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Anthony Bennett talks to Five-Star Basketball

Anthony Bennett likes the chance to start right away at Kentucky. In an interview with Five-Star Basketball,’s No. 2 power forward in 2012 said he likes the Cats because “they said they’re trying to lose like seven players next year.”

Trying to lose seven players next year? Interesting.

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46 Comments for Anthony Bennett talks to Five-Star Basketball

  1. James K
    7:39 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    That’s a fairly common figure of speech, I’ve noticed. Trying almost loses its meaning, in some cases, like it’s a substitute for saying something is almost certainly going to happen. I am EXTREMELY square.

  2. Jenkinswenttomyhighschool
    7:40 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink


  3. Mark Wilson
    7:42 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Miller Vargas Davis Gilchrist Jones Lamb and Teague ??? I doubt it, We will keep 2 of those 7

  4. Bethel University cross country runner
    7:48 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    calipari wants first round pics not championships. we better win #8 this year…..

  5. MemphisCat
    7:51 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    We will lose 5 players Max., unless someone requests a transfer. 3 will turn Pro and 2 will graduate.

  6. blue warrior
    7:51 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Thats street speak “trying to loose” like “I’m not trying to hear that”

  7. Cliver
    7:56 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    4 – Which two? Miller, Vargas and Davis are obviously gone; MKG almost certainly; Lamb wants to go more than anyone I’ve ever seen (and probably can go after this year) and Jones will most likely jump if he’s in the lottery because there’s no threat of a lockout this time around. That leaves Teague, and if history tells us anything it’s that Calipari PGs can break out like THAT, so who knows what will happen with him.

  8. Catnuts
    7:57 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Trying to lose as in if we win #8, I’m hoping that the 5 underclassmen has an opportunity to make millions of dollars next year. The only way we lose seven players is if everyone gets much better, Jones, Lamb and Teague mostly and that is what Coach Cal is trying to do. Nuff said.

  9. Tomas
    7:57 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Some of you people need to step outside your door and meet a person under the age of 20. And to say that Calipari doesn’t want to win is assinine. He wants to win.

  10. Duh
    7:59 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I wish I could trust Cal more

  11. yes trying, so what????
    8:06 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Of course Cal wants to move 7 players!!!! Think for a sec people. If we have 5…!5!….underclassmen ready to go in the first rnd of the draft that means we had an awesome year!

    Those of you who think there is necessary, inherant, conflict between getting guys drafted in the fst rnd and winning…misunderstand college athletics. Sadly, many of those same confused souls also are prob complaining that Willis is not good enough….when in fact he is the perfect get for providing some longer term stability while we cont. to try an bet loads of kids drafted

  12. Old Henry Man
    8:12 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    I say Teague stays.
    Rumor that Davis Like Boogie wants to stay, but Cal may let him.

  13. The Cheese
    8:13 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Teague isn’t even close to being NBA ready. I question the regression of Jones as well. I don’t mean to be critical, but I am simply not feeling it.

  14. Richard 3 Smacks
    8:34 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    One thing is certain. If we don’t get Shabazz and Bennett, we’re screwed next season, because we’re losing these Cats for sure:


    That leaves us with one experienced big man: Kyle Wiltjer! We’ll also have Jon’s Hood and Ryan Harrow and Marquis Teague one would think. But then again, Bledsoe went pro after one year so you just never know. But if we get Shabazz and Bennett to join Cauley, Poythress, Goodwin, Harrow, Teague and Hood, then I think we’ll be OK. We will be young and will probably lose 10 or more games but we will be tough come March of 2013.

  15. Truth
    8:34 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Teague will likely get drafted late first round.

  16. Blueburg
    8:37 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    This guy seems like a soundbite machine. Not sure if he really knows.

    8:41 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink


  18. jc
    8:49 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #16 – uhh, couldn’t you describe this entire site in the exact same way??? It is a “blog” after all.

    Teague needs to “get it” before tournament time or he may be best suited to stay another year. I’d welcome him back!

    If Jones and Lamb don’t start playing up to potential they may find themselves in similar situations – needing another year to improve their draft stock. They may go anyway but, neither looks like a lottery at this point (Jones probably is though just on “upside”).

    Miller and Vargas are gone, obviously; MKG and Davis as well. My personal opinion is, if we win it all, they are all gone. If we don’t, at least one sticks around – my guess for this person would be Teague (based on current performance) with Lamb as a darkhorse.

  19. catfan65
    8:55 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink


    It would be a surprise if any came back, so UK doesn’t have to “try” to lose 7, it’s very likely. Teague is a 1st round draft pick right now, though he has slipped a few spots and has probably slipped out of the lottery. If Teague comes back, it will not be because he has too and those who think Teague is a lock to come back are deluding themselves. #17 which of Cal’s UK recruits that went pro early should’ve stayed? The question answers itself…none.

