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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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48 responses to “The sky is not falling for Kentucky following N’Faly Dante’s commitment to Oregon”

  1. Wade

    Missed on Oscar and Stewart imo, don’t care about the other. I like my team!

    1. dave1964

      Have missed on every 5 we have recruited for awhile.

    2. UKBigBlueForever

      Dave1964 you are so damn negative and apparently forgetful too…Boogie , Towns, AD, Bam, Noel….

    3. catsby.5

      Untrue Dave, both Richards and EJ were top 20 recruits, add that to Noel and our small ball 5s like PJ and Travis. Just because they don’t always pan out as one and dones like they’re projected doesn’t mean we consistently miss.

  2. IrishCat

    This is going to allow Brooks and Whitney more time on the floor together. I hope it also gives Nick a boost of confidence, and allows him to play through some mistakes. EJ is going to have to play more 5 than we probably thought, and we’re obviously going to need some production from Sestina. Lots of options, and I like my team.

    1. WKY Cat

      Irishcat my thoughts exactly

  3. kentuckybackupplayer

    sestina will be an awesome stretch 4 type player for cal, you can mark it down.

    1. JT55

      He’ll be a liability on defense.

  4. UKFanSC

    I never saw this guy in blue, so I’m not disappointed. As for our team, I love our pieces. We can go “small” with a lot of athleticism, and be a pressing elite defensive team. Unlike many, I think Nick and EJ will show considerable improvement from a very timid 2018. I don’t know enough about Sestina to comment, but expect a 5-8 min/game from him……maybe more.

  5. Tom Bombadil

    I like my team! I really think this will pay off in the long run because these guys have been gelling together the entire Summer. There is now plenty of minutes to go around. Brooks will get some time at the four… I think this will be an explosive running team!. Go CATS!

  6. ibescootch

    Yeah, I’m just not really that worried. I think in the past when we’ve had 4-5 guys that can switch into those frontcourt positions, it’s almost been detrimental because there’s a constant pressure to perform and get in the flow of the game immediately, or they’re yanked out. Obviously, that can be a good thing because it pushes competition, but I just wonder how good guys like EJ and Nick would be if they were just left in to play through their mistakes? It seems like Nick especially is always in his head, so maybe allowing him the freedom to just play will push that button in his mind. Who knows.

  7. dave1964

    Can anyone name the last really good center we had last one I can think of is D.C.

    1. catsby.5

      Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel (before the injury), Enes Kanter if he’d been allowed to play, and both EJ and Nick were top 20 recruits.

    2. UKinMKY

      AD, KAT, Bam.

    3. runningunnin.454

      I don’t see how anyone could forget A. D.

    4. 4everUKblue

      I guess Dave never heard of AD.

    5. catsarerunnin

      Dave is a Dick.

  8. KYfaninTN

    Agreed basketball is now a guard driven game.

  9. VirginiaCat

    As Jack pointed out, we missed out on all nine big prospects this season, and haven’t landed a top-5 recruit in several years. Admittedly, luck does play a part and we have had our share of bad luck, but I think it goes deeper than that. I am hopeful that Cal will do a zero based review of his recruiting apparatus and see if any changes need to be made with respect to his recruiting approach or changes to the coaching staff, Just because something once worked doesn’t mean it will always work. Times change and you have to adjust accordingly. This is a first world concern, of course, and pales in comparison to other more important national issues. We will still win a lot of games to keep the BBN happy and Cal will get more players into the NBA. Hopefully #9 will grace the rafters of Rupp in the not too distant future.

    1. 4everUKblue

      You’re as bad as mashbum and that’s pretty bad.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Big time change IS coming; and, Cal is always two steps ahead of the change. He will adapt…and Coach K will follow.

    3. catsarerunnin

      VCat sukks.

  10. a21CATSfan

    A 4-out, 1-in, Dribble-Drive Motion Offense sounds good to me. Hagans, Maxey, Whitney, Brooks, Montgomery, and Quickley, Maxey/Whitney, Juzang, Allen, Richards, with Sestina filling in at the 4/5 in certain situations would be fantastic. But, Cal is a defense/rebounding (effort) coach, so this may not last long. CATS

  11. DelrayCat

    Playing small just means the guards and small forwards must rebound the ball. Defensively we will have a rim protector, but rebounding will be the key.

