The folks over at the Basketball Prospectus are killing a little time this summer by counting down the top 100 players in college basketball. Yesterday they released numbers 36-50, with Kentucky’s Doron Lamb landing in the middle of the latest list at #43. After doing some rambling about nonsense, here’s the actual analysis of Lamb from BP:
It’s tough to pick out which kid is consistently making threes because you’re judging them off five or six shots a game. Lamb was sometimes considered streaky or worse from beyond the arc in high school, but he was only two makes from hitting 50 percent of his 140 three-point attempts in 2011. A role expansion would normally be in order, but Marquis Teague, Terrence Jones, and Anthony Davis will probably leave Lamb the Wildcats’ fourth offensive option. He’ll just be the best one of those in the country.
This is fair with regards to his three-point shooting, but to cast him as solely an outside shooter because he did that so successfully last season ignores what Lamb really is, which is a scorer. He can put up points in a variety of ways, so even though on paper he might be the Cats’ fourth option, it would surprise me quite a bit if Lamb doesn’t end up higher than the fourth-leading scorer on the team. Of course, the fact that it’s even possible to discuss someone as good as Lamb being the fourth option on a team is just another demonstration of how ridiculously talented Kentucky’s roster is, but you already knew that.
Marquis Teague had already been ranked #62 in an earlier section of the list, with Basketball Prospectus saying this about the frosh point guard:
With Brandon Knight off to the NBA, Teague should take the ball from day one at UK. He’s an incredible slasher with great speed and athleticism. Teague’s not a real shooting threat and his decision-making has been questioned, but he seems like such a can’t-miss scorer that I still feel comfortable putting him this high.
Teague ranks ahead of some pretty good point guards on the list, most notably North Carolina’s Kendall Marshall (#70), who is probably just happy DeAndre Liggins went to the NBA and can’t torture him anymore. The remaining 35 spots should be full of Wildcats as Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist have yet to make an appearance but surely will, meaning that this is yet another way to illustrate that Kentucky will be nasty this season. I know you were looking for one.