  20. UKFAN
    8:55 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Have you all even looked at next years draft predictions? Davis is suppose to go 1st or 2nd. Gilchrist at 7th. Jones 12. lamb 17th. and teague 21st. All first round. Miller and Vargas. Thats 7. Go to

  21. UKFAN
    8:58 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Cal had better get as much talent and offer everyone thats uncommitted, or next will be a bust.

  22. Han
    9:00 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    17) Seriously? While Matta had success at OSU, how could you take Crean? Without Wade and Zeller, he’d have had no success as a coach.

  23. catfan65
    9:01 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    If UK gets Bennett and Muhammad, they will not lose 10 games, they will be among the title favorites again, no matter who comes back. Syracuse is probably the only top-ranked team that will likely be better next year and they are going to lose Joseph and Jardine, arguably their most important players.

  24. JMFATZ47
    9:03 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    17) Seriously?

    And who do you believe? A 17yr old kid who makes a quote or Cal?

    2010 was an anomaly……rarely will anyone turnover 4 freshman to a draft. Just last yr we ONLY lost Knight and Liggins early and Liggins was due to circumstances. Cal is HONEST with his players…..of course he was upfront with Cousins by telling him he needs to go ahead and take his top 5 draft status to the bank. Wall was the number one pick (no brainer) and Bledsoe and Orton were surprises.

    You either sign the best or play against the best.

  25. Truth
    9:07 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone that has been paying attention can see that Cal has no interest in coaching Lamb, Teague or Jones next year.

  26. JMFATZ47
    9:07 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    And please, I wouldn’t trade Cal for Matta or Crean. Or Izzo or anyone else in the nation…….

    Let’s just bitch about our #1 ranking for awhile…..

    Oh and 10 losses with that class? No way……6 losses MAX

  27. catfan65
    9:08 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    #21 UK is among finalists for Muhammad, Bennett, Pollard and Tony Parker. I think we sit in the lead w Bennett abnd Muhammad based on their what they have said. Not that either is a lock. But the fact that we basically let Amile Jefferson go indicates that Cal thinks he has a good shot of getting both. According to Rivals, Duke may not get a single 5 star recruit (scout and espn have Sulaimon ranked higher) next year and we are complaining that we may only have 6 on our roster next year (Harrow, Goodwin, Poythress, Muhammad, Bennett, and Wiltjer) plus a nice 4 star C in Cauley and the possibility of getting the 4 star C Parker. Oh what havoc has Cal wrought!

  28. gog8ors
    9:14 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Bennett is going to be a Gator. Sorry Cat fans, you can’t get all the recruits and this kid isn’t surrounded by greedy AAU coaches or family with their hands out. Donovan wins this one.

  29. UKFAN
    9:17 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    27# Muhammed might stay on the west coast. Bennett is a lock I think. How many players will there be on the team next year as of right now is all seven are gone?

  30. UKFAN
    9:17 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink


  31. Robukpt
    9:22 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Why do you let trolls post nonsense?

  32. kdh2011
    9:33 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Eric Bledsoe was the 18th pick. Is Teague really so inferior to Bledsoe as a prospect that people think he’d fall out of the first round? In addition, this is a really week draft for PGs. You are probably looking at Lillard, Wroten, Kabongo, and Marshall as potential first round PGs. All of them are have very different strengths and weaknesses. There were 7 PGs picked in the first round last year.

    If Teague comes back it will because he thinks he can dramatically improve his stock. I don’t think that’s likely, given the presence of Harrow.

  33. catfan65
    9:35 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Muhammad has all but said that he’s not going to UCLA, he dropped USC which leaves UNLV. When he tweets and talks about a team chances are it is UK, he never really mentions UNLV except in passing. He still has a visit to Duke for UNC game, so I think he will go to UK or Duke. But why would he want to play at Duke where Coach K specializes in dropping the NBA stock of almost everyone he recruits. If we get Shabazz and Bennett (or Pollard if not Bennett) UK would have Harrow, Goodwin, Shabazz, Wiltjer, Bennett, Poythress, Cauley, Hood, Beckham and scrubs. Might also get Parker, but not sure he would come if he has that many 5 stars ahead of him. Guard depth is the problem, but the team will be crazy tall and athletic. We’ll see how it works out and 2013 is shaping up to be awesome recruiting class also so we want some room to add top players.

  34. ktmiln2
    9:36 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    28. The only thing Billy Donovan will get is what’s left after we get our class. Point blank. Period.