  12. Ridge Runner

    I don’t see this as a surprise as there just won’t be the amount of playing time here.

    1. 4everUKblue

      Agreed

  13. mashman 93

    I believe we will all love this team and 4 out 1 in dribble drive is going to be fun to watch if it happens and I think it will. GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  14. Catcasey1

    Folks we are loaded so calm down

  15. msu52

    I wonder just how much negative recruiting was done by Green ?

    1. runningunnin.454

      Quade? He’s at Washington.

    2. msu52

      You’re right, my bad.
      I just don’t understand why these guys going to schools like Oregon, Wash and LSU. If you’re an elite player, why do you not go to an elite school

  16. runningunnin.454

    No concern here, whatsoever; I like our team. You don’t have to have a 7 footer in the paint. When Kareem went down with an injury, 6’8″ Magic Johnson played center, and led the Lakers to the NBA Championship, dropping 42 in one game. He told the coach before the game, “Never fear, E.J is here”.
    Oh, E.J. is here, too…and Nick is a 7 footer. Relax.

    1. DoubleB65

      The big difference: Magic Johnson isnt walking through that door. EJ is no Magic Johnson. Fact.

    2. runningunnin.454

      Granted; that was tongue-in-cheek. My point was that you can win with small ball.

  17. Larkin123

    Cal uses two big most lineups. Anything that changes his tunnel vision like small ball will help that…

    1. allday

      Who really cares at this point. Everyday you guys boost these guys up talking bout they coming, they deciding,. Give us something relevant instead of a bunch of vauge articles.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Speaking of tunnel vision….Larkin. You, mashbum and VACat are all in the same tunnel.

    3. runningunnin.454

      It’s a dark tunnel, too. Wait, I see a light…$hit, it’s a train, run for your lives.

    4. 4everUKblue

      Ha ha ha!

  18. natedaddy

    Anybody that thinks that this years team is gonna be any better than last years or the year befores team, is delusional. We have not had a consensus top 5 high schooler or multiple consensus top 10 high schoolers since the Fox, Bam, Monk team. Which coincides with the last UK team that I really liked, the last UK team that really had a chance to win it all and the last guy we put in the NBA that has the potential to be an all star (Fox). Our recruiting just isn’t as good as it was 5 years ago. This years team will be terribly inconsistent albeit win a lot of games. They will get better as the season goes on and look somewhat good down the stretch around tourney time and get everybody’s hopes up. Then lose to an inferior team in the sweet 16/elite 8 in the ncaa tournament due to the inexperience and aforementioned inconsistency. Mark it down. Call me a hater.

    I have season tickets and will be at nearly every home game, but this will be the last season. I love my Cats but I certainly don’t expect them to live up to a bunch of homer fans expectations. But speaking your mind is apparently something you can’t do here on KSR without being told to go root for puke. I love the cats but simply can’t get behind the hype anymore until recruiting improves from what is now and has been the last couple years and we get the guys that are not ready for the pros to come back.

    1. VirginiaCat

      Batten down the hatches, Natedaddy. Incoming headed your way.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Not gonna call you a hater but see ya later…and thanks for freeing up some season tickets.

    3. JASUN74

      See ya!! I’m sure Cal will miss you terribly!! That’s exactly what quitters do. Can’t wait until Cal goes on strike until you come back! Lmao. Dude get over yourself

    4. UKBigBlueForever

      Do u remember our team before Calipari?? Gtf over yourself. You are a disgrace

    5. HerroFor3

      Fake Fan. You are a ?

  19. JT55

    This team isn’t going to be a top 5 team IMO. Sure, they’re capable of making a run in the tourney. But they will have obvious deficiencies.

  20. bbn606

    Yes the sky did fall. Just can’t seem to land the critical recruits to get over the hump anymore.

  21. KYFAN4LYFE

    And yet, here’s KSR, day after the “announcement”, and they’re still writing about him. How about just writing about the guys that DO want to be here…the one’s that ARE coming here? Get out there, talk to them…their families, friends…do some actual, you know, REPORTING for a change. Give us something other than the same tire crap you do with every single potential recruit, just with the name changed. FFS, this site is such a joke.