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10 Burning Questions to Ponder Over the Summer

 

For a few months now, almost the entirety of our attention has been centered around one burning question: Where will Andrew Wiggins go? That was the question heard ’round the Bluegrass and heard ’round the college basketball world. After months of speculation, flip flopping of predictions, reading of tea leaves and pretending to care about Florida State…we turn our attention to the summer in Kentucky Athletics. The summer can often be a boring and rather uneventful time, but many questions remain to be answered as we head into the heat of the summer months. Here are 10 burning questions to ponder over the summer:

1) Who will win the quarterback competition?

The spring game provided a bit of a surprise to most when Jalen Whitlow had the strongest performance on the field among the quarterbacks. With that said, Maxwell Smith and Patrick Towles are both still very much in the running and Neal Brown has admitted that the decision has still not been made, and probably won’t be made for a while. As the players arrive on campus for summer workouts and summer camp, the picture might become clearer as to which quarterback will separate himself from the rest.

I’m still sticking with my prediction that Jalen Whitlow gets the starting nod for Game 1.

2) Who will be the two main leaders on next year’s Kentucky basketball team? Will there be more?

Once upon a time we had John Wall and Patrick Patterson. Then we had Brandon Knight and Josh Harrellson. Then we had Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Anthony Davis and Darius Miller. Last year, as Calipari put it best, the team struggled to find an alpha male leader to take the team by the reigns. If Calipari’s press conference comments from the other day are any indication, Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison (though both freshman) appear to be the most likely candidates for the job.

Will any of the returning players step into the role that evaded them last season? Kyle Wiltjer? Alex Poythress? Willie Cauley-Stein?

3) How does Cal talk about this team at the end of the summer?

With the team that won the national championship in 2012, John Calipari couldn’t contain the giddy nature in his voice when talking about them. Although he tends to sometimes downplay his teams, you could just tell that we were all in store for something special. And I think Cal has an inkling as to whether or not a season can be truly special by the time school starts. If 40-0 and a national championship are truly in the cards, you’ll hear it in his quotes…if you can sift through the banter about what book he is reading and what ice cream flavor he’s eating.

4) What will Kentucky’s starting line-up look like?

Although this question might not be any closer to being answered at the end of August than it is now, we might have a better idea of who a few of the “sure fire” starters will be. At this point, Julius Randle and Andrew Harrison are the only two who I would without question place my money on being in the starting line-up.

The beauty of this question is that the answer might not even be all that important. With 8-10 players with the ability to contribute and bring something different to the table, it might just depend on the game and the situation.

5) Will Kentucky’s basketball roster undergo any more changes before the first game?

Last season Kentucky added Julius Mays very late in the game. The only potential area this team might still be looking to fulfill is another outside shooting threat. If a guy like Mays became available late, perhaps with a year of eligiblity left, would Kentucky put itself in the mix?

6) How will the 2014 Kentucky basketball recruiting class shape up?

The list of names has been narrowed to about 15, with about half of that number having already received a scholarship offer from Calipari. With summer recruiting events and some players narrowing lists by the end of summer, we might have a better idea of what the 2014 class might look like.

7) Can Mark Stoops keep up the momentum?

Not only was Drew Barker a HUGE pick-up for the coaching staff, but Barker has also immediately gone to work to put together some strong pieces around him in the 2014 class. Kentucky is already in the thick of the top 15 recruiting classes for 2014, but it’s still early. Can Kentucky stay in that range, or…dare I say, move up?

8) Will the newly arriving Stoops recruits make an impact right away?

JoJo Kemp, Javess Blue, Jason Hatcher, Za’Darius Smith, Ryan Timmons, etc. These are some of the names that might determine if Kentucky is able to sneak into a bowl game next season even with the tremendously difficult SEC schedule that awaits them. All of these players are either incoming freshman, or JUCO transfers. Will they be able to make an immediate BIG impact on the field? Guys like Kemp, Hatcher and Timmons might not see much playing time at a bigger and more established program until later in their careers. At Kentucky, they will have the opportunity early. Will they be ready?