  35. ktmiln2
    9:38 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    28. You will take the scrubs and leftovers and like it.

  36. catfan65
    9:40 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Bledsoe was a much lower rated recruit than Teague (Rivals had Bledsoe #23, Teague #5), so it was a surprise that Bledsoe went in the first round. There is almost no chance that Teague falls out of 1st round of NBA draft.

  37. catfan65
    9:41 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    Yeah maybe thge Gators will get Devonta Pollard when Bennett commits to UK

  38. Han
    10:38 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    36) A lot of people seem to forget how much the NBA drafts on potential (someone freaking drafted Shagari Alleyne!). Even if Teague was having a mediocre year (which he isn’t, despite what high expectations-holding fans will say), he’d still have a good shot of going mid to late first round on potential alone, especially with a brother playing in the league.

  39. Calipari'sInYourEar
    10:48 pm January 23, 2012 Permalink

    An 18 year old hears one thing and then “grapevines” the story. No story here.

    Most likely what he was told, “We are looking to lose 7 players.”

    This could easily be translated from “looking” to “trying” by Bennett. Yet, whomever told him that (Antigua?) was using the definition of “looking” as “it’s likely this will happen” instead of “this is what we want.”

  40. Yroc53
    12:05 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Man I wish we would drop Cal and get Tubby back… Those were the days, I mean that recruiting class of just Jared Carter was brilliance!!!!

  41. catfan65
    12:36 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Its not just that Cal gets top recruits, it’s how well those recruits play. Look at the top-10 recruits last year according to Rivals:
    #1 Austin Rivers – not ranked. No longer a sure first round draft pick. Rivers Off. Eff. is @1000 in D-1
    #2 Anthony Davis – probable #1 draft pick
    #3 Michael Kidd-Gilchrist – Lottery pick #7 NBA draft pick per
    #4 Brad Beal G – Lottery pick #8 NBA draft pick per
    #5 Marquis Teague G – #21 pick per
    #6 LeBryan Nash – not ranked
    #7 Quincy Miller – not ranked on, stock falling, but I think Miller would be drafted
    #8 James McAdoo – not ranked
    #9 Khem Birch – not ranked, transfered from PITT
    #10 DeAndre Daniels – not ranked, comes off bench for UCONN

    So of the top 10 from last year, only Davis, Gilchrest, and Beal still look like sure lottery picks and Teague is a sure 1st rounder. Rivers may leave, but his stock has fallen. Plus he is a total douchebag. UK had 3 top 10 recruits 2 will be lottery picks 1 will be 1st rd at least. Of the other 7 only two maybe 1st round picks and 4 definitely will not be drafted. That is what Cal calls the Kentucky Effect and that is why UK will get their pick of players each year.

  42. Bethel University cross country runner
    2:02 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    i hope teague is gone…. he plays like his brother. selfish and out of control… probably stays another year if he cant pull a brandon knight. of course jones is gone. we all dont see him staying for 3 years. obviously miller and vargus are gone. lets say lamb stays since he is a offensive player like john jenkins (3rd year player).Davis and gilchrist is gone of course. wiltjer of course is staying. thats 5 players. i think calipri wants teague and lamb to go pro cause he wants the stupid record to be broken or tied for first round picks from one team. He needs to worry less about the NBA and concentrate on winning a national championship cause thats all we, the big blue nation care about.

  43. Hoss
    7:21 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    See, it’s unreal how your life can be effected by something as simple as talking like you have some effing sense in your head. I can’t stand listening to young people talk. It’s a gang-raping of the spoken English word in the name of their complete lack of respect and utter laziness.

  44. catsfan65
    8:47 am January 24, 2012 Permalink

    Cal doesn’t want Lamb to go, he could really use him next year. But Lamb will be a lottery pick and he will go pro. Jenkins was not a highly rated player out of HS and is projected as a 2nd rd pick. There is no comparison between Lamb and Jenkins as far as NBA.

  45. Ciggy
    1:59 pm January 24, 2012 Permalink

    It amuses me when folks think they know something they have no way of knowing.

    No one is a lock to go, other than the seniors. I couldn’t see davis or mkg coming back, but you know, weird shit can sometime happen. I’d love to see davis come back just being selfish, just think of the records he could shatter.

  46. Jordan
    3:46 pm January 26, 2012 Permalink

    well we already lost poole, and vargas and miller graduate. so thats three. Davis, Gilchrist, and Jones will be lottery picks. and lamb seems to want to go but is waiting until he is a mid first round guy. Then Teague is getting better, just like brandon knight did. You never know but i think at least two of them stay but wouldn’t be shocked if they all go.