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Make your own lineup!

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With Alex Poythress coming back, it’s time to take a look at the current status of next year’s roster. Here is the current lineup as of today (I’m putting an asterisk by Dominique Hawkins because it looks like he’ll be a Cat at this point):

1. Jon Hood
2. Jarrod Polson
3. Kyle Wiltjer
4. Alex Poythress
5. Willie Cauley-Stein
6. Andrew Harrison
7. Aaron Harrison
8. Julius Randle
9. James Young
10. Dakari Johnson
11. Marcus Lee
12. Derek Willis
13. *Dominique Hawkins

Now, let’s break it down by position:

PG – Andrew Harrison, Jarrod Polson, Dominique Hawkins*
SG – Aaron Harrison, James Young, Jon Hood
SF – Alex Poythress, James Young, Julius Randle
PF – Julius Randle, Marcus Lee, Kyle Wiltjer, Alex Poythress, Derek Willis
C – Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson

Add in Wiggins and the possibilities are endless. Leave your favorite lineup combinations in the comments section.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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113 Comments for Make your own lineup!



  1. Lol first
    1:02 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    What does first mean



  2. First
    1:02 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Harrison Twins, Young, Randle, WCS



  3. Dustin
    1:04 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison-1
    Aaron Harrison-2
    Poythress-3
    Randle-4
    Willie-5

    this is if Wiggins does not commit. Put him at the 3 if he does.



  4. Curtis
    1:04 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    My starters at this point would be:
    PG-Andrew H.
    SG-Aaron H.
    SF-Alex P.
    PF-Julius R.
    C-Willie C.S.



  5. Drew
    1:04 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I like Polson, Hood, Poythress, Wiltjer, & Cauley-Stein. That team would be unstoppable. Oh, wait…



  6. The Guy guy on Food Network
    1:04 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Will Tolly Ho still hang a Final Four banner?



  7. James
    1:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Harrisons, Wiggins, Randle, WCS.



  8. Dustin
    1:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #5, like your style



  9. sk54
    1:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    twins, randle, willie, poythress



  10. Twitter Account Denied
    1:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I agree with #2 who is First. Harrisons, Young, Randle, WCS. If Wiggins comes, then replace Young for him and Young will be the best 6th man EVER. Our front court depth will be amazing.



  11. Porcino's
    1:06 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Harrison
    2. Harrison
    3. Randle (He would be unguardable at this position)
    4. Poythress
    5. Cauley-Stein

    If Wiggins comes, he starts at 3, Randle starts at 4, and Alex would come off of the bench.



  12. Justin Fortner
    1:06 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    very surprised Wiltjer didnt transfer. he should redshirt, bc he wont play at all next year. maybe 10 minutes a game!!



  13. Yeeeyeeeyee
    1:07 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Andrew Harrison
    2. Aaron Harrison
    3. Andrew Wiggins
    4. Julius Randle
    5. Willie Cauley-Stein

    DOMINATION!!! #BBN



  14. Miller
    1:07 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Apparently # 5 has never seen Randle or Poythress play. Poythress is in no way shape or form a 3 and despite his size Randle is more of a 3 then a 4 . Until Poythress is put into a Patrick Patterson role as a 4 with a face up jumper then he will continue to disappoint, the kid can’t dribble therefore he can’t play the 3.



  15. El Pollo Loco
    1:08 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG – Andrew Harrison
    SG – James Young
    SF – Andrew Wiggins (Poythress here if no Wiggins)
    PF – Julius Randle
    C – WCS



  16. Ben
    1:09 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG – Andrew Harrison
    SG – Aaron Harrison
    SF – James Young
    PF – Julius Randle
    C – Willie Cauley Stein
    Bench
    6th – Alex Poythress
    7th – Dakari Johnson
    8th – Marcus Lee
    9th – Kyle Wiltjer
    10th – Jarrod Polson
    11th – Jon Hood
    12th – Derek Willis
    13th – Dominique Hawkins



  17. Wally Szczerbiak
    1:09 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    So many great possibilities. The only place we look a little thin is at PG. Makes me wish Harrow was coming back. He had an very uneven season, but he’d make a great backup on this squad.



