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Ford: Poythress is the most frustrating player in the draft

It’s Wednesday, which must mean that it’s time for ESPN NBA guru Chad Ford to share his insight on this year’s NBA draft. Here’s what he had to say about Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley Stein during his weekly chat:

Colby (Lexington): What’s the deal with Alex Poythress? Some boards have him in the lottery, some don’t even have him in the first round. Any chance he comes back to Lexington for another year?

Ford: Wish I had a good answer. Some nights, like the game against Missouri, he looks like a Top 5 pick. Other nights, like his recent game against Tennessee, he looks YEARS away from being a NBA player. The draft is so weak this year that some team is likely to gamble on him in the late lottery and hope that he eventually lives up to his potential. But right now? He’s the most frustrating player in this draft. So much talent, but so inconsistent.

Chris (Boston): Your thoughts on Cauley-Stein? He seems to have trouble with some of the simple parts of being a post player such as dribbling the basketball successfully and not traveling. Is he really going to be a top ten pick this year?

Ford: Upside. He checks a lot of boxes. Long, athletic, good shot blocker, an emerging offensive game. He’s a long ways away from being a productive NBA player, but if he comes out now, my guess talking to scouts is that he goes somewhere in the late lottery to mid first round. I hope he stays. He still needs to learn the game. But I’d understand if he wanted to take the money and run.

Charles (NY): Should Nerlens Noel declare for the draft, where might he get picked? Does the ACL injury knock him down far enough to remove him from a first round pick?

Ford: He’s a lock for the Top 5 as long as there aren’t any complications with his surgery or rehab. Players completely recover from ACL tears these days. In fact, he might be ready to go by NBA training camp in October. I’m not sure if he will declare or return to school. Either option will be a good choice. I know GMs were a bit hesitant right after the injury to say he could be the No. 1 pick, but I’ve seen them back off that assertion lately. If the right team gets the No. 1 pick, he could still be the guy.

Jeff (MN): With so much talent coming in next year, is it a given that Archie Goodwin leaves Lexington despite the fact he obviously needs more time?

Ford: Goodwin, Poythress and Cauley-Stein all really need another year under Cal. The problem, and no one talks about this as much as they should, is that Cal has a big time incoming class who are all expecting to start. It puts pressure on everyone if they stay. In addition, especially in Goodwin’s case, I’m not sure he’s as good as the player (Aaron Harrison) that is coming in who play his position. Ditto for Poythress is Andrew Wiggins commits to UK. That’s a dilemma for everyone involved and why these kids typically end up leaving.

Ford also updated his Big Board. Here’s where he puts the Cats:

2. Nerlens Noel
12. Alex Poythress
13. Willie Cauley-Stein
19. Archie Goodwin

Thoughts?

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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61 Comments for Ford: Poythress is the most frustrating player in the draft



  1. SeoulCat
    3:06 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    We don’t have a 5 coming in who will supplant Willie, so he won’t have to worry about sharing minutes with someone else next season. Another year under Cal could turn him into a high lottery pick in 2014. Wiggins is a big “if,” so it would seem that there are ample minutes (and room for improvement in terms of ability and draft positioning) for Alex if he decides to come back. Archie needs to go pro this year, regardless.



  2. Duuuuuude
    3:07 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    If they are projected to go that high they should go in 2013 or plan to stick around through their junior year. They will not be picked any higher in the 2014 draft next year but could really boost their stock in the 2015 draft.



  3. David19
    3:08 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    It’s a tough choice when you KNOW you’re NOT ready but, they wave sooo much money under your nose.



  4. Rex Chapman
    3:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    If you’re scared of an incoming freshman taking your job, it’s a sure sign that you’re not ready for the NBA.



  5. markky
    3:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    If we get Randle, I think Archie stays. If we get Wiggins, Archie is gone.



  6. kadizkat
    3:18 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    As weak as this draft is and as weak as our players are, I can only wish I was 6’5″ with a decent jump shot.



  7. Huh?
    3:18 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    5) Markky is obviously blissfully unaware of how much better Randle is when compared to Archie. (also….Archie doesn’t really play the same position as either of those two)



  8. Han
    3:19 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Unless they want to stay 3 years, they should probably all 3 enter the draft this year. If any of them come back, we’ll welcome them and hope they benefit from practicing against and competing for playing time with the future stars we’ve got coming in.

