We are inside one moth from the start of football season, and the buzz surrounding the program is higher than it has been in a long while. There is no doubt the gridiron Cats will have plenty of support behind them as the team begins its rebuilding process. But the Cats on the court will be seeking a second title in three years in a little more than four months; sooner than you think. I believe it is worth reminding you loyal readers just how good Kentucky basketball is going to be… With a lot of new faces and a re-focused pair of returning players, Kentucky basketball boasts one of the most fearsome 1-2 punches in college ball.
USA Today lists its top five tandems in the country, and UK’s Andrew Harrison and Julius Randle rank as the only freshmen duo – and two of only three freshman on the entire list. The other being Duke’s Jabari Parker. Here is what Scott Gleeson has to say about the two Wildcats:
John Calipari’s recruiting class – getting hyped as the best since the early 1990s – is best known for its depth (eight McDonald’s All-Americans), the two freshmen that stand out as potential All-Americans are Harrison and Randle. Outside of Andrew Wiggins, Randle has the best ability to dominate thanks to a 6-9, 240-pound frame. Randle has been criticized for having a lazy gene, but Calipari will put an end to that real quick, as will a stacked big man lineup to compete against behind returnee Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman big man Dakari Johnson. Harrison was rated as the top point guard in his class for good reason, as his control and decision making should bode well in the college game. But he also could have the most challenging job in the country: Making everyone on the Wildcats’ roster happy. It might not be by early season or mid-season, but these two players figure to be a scary mix for opponents come March.
Also making the list is Adreian Payne and Gary Harris (Michigan State), Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III (Michigan), Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood (Duke), and Marcus Smart and Le’Bryan Nash (Oklahoma State).