Yup, it’s definitely the offseason. With basketball months away, and football season all-but-here, it’s pretty much just tumbleweeds on the basketball front in the SEC. Case in point: Kyle Wiltjer transferring to Gonzaga is the conference’s third biggest offseason storyline, according to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf.
Here’s the Worldwide Leader with more:
3. Kyle Wiltjer leaves Kentucky: John Calipari assembled one of the greatest recruiting classes in NCAA history. Perhaps you’ve heard about it. Julius Randle is one of six McDonald’s All Americans who will join UK in 2013-14. There’s plenty of talent in Lexington, enough to place the Wildcats atop many lists of national-title favorites. But leadership and experience could be concerns — much like they were in 2012-13 — with Wiltjer transferring to Gonzaga. The process began with a pair of letters from both Calipari and Wiltjer that conveyed some uncertainty about the Canadian’s future. But when he officially announced his decision last month, Kentucky lost a player who can stretch the floor (10.2 PPG, 37 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13) and its only link to the 2011-12 national championship squad. The Cats still have more talent than any other team in college basketball without him. But inexperience could be a problem again.
Marshall Henderson’s undying love for anything snortable came in at No. 1, with the revolving door that is the Tennessee basketball program taking up the 2 spot. You can check out the full 1-5 HERE, if that’s your thing.