    If Randle and Wiggins both come, whether Noel or any of the three come back, we’ll be one of the deepest teams in college basketball. Harrison x2, Young, Lee, Johnson, Willis, Harrow (barring an awesome March), Wiltjer (barring an awesome March), Hood, Polson (preferred walk-on), Wiggins, Randle.

    If that happens, there’s room for 1 of our 4 frosh to come back. Cal never maxes his schollies, but he’s already taking 6 frosh and recruiting at least 1 of Wiggins, Randle, Wiggins. Of course, if several are likely to come back, we surely don’t get both Randle and Wiggins. Just too many players competing for playing time, anyway.



  9. kadizkat
    3:20 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #1, Do you reside in Seoul, S. Korea? My children are from Korea and we visited Seoul about 12 years ago. Quite a sight for an ole KY boy. I did see someone with a UK ballcap on!!! True story.



  10. josh
    3:21 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    why is that 5? I think archie needs to go regardless, unless he is going to stay three years in college. He will not be noticed on next years team if he comes back. His only hope is to get better and impress scouts with potential and hope he gets drafted early.



  11. Han
    3:22 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    1) Willie will likely be more of a banger than Lee or Johnson, but both of them could come in with better offensive games. And if Noel decides to come back, when he gets healthy, he’d compete to start, if not win outright.

    7) Archie is a 2/3, Poythress a 3/4. Wiggins is a 2/3 who would play no matter who is ahead of him. Randle is potentially a higher motor Poythress, perhaps a little more shooting inclined.



  12. Han
    3:24 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    10) If he plays like he did against Mizzou, but cuts down on some of the boneheaded plays, too, he deserves to go lottery this year. His ability to get to the rim is great. He just makes bad decisions and isn’t finishing the way he needs to. A run in March between the 2 tourneys could really solidify him as a pick in the middle of the first, at least. NBA drafts athleticism.



  13. josh
    3:26 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    archie is a 6’5 shooting guard, randle is a 6’9 PF, and wiggins is a 6’7 small forward, I dont see the similarities.



  14. WildcatFloyd88
    3:28 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    2012 Scout.com best HS Senior – Alex (7) , Archie (14) & Willie (48)
    2012 Overall 19-8 (SEC 10-4)
    2013 NBA Draft – Alex (12), Willie (13), Archie (19)
    KENTUCKY EFFECT!



  15. the Big Dog
    3:30 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    WCS can dribble the ball and he doesn’t walk as often as Poythress. Not sure where Chris is getting his info on that comment. Let’s hope he comes back next year. He could be a force in the middle with Lee or Randle at the 4 and Johnson backing him up.



  16. Lucknkentuck
    3:39 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    11) wcs will not be a banger like johnson.. Johnsons play resembles demarcus cousins. And wiggins will most certainly be a 3/4 man at kentucky due to the fact that either one of the harrisons and another guard (young or harrow) will be on the floor at all times. Wiggins (or randle) will play the 3 spot in a tall lineup with 2 bigs down low, and play the 4 spot in a smaller line up when we have the twins and young in the game. Regardless. Its gonna be fun to watch!



  17. NL
    3:41 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Other than Noel, no one should go pro. They aren’t ready. And I wouldn’t be so dismissive of their ability to compete against the freshmen coming in. I know everyone is hyped about next year, but these guys were great HS players too and now have a year of college experience. They may have their minutes reduced slightly and they may play multiple positions throughout the course of the game, but they aren’t going to suddenly be demoted to water boy.



  18. ThankfulCat
    3:41 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    I want them all to come back so we can go 40-0 and get #9!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  19. Think about this...
    3:41 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    We often get so caught up with “which year will he be a higher pick” that we forget about the big picture. Quite honestly, if someone is going to be more prepared for the NBA with an additional year in college, than they’re better off staying. Their NBA “career” and future contracts are much more important than where they get picked and what their first contract ends up being. For example, if Cauley-Stein goes pro this year and is the 12th pick, isn’t ready, gets buried on a roster and never truly develops into anything more than a journeyman, then he isn’t as well off as if he stays another year, develops his all-around game and becomes a better player even though he gets drafted, say, 16th in next year’s draft.

