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Kentucky Named Next Year’s Best Perimeter Team

ESPN’s Seth Greenburg ranked the top 10 perimeter teams for next season and while you need to be an insider to see all ten the only team that matters is number one.

John Calipari will once again have an elite backcourt. The combination of freshmen Andrew and Aaron Harrison along with James Young and sophomore Alex Poythress makes the Wildcats’ perimeter exceptional. This season’s Kentucky backcourt will be big, athletic and physically mature.

When you factor in whatever Kyle Wiltjer decides/the possible addition of Dante Exum, reports coming out of practice about Dominique Hawkins’ ability, two veteran reserves in Jarrod Polson & Jon Hood then it’s hard to imagine any team even being close to the Cats. You could almost split those six guys up to take the top two spots on Greenburg’s list.

Seeing as the Cats will also feature the nation’s top frontcourt as well you know it’s going to be a fun year. Who’s going to stop us?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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41 Comments for Kentucky Named Next Year’s Best Perimeter Team

  1. Steve Tow
    12:07 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink


  2. cracka
    12:10 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    i’m not disagreeing, but seth greenburg should understand that 6’8″, 250 alex poythress is not in our backcourt

  3. Ukpodge
    12:12 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Tony Vanetti will have fit because someone thinks UK’s freshmen could be better than his dirty birds in the back court!!!!

    Talent ALWAYS wins out

  4. LDE
    12:12 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    It’s kinda like the 2012 team.. The only people that can beat us is ourselves.

  5. Icecream Man
    12:14 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink


  6. Rei
    12:15 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress isn’t 250, are you dense?

    12:20 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Alex Poythress F 6-7 239 FR Clarksville, TN

    Those were the preseason stats according to ESPN of Poythress’ freshman season. If he isn’t 250 by now, he is very close to it.

  8. cracka
    12:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    he was listed at 239 last year as an incoming freshman, figure he put on about 10 lbs like practically every player always does

  9. SeaCat
    12:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress isn’t 6’6″

  10. me
    12:23 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    #6 – Poythress is listed at 239lbs., but in any case, he is certainly not a backcourt player. I think it’s fair to consider him a part-time “perimeter” player, as his natural position is the 3.

  11. BigBlueAces
    12:26 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Proofread….Greenberg > Greenburg

  12. Just wondrin
    12:26 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Where can I read about “reports coming out of practice about Dominique Hawkins’ ability?”

  13. J in Orlando
    12:30 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    10 in the dribble drive we will play this year there will be 4 perimeter players…Poythress will be playing from the perimeter quite a bit

  14. Rei
    12:38 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Did you all miss the Kevin Durant clinic thing where they said Poythress was around 6’9″ 241?

  15. UKSupporter76
    12:40 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I wouldn’t read too much into anything Seth Greenberg has to say, good, bad or otherwise. Greenberg, is an idiot.

  16. bigbluebear
    12:46 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Isn’t Exum 2014?

  17. jpgott2
    12:46 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    The reason Greenberg includes Poythress in his perimeter review is because Poythress shot 41% from the perimeter last season. It will make our perimeter even more dangerous when someone playing the 3-4 shoots it well from outside, because it willstretch defenses and allow for greater dribble-drive effectiveness .

  18. IDK
    12:52 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’m a huge fan and not a troll, but I disagree. Our frontcourt is stacked but our backcourt is not very deep and all freshmen. I hope the twins and young can live up to the hype

  19. Clint
    12:55 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    #18 Care to name a better backcourt then?

  20. Pancreas
    12:56 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Still don’t understand why this site continues to insist that Exum is a legitimate or even likely possibility. He hasn’t expressed that much interest in Kentucky and may not even go to college.

    You think Aaron Harrison will be cool with getting kicked to the bench when Exum comes (if you don’t think Exum would start over Aaron then you haven’t watched the kid play and are delusional)? Or, on the contrary, would the guy who is being projected as a possible top-5 lottery pick want to come in and come off the bench?

    Until Exum lists Kentucky as one of his top three colleges and not just one who has gotten in touch with him, this site needs to stop building up his “potential mid season addition.” Remember, his dad played at UNC and the only school he has visited so far is IU. We are not the favorite, whatsoever, and that is fine.

    We are the most talented team in college basketball either way (obviously Exum would make us absolutely unstoppable).

  21. Han
    1:02 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    If Kyle stays or Exum decides to join the party, we can only get better.

    12) There’ve been a couple mentions of him getting a lot of time with the Harrisons and Young not on campus yet.

    16) Exum graduates in November and has discussed the possibility of enrolling in an American college in January. Many people believe he will stay in Australia and enter the 2014 draft directly.