9) Will we still be talking about Andrew Wiggins?

Probably.

10) What the hell is that new Sandra Bullock movie Gravity going to be about? Are we really going to watch her float around space for 2 hours?

If you haven’t seen the preview, please watch below and tell me you aren’t as confused as I am. I don’t even want to know anything more about it. The producers did a great job of putting together the preview, because even though it looks terrible– I WILL see it just to see if we are really just going to watch Sandra Bullock float around space for 2 hours. And if so, will this turn into a romantic comedy along the way? Will she meet another space floater and almost screw it up, before blissfully pulling it together at the very end?

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

11 Comments for 10 Burning Questions to Ponder Over the Summer



  1. BPsycho
    8:05 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    “Are we really going to watch her float around space for 2 hours?”

    You just might, you just might.



  2. raekwon
    8:44 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    More ‘burning’ than the pointless 2nd hand BS and rumors surrounding the Wiggins decision? Oh boy! Can’t wait!



  3. CatBlue in LR
    8:51 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    the team struggled to find an alpha male leader to take the team by the reigns.

    Reins.. by the reins. I thought you lived in horse country?



  4. blue in bama
    9:41 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    1. Whitlow will start. The reason he looked good in the spring game was pretty simple. His high school team ran a similar version on offense and he looked very comfortable running N. Brown’s offense. Plus he gives the Cats what the other two doesn’t – the ability to run really well.

    2. Randle will be the biggest leader. We can already see it in how he plays. Second would be PG Harrison. He has to lead the team on the offensive end and will do so.

    3. Cal will “really like this team.” – and he will really mean it this time.

    4. The staring lineup? Who cares at this point. Just happy to have 8-9 players that will contribute.

    5. Yes. Cal always has a surprise in him when it comes to adding players. Maybe not a consistent contributor but someone that will benefit the team in other ways such as practice.

    6. It will be outstanding. But we can’t expect it to be as good as this one.

    7. Stoops will have a consensus top 20 recruiting class. The goal this season should be to become bowl eligible and then work on building depth, along with increasing the talent level of the recruits.

    8. Smith will become a top lineman in the SEC and Kemp will see the field a lot as well.

    9. Only when we play them in the Sweet 16 and beat Kansas by 20.

    10. Sandra Bullock doing anything for two hours will be well worth watching. Enjoy.



  5. L1C4
    10:22 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    You ask “burning” questions…well I hear coach peetino said it “burns” when he pees.



  6. BBNine
    11:16 pm May 16, 2013 Permalink

    I get it. But the movie also has Clooney. Good point on principle.



  7. Toothless Temp
    9:20 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    The only purpose this post served me was wasting a few minutes at work this morning. Pretty worthless and other than the comment about the movie Gravity all of the comments have been heard on the radio show and site before.

    Ugh…



  8. Pass Rush
    9:30 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Whitlow’s emergence will bring out the best in the other two. this thing will go on till right up to two weeks before the season starts.



  9. kybp32
    10:38 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    if you wanna read about Andrew Wiggins, check out a jayhawk site. sorry, but im only interested in “our” team.



  10. ky1986
    10:48 am May 17, 2013 Permalink

    Ally,

    It’s an Alfonso Cauron film (Gravity). If you are unaware of his work, I’m sure you have heard of Children of Men, and the Prisoner of Azkaban (best HP Film). He is known for taking long shots, that is one long continuous take. There are a couple in Children of Men, that are truly some of the best takes in the history of cinema. Rumor has it, this movie Gravity will employ extremely long one takes throughout….meaning the Clooney and Sandra will be acting like its meant to be without the help of an editing room. I assure you this is one of the more hyped about movies to be coming soon.



  11. Pacman
    12:28 pm May 17, 2013 Permalink

    For those David Bowie fans out there the “Gravity” movie looks like the theme song should be ” Major Tom” as in “Ground Control to Major Tom”.Maybe same story line.