    Also, and I know it’s hard to think this way, but money isn’t everything in life. Your college years are likely to be the best years of your life regardless of your financial status. Why rush into your career, when you can stay and continue being the big man on campus?



  20. I'll bet....
    3:46 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    I’d be curious of the answers if they asked all of our guys that have gone pro early, “Knowing what you know now, would you have come back for another year (or more), rather than cut your college years short and start your NBA career?”



  21. Objectively Firm
    3:49 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    There is enough basketball left any of the 3 to show definitively that they are not ready. If Poythress, Goodwin or WCS struggle over the next 5 or 6 games, they could conceivably fall out of the late-lottery/middle 1st round category and would likely come back. Having Willie back would be the most important decision in regards to next year’s success. While Dakari is enormous and strong, he is not particularly athletic. Because of that, I can see him struggling with fouls and conditioning. Dakari has a better post-game than Willie, but we will need another 5 on the roster. Lee is a terrific rebounder and shot-blocker, but does not have the strength to defend the bigs in the SEC like Willie. Here is your starting 5 if Willie comes back (assuming Randle is cat).
    PG-Harrison
    SG/SF-Harrison
    SG/SF-Young
    PF-Randle
    PF/C-Cauley-Stein
    If Willie does not come back
    PG-Harrison
    SG/SF-Harrison
    SG/SF-Young
    PF-Randle
    PF/C-Johnson



  22. OKLADave
    3:54 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Found this a while back. Great resource.

    http://www.verbalcommits.com/schools/kentucky

    I think the scholly limit is 13?



  23. Dreaming
    3:55 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    I know this would never happen, but it’s fun to think about. This year’s potential roster (if everyone just stayed 3 years):

    PG: Brandon Knight, Marquis Teague, Ryan Harrow
    SG: Doron Lamb, Archie Goodwin
    SF: MKG
    PF: Terrence Jones, Alex Poythress, Kyle Wiltjer
    C: Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein



  24. DEasy
    3:55 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #19 so if someone offered you a million dollars, you’d rather stay in college? The choice between being a millionaire and being big man on campus is a no brainer. The smart decision is to take the money while it’s available.



  25. Eric K
    3:55 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone heard any news on how Wiggins visit is going so far? GO CATS!!



  26. Think about this...
    4:00 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    24) Why wouldn’t it still be available the next year?



  27. Lucknkentuck
    4:00 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    21) completely agree about next years lineup.. If wiggins comes instead of randle he would start at tje 4 spot as well. I think what excites me the most is thinking about how shut down our defense is capable of being.. So much speed and athleticism at every position.. Not to mention that no one would be smaller than 6’5



  28. Eric K
    4:00 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #21 What about adding Wiggins to those lineups?!? BBN be PROUD!! IN CAL WE TRUST!! GO CATS!!



  29. whodat
    4:02 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    if that projection is in fact true all 4 should go. They will be no higher next year and in all likelihood would be lower… even Nerlens. All this talk of whether or not they are “ready” is irreleveant. It only matters how high they will go vs how high they will go if they stay. They can develop in the D league if they are tough enough mentally to do so. What many so called experts talk about dont take into account is that the more a team has invested in you the more chances they will give you to fail. Perception trumps reality every time… especially when evaluating talent. It is not better to be more “prepared” and go lower in the draft.



  30. fanaticat
    4:02 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    17 – finally a reasonable statement.



  31. Eric K
    4:02 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    CATS big tonight!! GO CATS!!



  32. BigBlueGuru
    4:03 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens is long gone, no question about it. However, if Willie stays another year, he’ll not only have a better environment to grow his game in, but he’ll also go higher in next year’s draft than he would in this one. On next year’s team he’s not required to make stops every time, but he’ll still be a huge defensive force and a guy that can run as a 5 (which next year’s team will do, 24/7). I think Willie is a safe bet to get drafted this year if he decides to go, but I think it benefits him to learn himself more after not having played a whole lot of organized basketball growing up. NBA centers would eat him alive for years until he figures his game out. A summer to work on fundamentals and a full season starting on a title contender college team is what he needs to become refined.