    20) UNC is probably not going to be in a great position to recruit anyone very soon. They’re driving toward a cliff. Exum will probably end up staying in Australia, but if he has a dream of playing college ball, UK is very much part of that dream for a lot of young athletes since Cal got here. And if he has ANY thoughts about also playing next year for some reason, it could be appealing to be the guy to lead UK in 2014-15. A lot of ifs, but Cal has taught us that ifs are more possible than ever before.

  22. Really?
    1:03 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    #3, except for the 2010 Elite 8 you mean? And the entire 2013 season?

  23. jpgott2
    1:07 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    22. 2010 had very little outside shooting ability, which is why Meeks was always considered the answer to that team. 2013 had some serious injury problems over the season, and little experience on the court.

  24. IDK
    1:12 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    19-As far as a better one goes, I should clarify…we may have the best backcourt if the freshmen come in and play like NBA lottery picks, but with no experienced players, I think labeling our backcourt as the best in the country may be premature. I hope the guys do turn out to be the best backcourt in the country.

    You could make a case for Duke, OK State, UL, or Michigan State as good backcourts.

  25. Nope
    1:22 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Duke… Cook, Sulaimon, Hood, Thornton, Jones > Twin1, Twin2, Young.

    Duke showed Kentucky last season that experience AND talent is better than talent alone. Kentucky has 3 guards and none of them have played a single collegiate minute. Not deep at all on the perimeter and full of inexperience.

  26. Nope
    1:25 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Sulaimon > Twin2. Hood > Young. Cook and Harrison — Harrison obviously better pro prosect, but Cook was a 5-star recruit and made huge improvements last season, which should continue this season.

  27. Wrongo
    1:31 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Cook was a 4*

  28. Kentucky Effect
    1:32 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    We have more talent but Duke has 8 legitimate perimeter guys.

  29. Don
    1:55 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with Pancreas..Quit talking about Exum..He is not coming and never has indicated he was..All you do is get peoples hopes up who really don’t know what is going on,thus they believe everything they read.Please stop.

  30. cracka too
    2:15 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    #2 Where did it say that Poythress was included in our backcourt? It just states that Poythress helps our PERIMETER game which he does….
    Dirk Nowitzki helps the Mavericks’ perimeter game immensely and he is not in their backcourt…

  31. Catscatscats
    2:17 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    I’m confused as to why we think Dante Exum is automatically coming here for one semester. I’m pretty sure UK hasn’t offered him and Indiana has been on him like white on rice. If he goes to college I feel like he would want to go to a school that he can be the show for the semester. Basically I think he goes somewhere else for the same reason wiggins and shabazz did.

  32. cracka
    2:21 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    marcus smart and lebryan nash are both 5* guys with experience and a lot of talent over at ok st

  33. cracka
    2:26 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    here’s the article if you want to read it:

  34. Seriously
    2:27 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Where was UK ranked last year at the start of the season? Where did they finish? Until proven it is all hype. I would put Duke and Louisville backcourts ahead of UK. I would also put Michigan State front court ahed of UK among others. Citing Hood as a legit veteran is ridiculous. At some point you have to be sensible and say that the individual high school talent looks promising but you have to wait and see. Where is Stacy Poole? He was a supposed pheonominal talent. I would say it is a safe bet that UK is in the big dance this year but this is it.

  35. Clint
    3:08 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Oh there are several great backcourts in the NCAA this year, many of you mentioned Duke, UofL, etc. But are their backcourts clear cut better than UK’s? Nope. UK has the most talented backcourt in the country, which means it very well could be the best but not definitely. By the way, UK has the best frontcourt in college too. There’s no way anyone could change my mind about that.

  36. James
    3:18 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Haha, trolls be trollin’.

    I thought Tony Vanetti was going to stroke out on the radio yesterday because people had the “audacity” to rank the Cats in front of his Dirty Birds. This should ruin his day further

  37. cracka
    3:28 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

  38. You'reMyBoyBlue
    4:01 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    Why does this even matter? Do you guys really care about preseason rankings? Especially rankings for a portion of our team. The only thing I care about is our ranking at the end of the season. If we go get number 9, the rest of this stuff will just be a wart on a frog’s ass.

  39. Nope
    4:04 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    25) no one would argue UK having the best frontcourt. Poythress, WCS, Randle, Dakari, Lee… no one can touch that.

    But placing 3 freshman guards, only 1 of which is a guaranteed lottery pick, over experienced and also tremendously talented backcourts like Duke and UL is just ridiculous. Rodney Hood is the best backcourt player at Duke, UK, or UL.

  40. bbr
    5:25 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    If Rodnet Hood is so good why do none of the services have him projected as a top 30 pick in the NBA draft?

  41. Big Al
    6:03 pm July 10, 2013 Permalink

    39)Rodney Hood is the best backcourt player at Duke, UK, or UL.HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA !!!!!!!