much-needed dose of nasty.

PJ Washington

PJ is this team’s anchor, and, based off his appearances since deciding to return to Kentucky, is ready to lead. PJ can bully his way to the basket and finish with the best of them, and with an offseason to work on his jumper, can take his game to another level. PJ’s best work will be on the inside, but with Reid Travis joining the roster, I expect him to heed the NBA’s advice and expand his game outside.

Reid Travis

With over three years of playing experience and a degree from Stanford, Travis will provide invaluable experience to a team that needs it. A double-double machine, Travis is a force in the paint, which will allow PJ Washington to flex his versatility. The frontcourt of PJ Washington and Reid Travis is physical and formidable, something UK’s lacked in recent years.

EJ Montgomery

A 6’10” lefty that can stretch the floor? Sounds like Calipari’s dream big. Montgomery’s got length, athleticism, ball-handling skills, and can score from almost anywhere. He needs to add strength, but will see plenty of time as a stretch four next year.

Zan Payne

Kenny Payne’s son is still recovering from a knee injury, but once healthy, can play either guard or forward. A standout player at Lexington Catholic, he averaged 19.3 points and 8.7 rebounds in his senior season.


Nick Richards

Richards struggled his freshman year, but we saw glimpses of his potential throughout the season. During interviews last week, he said he’s moved past the self-doubt that plagued him his freshman year and his confidence is at an all-time high. That’s great news for Kentucky, who will rotate him in and out when height and length are needed.

Starting Five

The combinations are endless, but the lineup I like best right now is Ashton Hagans, Quade Green, Keldon Johnson, PJ Washington, and Reid Travis. That’s a solid, powerful group with three veterans and two playmakers, from which you can rotate in three-point shooting and size. Immanuel Quickley may eventually take Quade’s spot, but for now, I like Green’s experience in the backcourt. Besides, if Calipari decides to platoon again, it won’t really matter, will it?

For the past few years, Kentucky’s roster has been missing key ingredients in March. With the additions of Reid Travis and Ashton Hagans and a head start in the Bahamas, they finally have everything they need to make a run at Number Nine.