    Alex is harder to call. Alex reminds me of Disappearius, but he has so much more potential to be dominant. He could easily fall out of the lottery if teams aren’t willing to gamble. I think he has to play superb basketball from here on out to be a lottery lock, and I’m not sure whether staying or going will be better for his long-term career. I think personally, I would take the money and GO. He will get the development he needs no matter which he chooses, but whether or not he can get a passion for the game that he so desperately needs depends heavily on his environment and his attitude. If he’s made to go to the D-league, maybe that will fire him up to play harder. Or maybe he’ll just mope. Who knows?

    Archie is still a kid. A kid with blow-by speed and great talent, but still a kid that makes bad decisions and often times inadvertently plays selfishly. By inadvertently, I mean he doesn’t realize he’s playing selfishly until someone calls him on it, then he gets down on himself. Archie really needs that ‘mental toughness’ that SOME folks are always talking about…but it’s more than that. It’s the need for better basketball IQ, and that will only come with time and game action. The best way for Archie to get game action at this point is to STAY. He won’t get as much playing time next year, but he won’t get ANY in the NBA. I guess that’s easier to stomach when they’re cutting you several hundred thousand dollar paychecks each month (or so). Archie could be a top 10 pick his junior or senior year at Kentucky if he just stays and learns the game.



  33. Mc
    4:08 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    21) I agree with you for the most part. I could see Lee starting some over Johnson though if Randle can body up with the opposing big sort of the way Jones and Davis worked together. I’m not sure from what I’ve seen that Dakari has a better post game than WCS, at least not skill wise. He’s just huge. I do agree he’ll get in foul trouble quite often. WCS is developing a solid game and with Noel out the increased minutes should increase his draft stock keeping him in the lottery. AP and Archie’s stock hasn’t dropped significantly even after some terrible performances so I think their potential keeps them both in the top 25 and all 4 declare.



  34. DEasy
    4:09 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    26.) So they are to assume that they won’t have an injury or some other circumstances where they won’t become NBA players? That’s dumb. “Hey I want to offer you this job for more money than you or your entire family has ever seen. You can take it right now, or you can wait a year and it might be available if everything goes alright for the next year.” You take it now. Any other decision is completely stupid. If they late second round picks maybe, but if you are going in the first round, you go now.



  35. Everyone.
    4:10 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Please go Archie.



  36. Confucious say
    4:12 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    We tend to sacrifice happiness for money and then realize that money can’t buy it back



  37. Mc
    4:12 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #27-If it’s Wiggins over Randle, I’m not sure whether Wiggins would start at the 4 or whether Cal would look at each match-up to determine his line-up. Maybe Wiggins plays some at the 4, maybe the 3 with Young off the bench backing up the 2 and 3.

    These are good problems to have.



  38. Wow
    4:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    36 – That’s some deep stuff, man



  39. staying is overvalued
    4:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    “#19 Think about this” – I think you are believing something that is a myth. Its a myth that gets pushed along by mainstream media and bloggers that are as lazy now as they were when they were in college. This myth is pushed onto us because people are lazy and don’t check facts cause it takes too much effort, or because they heard a colleague say it so it must be true, because they are under-informed, or because they want kids to stay in school longer. The NBA is a crap product. Outside the top 30-50 players in the league, players 51 through 350 are largely interchangable. That said, even after 2 to 4 years in the league, a guy can still get a ridiculous second contract by being mediocre and still having “upside” and “potential”. Example #1 (and I have a bunch of them): Andrew Bogut. Bogut wasn’t really “ready” to be an impact player in the NBA after 2 years at Utah. But he had potential and went number 1 overall. In 2 years in the NBA he averaged 11 pts, 8 Rebs, and less than 1 block per game. Hardly impressive numbers for a first round pick. Did he wittle out of the league? No…they signed him to a 5 year, 60-million dollar contract! By the end of the 2014 season, he’ll have pocketed 80 million.



  40. Duke Sucks
    4:13 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    24) Finally someone being honest!! No body is going to turn down that money! If the NBA has their hand out they had better take it! No way these kids turn down millions to come back to a greatly diminished role! If Goodwin and Poythress where to come back neither would average over 15-20 minutes a game!
    I think people like 19) are looking at his more as fans of UK instead of realistically thinking about what’s truly best for these kids! I’m not sure if both Archie and Alex won’t be better pro’s the college players. Seems like both play a style that is more suited for he pro game. Namely the block/ charge call!