  18. Aspill
    1:09 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG-Andrew
    SG-Aaron
    SF-Wiggins*
    PF-Randle
    C-WCS



  19. Aa
    1:09 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins would be stupid to come to uk.



  20. Shawn
    1:10 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG – Andrew
    SG – Aaron
    SF – Wiggins
    PF – Randle
    C – WCS

    Mercy Is for the weak!

    Wiltjer can be used at the 3 and 4 next year and maybe even some 2. It all depends on how hard he works this summer and If he gets his shooting touch back. When hes In at the 4 you can flash him out to the perimeter all day long for WIDE OPEN 3s. We gonna be goggling It up next year.



  21. Otis
    1:11 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Harrison
    2. Harrison
    3. Poythress (Wiggins if he comes)
    4. Randle
    5. Johnson



  22. Dylan
    1:12 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins will be over Polson as the backup PG. kid can ball..



  23. Shawn
    1:12 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    20 – Why would Hawkins be stupid? Hes a 4 year player no matter where he goes. He doesnt plan on playing a lot next year and he would learn from going against the best competition In college. Be a part of some really good teams and by his senior year have a legit shot at going to the NBA. Do you really think he plans on playing much anywhere he goes next year? People could have said the same thing about Anthony Hickey and look how many people are wishing he would have been on UKs roster the past two years.



  24. Ben
    1:13 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If we were going for a athletic/defensive lineup how about this.
    PG Harrison
    SG Harrison
    SF Randle
    PF Lee
    C Cauley-Stein
    Opponents would struggle to even hit the rim.



  25. Zack
    1:13 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG – Harrison
    SG – Harrison
    SF – Poythress
    PF – Randle
    C – WCS

    2nd Team
    PG – Hawkins*
    SG – Young
    SF – Lee
    PF – Wiljter
    C – Johnson

    I see the Cats going 9 deep (non-Wiggins bracket) with Hawkins not really seeing any PT this year. Practice will be INSANE and will be one of the main reasons this team could… should… will win #9.



  26. JTack
    1:14 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    With Wiggins
    PG — Harrison
    SG — Harrison
    SF — Wiggins
    PF — Randle
    C — WCS

    Without Wiggins

    PG — Harrison
    SG — Harrison
    SF — Randle
    PF — Lee
    C — WCS



  27. bill
    1:14 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hate to break everyones heart but Young is starting at the 2. I don’t know why everyone automatically lumps the twins in together, they are identical not conjoined.



  28. Ksu
    1:15 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #23, Hawkins isnt better than polson outa high school & is no bigger or better than Anthony hickey. He should go somewhere else if he wants to play.



  29. Truth
    1:15 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If wiggins doesn’t come, I can guarantee Young is going to start.

    1- Harrison
    2- Harrison
    3- Young
    4- Randle
    5- Cauley-Stein

    If wiggins comes switch him with young



  30. Chuck
    1:16 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    13 + 1 is still 13? Hmmmmm.



  31. Ksu
    1:17 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Randle, young, lee, Johnson are all better than poythress. He cant play the three very well. Without significant improvement he won’t star & if wiggins comes he will be lucky to fet 8 minutes



  32. VOTE TOLLY HO
    1:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    ONLY AN HOUR AND A HALF LEFT, VOTING ENDS AT 3:00. GO VOTE FOR TOLLY HO

    http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2013/04/01/final-four-best-college-eats/



  33. ryan lacy
    1:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG- Twin
    SG- Other Twin
    SF- Poythress
    PF- Randle
    C- Johnson

    PG- Hawkins
    SG- Young
    SF- Lee
    PF- Wiljter
    C- Cauley-Stien



  34. Ksu
    1:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Get



  35. Otis
    1:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I just don’t see WCS over Dakari. More athletic yes, but don’t forget he has a limited skill set.



  36. bosshog
    1:20 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m with 30, not assuming Wiggins comes, I think that is the best starting line-up. I think that group will develop into a lethally efficient unit offensively, with good size to rebound and play defense. Personally, I’m really looking forward to seeing Young and am tired of all the trolls saying he’s overrated and over-hyped. He is certainly not the athlete that Wiggins is, but they guy can shoot the ball from anywhere and get his own shot. He can score, and with talent like this around him he’s going to have a lot of open looks…..big, big trouble for the opponent.



  37. btowncatfan
    1:21 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I would just as soon our guys turn down this game so I would not have to see them in red.



