This is one of the cooler things I have seen this season. The guys (Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander and Jeff Borzello) over at CBS Sports got together and each chose their own “college dream team” and you know that there were some Wildcats involved. Before we look at their picks, here were the guidelines for team selection:
– Team can’t have more than one player from a single school (ie. Must choose either Anthony Davis or Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky, not both).
– At least four players on the team must come from a non-BCS affiliated league.
– Bench players must actually come off the bench for their real team.
– One player will be chosen to redshirt because, frankly, no one uses all 13 of their scholarships.
– Player positions are the discretion of the writer (ie. Whether Jared Sullinger is a center or forward).
Of course they had to clarify in the beginning that no one could simply write down UK’s starting five as their dream team. Makes it more fun for everyone else, I guess. In the end, all four writers chose a Kentucky representative for their team. Parrish and Borzello had Michael Kidd-Gilchrist as their starting small forward, Goodman had him coming off the bench and Norlander had Anthony Davis as his starting center. The logic the MKG guys used was the usual rhetoric, “he has a great motor, he’s great on the defensive end and he’s an animal”. The best line came from Matt Norlander on why he chose Anthony Davis:
C — Anthony Davis, Kentucky: He is an alien life form, and everyone else is human, so this was pretty much a no-brainer.
Notably absent from every list is a player who has proved himself to be quite human over the past week. If this list had been compiled before the Indiana game, I don’t think Terrence Jones would have been left off. The rule against choosing more than one player from the same team certainly scared them off, but when Jones is playing his best, it’d be hard to find someone to pick over him.