  41. Huh?
    4:15 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    34) Why should anyone risk playing ever? They might get hurt. Man, you dumb if you play



  42. staying is overvalued
    4:23 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    “#19 Think About this”: Tyrus Thomas- A freak athletically, but not ready to compete in NBA after 1 year at LSU (weighing about 195 pounds). Guy leaves for the NBA as the 4th pick. Have you heard of him since he went to the NBA? I haven’t heard one NBA media person talk about him in 7 years in the league…and i watch the league and have season tickets for 2 teams. After 4 years of averaging 8 points and 5 boards per game, he got a 40 million dollar extension (5 years). By the end of 2015 season, he’ll have cashed 55 MILLION. How much could he have benefitted by staying at LSU another year? Does he becomes the 2nd pick in 2007 draft? Against Oden & Durant & Horford…there is almost zero chance that he improves from the 4th pick by staying. There is a much better chance he gets exposed for not “developing” and loses value on first contract (and 2nd contract?).



  43. Lucknkentuck
    4:26 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    37) i thought about that too, but then i realized that there isnt a 4 man in the country that could stop wiggins.. He would be a match up nightmare. I would imagine with his jumping cabability he would do decent defending a four



  44. jpgott2
    4:27 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    My main want is for Willie Cauley-Stein to come back! If he comes back for another year, UK will have a legit Big with EXPERIENCE that can combine with Dakari Johnson. He would become a top-5 pick, possibly win a National Championship, and gain much needed time to work on his offense.

    The thing I love is that Cal will play his team based on his roster and not his system. If he has more players that are super talented, than we should expect UK to run a lot next year.



  45. Mc
    4:36 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    #43. Definitely true on offense. I’m not sure whether he’d like playing the 4 on defense though. At least depends on who the 4 is.



  46. staying is overvalued
    4:41 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    “19 THink about THis” – Archie Goodwin = Daequan Cook. Cook came out waaaaay too early in 2007 (Ohio State). Played less than 20 mins a game for Ohio State. Scored less than 10 pts/game, 4 boards, 1 assist. I think Cook (as an example) might be Archie’s worst case scenario. Archie has much better first step than Cook. Cook can shoot better than Archie. Some big ego in the NBA (GM/Coach) will undoubtedly think that they are the one smart enough to teach Goodwin how to finish near the rim. They’ll draft him mid to late first round and he’ll linger in the league for 3-5 years. Cook has pocketed 10 million practically sitting on the bench. In the “real world”, it would take Archie TWO-HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS to make that (if he was making $40K/yr.). If Archie comes back, there is a good chance he plays no more than 10 mins a game behind Harrisons and Young. (Gives up a year of making 1.7 mill if drafted in mid 1st round.) Then he’ll probably want to transfer and have to sit out a year or come back to UK try to earn playing time while competing against another batch of great recruits (while losing 2nd year of making 1.9 mill). If I am at all related to Archie, I tell him to RUN for the draft (assuming he is projected first round and guaranteed that first contract).



  47. Jekdiofl
    4:44 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Please stop. No matter how talented these players are they’re still freshmen. Archie Goodwin would start next year due to his experience. Not to mention he is equally talented.



  48. mudcreekmark
    4:46 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Goodwin and Poythress being drafted in the first round is a joke. They have one good game and everyone is back on their ban wagon again. If they cannot beat out the freshmen next year how in the world are they draft worthy? I’m also tired of people saying how weak this draft is. I watch college basketball every night and I see tons of players that I would draft before Goodwin or Poythress. Some how the NBA has bought in to the Kentucky effect. If Cal recruited them then they must be NBA ready. I’m not saying that Goodwin and Poythress couldn’t some day make a living playing basketball but right now they just don’t have the skill sets.