  38. ThankfulCat
    1:21 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Harrison
    Harrison
    Young
    Randle
    Johnson

    Fab 5 part II. Much better than the 1st version



  39. El Pollo Loco
    1:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    The 5 spot will come down to whomever is hustling/rebounding most at the time. With all the scoring ability at the other 4 positions, the 5 will be all about rebounding, throwing down lobs & defense. I think Lee will surprise people like WCS did this year.



  40. The Don
    1:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yall are doing this wrong

    Starters: Harrison, Harrison, Randle, Lee, WCS. They will start because of energy, rebounding, and defense in practice.

    After First Subs: Harrison, Harrison, Young, Poythress, Randle.

    Now we have 5 athletes for defense AND 5 shooters to stretch the D and leave the lane open. Don’t tell me Randle cant handle 95% of centers out there, which gives him a huge mismatch and lets us pull them out of the lane. That’s one way AD made our team great.



  41. Shawn
    1:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    29 – And Anthony Hickey still would have played more than Polson his Fr. year……so why Is he no better off? And yes Hawkins Is better than Polson out of high school…..a lot more athletic, so much quicker and plays better defense. Hawkins Is a scholarship player….barely but still worthy and Polson was a walk on who was given a scholarship because we had extras. The only thing that puts Polson as backup early In season Is his experience, that Is It, and that will fade by seasons ends.



  42. UK
    1:23 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Johnson is not starting over WCS.



  43. Shawn
    1:23 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yall are short changing WCS.



  44. meowmix
    1:23 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Anyone who thinks both of the harrison twins aren’t starting is laughably wrong



  45. #8
    1:25 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG- Polson
    SG- Hood
    SF- Cauley-Stein
    PF- Wiljter
    C- Harrison on other Harrisons Shoulders



  46. Gotta laugh
    1:25 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    15 – Poythress is allergic to the paint. He will never be a low block post-up four. His outside shot was his only redeeming value this season. I think someone must have told him the lane was hot lava. If he starts, it will be at the three.

    I hope I’m wrong though, he has the body to bang inside. Just needs to get his mind right.



  47. CatsfaninFL
    1:27 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    First Team:
    PG-Harrison
    SG-Harrison
    SF-Randle
    PF-Poythress
    C-WCS

    2nd Team:
    PG – Polson
    SG – Hood
    SF – Young
    PF – Lee
    C – Johnson

    Press every play and play it like hockey…first unit gets tired sub in the entire 2nd team… keep defensive pressure up until the other team is run ragged.



  48. bosshogg24
    1:30 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    To Miller #15, Randle is a 4, in no way a 3!



  49. Ksu
    1:30 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #42, hickey & Hawkins are/were rated lower than polson by espn outa HS. Your saying he’s more athletic because your a racist. Polson is bigger & just as athletic. Polson can do a 360 dunk dip sh$$. If Hawkins want to play much, he should go somewhere else, that’s why cal’s offer was to WALK ON!!! You must be his buddy.



  50. Paul
    1:31 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins:
    1 – Andy Harrison
    2 – Young
    3 – Wiggins
    4 – Randle
    5 – WCS

    No Wiggins:
    1 – Drew Harrison
    2 – The Not as Good Harrison
    3 – Young
    4 – Randle or Polson either is fine
    5 – WCS



  51. Truth
    1:31 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Exactly 37… People don’t realize how good Young is. Everyone think of Doron Lamb, now imagine taller, stronger, quicker, taller,and an overall better ability to score. He will more than likely be the leading scorer (without wiggins).. this dude is a STUD



  52. bosshogg24
    1:31 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    It will be 4 freshmen and Willie Cauley-Stein!



  53. OldSchool
    1:32 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG —Jarrod Polson, Andrew Harrison,, Dominique Hawkins*
    SG — Jon Hood,Aaron Harrison, James Young,
    SF — Alex Poythress, James Young, Julius Randle
    PF — Kyle Wiltjer, Julius Randle, Marcus Lee,, Alex Poythress, Derek Willis
    C — Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson

    I don’t believe freshman should start, they should sit on the bench to learn for a year.



  54. Otis
    1:32 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    43 & 44. The only things WCS is particularly good at are being tall, athletic, and complaining constantly on twitter. He doesn’t have a very good post game and is a historically bad freethrows shooter. Not what you really want in a starting center.



