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Future Cats named SEC’s top newcomers


The praise keeps rolling in for next year’s freshmen class. It’s like they’re supposed to be really good or something. Over the weekend, Yahoo! Sports’ Jason King previewed the top newcomers in the SEC and–shocker–the Fab Four were among them:

Anthony Davis, Kentucky, F — Some recruiting services have pegged Davis as the top overall player in the Class of 2011. The 6-foot-10 Davis recently grew seven inches in a year and still has a tremendous upside. Because he used to be a guard, Davis has a tremendous feel and understanding of the game. His shot-blocking and rebounding ability make him a game-changer defensively. His offensive skill set is good and continues to improve. Davis plays with tremendous toughness and is extremely coachable.

Michael Gilchrist, Kentucky, SF — The third-ranked player in the Class of 2011 touts an elite level of athleticism that will make him a force in the SEC from the get-go. His ability to rack up points is often overshadowed by the ferocity with which he rebounds and defends. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound Gilchrist is solid from mid range but needs to improve his 3-point shooting. Mentally, though, Gilchrist has all the attributes (i.e. competitiveness, drive) of a winner. He prides himself in doing the little things it takes to be successful.

Marquis Teague, Kentucky, PG — Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans, John Wall and Brandon Knight all starred as freshman point guards under John Calipari. Teague hopes to be next on that list. The 6-foot-2 Teague is the top-rated player at his position in the Class of 2011. Teague has an explosive first step and is almost impossible to stop one-on-one. He scores a ton of points from the free-throw line and is tremendous in the open court. He’s perfect for Calipari’s dribble-drive offense.

Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky, F — A fundmentally sound player with a high basketball IQ, Wiltjer is a huge matchup problem for opposing defenders because of his ability to score both inside and out. Wiltjer is an exceptional passer and his shooting ability will help make Kentucky one of the most well-rounded, versatile teams in the country. His foot speed is a minor concern.

Now, go finish that potato salad.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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15 Comments for Future Cats named SEC’s top newcomers

  1. tdogg4033011
    9:39 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    ohhhh yeaahhh, UK is gonna be bad ass !!!

  2. bluesweat
    9:45 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    come on King, high basketball IQ? just say he’s white and has game.

  3. tdogg4033011
    9:48 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    our first 7 players next season are gonna be sick ….. gonna be super fun to watch again !!!

  4. Nassau65
    9:53 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    yep, another fun year and hopefully #8

  5. Bill Curry
    9:55 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Wiltjer will be a white Erik Daniels type.

  6. Schlitz Drinker
    9:57 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Expect J. Hood to crack the rotation for next season.

  7. 44 Stitches
    10:01 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    Just got back home from the lake and catching up on my KSR. True basketball next year is going to be nasty. I saw were the WR Sweat committed to our football team. It’s good to see Joker and our staff are getting kids from Stephonson H.S. down here in metro Atlanta. Stephonson HS is another program down here like LaGrange that produces a lot of D1 talent each and every year. I just read not even 2 weeks ago in the Atlanta paper that 6 kids from Stephonson had already committed to BCS schools. A bunch of schools produce talent like that down here. It’s good to see UK getting some of these kids.

  8. tdogg4033011
    10:04 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    is it November yet?? I’ll take September, I’m ready for some football too

  9. Look Out Fireworks!
    10:36 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    second best conference behind the big east? hogwash!

  10. AKA cold buckets
    10:46 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    BREAKING: we’re gonna be good.

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  12. bosshogg24
    11:07 pm May 30, 2011 Permalink

    #6, Are you Hood’s cousin?

  13. bung
    9:58 am May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Hood has breakout year and starts in 12 at 3 spot.

  14. Doubting Thomas
    3:03 pm May 31, 2011 Permalink

    Jon Hood with much confidence improvment could be a contributor to our team next year but probably struggles to get more than 4 or 5 minutes per game. Wish he would explode into the player his potential showed while he was in High School.