  49. staying is overvalued
    4:57 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    “19 THink about THis”: Willie Cauley-Stein = See others that left after freshman year that weren’t really “ready”. JJ Hickson (10.6 million guarantee in the bank), Kosta Koufas (15 million guaranteed), Mullens (6 million in bank, so far). Can’t teach height. I love Willie’s attitude, his interviews, his potential, everything about him. I’d love to see him wear the uniform for 5 years like Jeff Shepp….but those days are gone. Staying in college now “hurts your brand” most of the time. So if I were Will Cauley Sr (formerly of Buffalo NY!), and son comes to me asking for advice, I discuss the risk vs. reward…but I’d hope for his sake, that he enters his name in the draft. (once again, thats assuming every draft board has him Top 25-30 picks) He is tall, so NBA teams will keep paying him. Heck, Kwame Brown still has a job in the league.



  50. Rus
    4:59 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    What about Wiltjer and Polson?



  51. archie
    5:04 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Jekdiofl Says::: Based on what you have seen this year, do you really believe that Archie starts next year? While I wish Cal would play a deeper bench, in general terms, I don’t see it happening. I think Archie would only see the court to spell the twins, and only if they aren’t playing well. In that short amount of time on the court, do you think he’ll play “within himself”, or do you think he is more likely to “do too much” in order to show why he should be playing more. I don’t see it going well if Archie returns.



  52. wiltj and polson
    5:22 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    not sure if your “wiltj and polson” was directed at me. I’ll assume that it is because I’m bored out of my mind waiting for this game. Wiltjer should stay. Needs to be more consistent and he wouldn’t be a first round pick this year anyway. (Its getting that second year guaranteed Money that makes a real financial impact.) His game is closest to Korver or Novak, right? Korver never shot less than 47% from the field in college (wiltj is 44%). Korver from 3 was 43%, 45%, 43%, and 48% at Creighton (Wiltj is 41%). Over 30 minutes on the court, their college boards would be about the same. (Edge: Wiltjer, tougher…bigger competition in SEC) I think absolute BEST case for Wiltj is end of 2nd round pick, get him only 1 year at 500K. I think risk vs. reward says he should stay and get his 3pt % up…try to move into late first round by averaging 3 or 4 Threes a game & 8 boards (over 30 minute average). As a sidenote, his defense couldn’t be worse than Korver. That guy is a statue.



  53. What
    6:56 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    @35 I never understood why people like you actively cheer for one of our players to leave. Archie is a Kentucky Wildcat. Just because he has not lived up to your asinine expectations does not mean everyone wants him to leave. Fans like you give other UK fans a bad name.



  54. andrew
    6:58 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Just pathetic how the NBA works these days. There are three UK players that have ZERO business leaving school early, but because of ‘weak drafts’ players like Poythress, WCS, and Goodwin are going to hit pay dirt because of ‘potential’ and what a scout thinks. For me, if you do not dominate or at least physically show your capable of handling your own in college, then you have absolutely no reason to leave (obviously financial situations are a huge factor is these kinds of discussions).



  55. Slingblade
    7:06 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    Nerlens should have his surgery and rehad on UK’s dime…If he heals and plays at some point next year he goes high in the draft and doesn’t bounce from city to city in the D-league while he rehabs.Plus he can still go to class and heal.

    Archie definatly needs another year…end of story

    Poythress still has a chance to make a move that brings him high enough to make it to the League next year, but he will almost immediately go to the D-league and spend at least a year there…stay at UK and without much improvement he doesn’t start next year, especially if wiggins comes.

    Willy needs to come back to UK for one more year and practice against some top notch competition next year. if he goes in the draft he will also end up in the D-league for a couple of years.

    In short they all would bennifit from a national championship in thier resume. vs a year of rehab or D-league ball.



  56. sorrytosay
    7:48 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    WCS is gone



  57. Big blue fan
    9:17 pm February 27, 2013 Permalink

    53 what– well said. I don’t get those fans or that attitude. I’m sure the kid didn’t come to lex with plans to disappoint everyone for ghits and siggles. Of course he wants to do well, and in just about any other program the coach and fans would be ok with his development. I tell myself people like that are UofL or IU fans trolling (as wildcat fans)



  58. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    3:46 am February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Wiggina and Randle AIN’T



  59. Bobby Knight's Shrink
    3:46 am February 28, 2013 Permalink

    COMIN’ !!!!



  60. BB Cat
    8:02 am February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Some of the players coming in may have the same problems learning Cal’s way as some of this years players did.



  61. Blake
    10:01 am February 28, 2013 Permalink

    Matt, when are we going to see a Harlem Shake video from the KSR crew?