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Jerry Meyer says Marques Bolden “likely” to end up at Kentucky


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Last week, several recruiting gurus switched their picks for Marques Bolden to Kentucky in 247’s Crystal Ball, a bit of a surprise given how packed UK’s 2016 class is already. Jerry Meyer was one of those gurus and yesterday, told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that after talking to some sources, he trusts that the 6’10” Bolden will “likely” end up at Kentucky.

That’s pretty encouraging, but I found Meyer’s comments about how Calipari balances so much elite talent much more interesting. While many recruits would be deterred by so many five-stars and so little playing time, Meyer argues that the best players see it as a plus:

“Somebody’s going to have to sit on the bench,” Meyer said. “Calipari has sort of got it to a point where he’s challenging guys – almost challenging their manhood if they want to fight for minutes. The opportunity for early playing time is there, obviously, because of the high rate of turnover. But you’re going there moreso to develop. It’s not about showcasing your talent. If a player wants to showcase their talent, they make a decision like Malik Newman made and go to Mississippi State.

“You don’t really go to Kentucky to showcase your talent. Your numbers are going to be lower. Your playing time might be lower. You go there for the regimen and the competition in practice and the daily grind. And to endure the pressure.”

Really interesting stuff from Meyer at the Herald-Leader, so give them a click and check it out. And then enjoy these new Marques Bolden highlights:

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27 responses to “Jerry Meyer says Marques Bolden “likely” to end up at Kentucky”

  1. aj007

    Just don’t get how we would be able to take such a huge class. Guess we’ll be sending people off Archie Goodwin style and hoping they find success when they clearly need to stay.

    1. Booby Petrino

      Archie wouldn’t take Cal’s recommendations to stay, so we can’t really send anyone off Archie style, they have to choose to go off on their own despite the coach’s recommendation.

    2. ukjaybrat

      yeah i’m with booby. cal recommended Archie stay. no one sent him off anywhere.

    3. aj007

      I don’t mean we will shove him out the door. Just that we will be seeing players leave that have no business leaving. Archie made his choice, players on this team will be looking to the future and making choices too.

  2. CatsFanInNC

    I don’t see it. With the five freshman coming in and six that will be back for sure (Hawkins, Willis, Matthews, Mulder, Humphries, and Wynyard), that’s 11 of the 12 scholarship positions. Murray gone and let’s say Skal as well, there’s only one spot for Lee, Ulis, or Briscoe.

    There’s already going to be problem without adding one more to the mix.

    1. ukjaybrat

      13 scholarships for ncaa basketball

    2. wjfren01

      Hawkins and/or Willis could take in-state tuition and walk-on.

    3. kvltclassic

      Yeah, like the guy below me, they will make room. Kids who are good academically can be switched over to academic scholarship or find them money elsewhere

    4. Jordan

      I’m pretty sure Floreal is on scholarship so you can take that away as well

    5. the ghost of Bill Hicks

      I think you’re correct on EJ.

    6. Twick39

      Not yo mention that EJ’s dad is a track coach or something so I’m sure he would be eligible for a discount in tuition.

    7. UKALLDAY1

      Coach Cal is counting in Ulis and Briscoe to leave. By the looks of things they both might stay all 4 years. It looks like next year will be the platoon system all over again. We can’t argue with the success of it. The biggest for Bolden is that UK is stacked up front so where are the minutes? Bam, Sacha, Humpries, Wynyard, LEE and sometimes Gabriel. Is he better than those guys?

  3. Long Dong Silver

    If I’m Bolden, I see our terrible frontcourt and see plenty of playing time. As for scholarships, Cal will find room for Bolden.

  4. WatchutalkinboutWillis

    Fox, Monk, Gabriel, Bam, Bolden, Sacha, Tai, Humphries, Willis, Hawkins, Matthews, Mulder,and…Floreal/Lee/Ulis/Skal?!

    1. @BallBlog_Chad

      replace Floreal with Briscoe there … Murray is left off, but we all assume he’s gone for sure

  5. Kevin C

    Since UK will likely only lose 2 players after this season, Murray as a mid-late Lottery pick, and A.P. to graduation, will there even be enough scholarships next season?

  6. Laker Cat 18

    Seeing what is coming in the class behind them, I don’t see Lee, Ulis, Skal none staying another year. Ulis would be the only one who would see the floor on a consistent basis.

  7. Stopover

    This is awesome! The last time we got interest like this from a big time recruit was Skal Labas……Oh, wait.

    1. nstewart

      Yea that ship has sailed already. It’s hard to not get on board the boat tho. Ive got one foot in & one on dry land currently.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      You forgot

      John Wall
      DeMarcus Cousins
      Eric Bledsoe
      Daniel Orton
      Enes Kanter
      Brandon Knight
      Anthony Davis
      Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
      Terrence Jones
      Marquis Teague
      Doron Lamb
      Nerlens Noel
      Archie Goodwin
      Julius Randle
      James Young
      Karl-Anthony Towns
      Willie Cauley-Stein
      Trey Lyles
      Devin Booker
      Andrew Harrison
      Dakari Johnson
      Aaron Harrison
      De’Aron Fox
      Malik Monk
      Bam Adebayo
      Wenyen Gabriel
      Sascha Killeya-Jones………………….

    3. Stopover

      Wow! With that list it’s no wonder we won those 4 National Championships…..no, wait….

    4. theSkinny81

      Four titles in 6 years. Man, you have some ridiculous expectations.

      I’ll take one every 6 years. Its better than one every 26…. Just saying.

  8. somerset bill

    platoons!

  9. jaws2

    I’m sure Cal is reeeaaalllyy worried about how to make this work next year! He probably should just forget trying to sign this kid!

  10. jkmann1

    It is interesting that Cal has talked about never doing platoons again, but it seems fairly obvious at this point that we are at the very least gonna have some legitimate guys not playing.

    1. @BallBlog_Chad

      exactly like Meyer’s quote above about knowing you’re going to get the competition every day as opposed to game day … I would rather us platoon and run and press 10 guys even if we were to get the #24 recruit as opposed to the #8 every once in a while

      get stacked, run, have more sophomores leaving than freshmen

  11. USCalumUKfan

    Senior:
    Marcus Lee (maybe)
    Dominique Hawkins
    Derek Willis
    Mychal Mulder

    Junior:
    Tyler Ulis (maybe)

    Sophomore:
    Skal Labissiere (he needs to come back)
    Isaiah Briscoe (him too)
    Charles Matthews
    Isaac Humphries
    Tai Wynyard

    Fresh:
    De’Aron Fox
    Malik Monk
    Bam Adebayo
    Wenyen Gabriel
    Sascha Killeya-Jones
    Marques Bolden

    That’s a possible 16 players and a minimum of 12. Either way we will be filthy next year.