  55. Troll Nation
    1:33 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1) Archie 2) Polson 3) Poythress 4) Wiltjer 5) Daquari Johnson

    It’ll be nice to have experience on this team to help the new guys learn how to work



  56. Shocklee
    1:33 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Unless something drastically changes with Poytress, I think Young will start at the 3. I’ve only read about him, never seen him in person, but he is a legit 6’7″ that averaged around 16 rebounds a game his senior year. Last year, if Poytress wasn’t scoring then he wasn’t doing anything else. That included rebounding.



  57. Common Sense
    1:33 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Why do I feel like I’m part of a very small group that believes all freshmen will start…

    PG-Harrison
    SG-Harrison
    SF-Young
    PF-Randle
    C-Johnson



  58. bosshogg24
    1:35 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hood and Polson if they come back at all, will not be in picture and won’t get any minutes!



  59. BOOM! SWAGGER BOMB!!!
    1:37 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Kentucky Wildcats 2013-2014 Depth Chart:

    PG: Andrew/Polson/*Hawkins*
    SG: Aaron/Young
    SF: *Wiggins*/Poythress/Hood
    PF: Randle/Lee/Wiltjer/Willis
    C: Cauley-Stein/Johnson



  60. bosshogg24
    1:37 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Common Sense!
    PG- Harrison
    SG- Harrison
    SF- Wiggins
    PF- Randle
    C- Cauley-Stein



  61. Erie doctine
    1:38 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Go Big
    PG- Andrew Harrison
    SG- James Young
    SF- Julius Randle
    PF- WCS
    C- Dakari Johnson



  62. Common Sense
    1:39 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Second Team

    PG-Hawkins
    SG-Polson
    SF-Poythress
    PF-Lee
    C-Cauley-Stein



  63. JR
    1:40 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Willis and/or Hawkins redshirt. With this line up they won’t see the court but give them both a year under the belt they both can be small role players as RS freshmen and build from there. Cal has been known to use 7-9 players in the past but with this team there is 10-11 that can play and contribute. Redshirt both of them and you help build for the future. Pitino did that with Sheppard and it worked out for both UK and Shappard



  64. rainman
    1:40 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going my own route!
    1-Harrisson
    2-WIGGINS, I know lets wait and see!
    3-Randle
    4-Poythress
    5-Willie
    Can you say HUGE???



  65. brent c
    1:41 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG-Harrison
    SG-Harrison competing daily with Young for this spot
    SF-Young competing daily with Alex for start
    PF-Randle with Wiltjer as backup
    C-WCS competing daily with Drakari for start



  66. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:41 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s made this suggestion:
    PG Andrew Harrison
    SG Aaron Harrison
    SF James Young
    PF Julius Randle
    C Willie Cauley-Stein

    Poythress hasn’t done anything at this point to prove he deserves the starting spot at SF.



  67. Big Blue B-Rad
    1:42 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Then If Wiggins signs, put him at SF instead



  68. bosshogg24
    1:42 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Randle is not a 3!



  69. Jimmy Bologna
    1:43 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If wiggins come…I’d roll with

    1. Aaron Harrison
    2. Wiggins
    3. Poythess
    4.Randle
    5. Cauley-Stein



  70. jbk
    1:44 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG: Andrew Harrison 6’5″
    SG: James Young 6’6″
    SF: Andrew Wiggins 6’7″
    PF: Julius Randle 6’9″
    C: Willie Cauley-Stein 7’0″

    As some previous posts have mentioned, I think people are underestimating Young and his innate ability to score and shoot. Besides the battle for the 3 (between Poythress and Wiggins, assuming he comes), I think the battle for shooting guard between Aaron H. and Young will be as competitive as any for the starting nod.



  71. WilcatRhino
    1:45 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    BBN, we need your votes for TollyHo in the Final 4. Do your Civil Wildcat duty and VOTE! This is, after all, how this wonderful Nation has come to be! http://blog.cookingchanneltv.com/2013/04/01/final-four-best-college-eats/



  72. JR
    1:47 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Just because Hawkins is a Point guard does not Mean he will be the one to relieve Harrison. Alot of times you rotate a SG over when your PG needs a rest. The other Harrison Polson and or Young will likely rotate in the spot. I don’t see him getting minutes this year.



  73. cdc_uky
    1:47 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress is not a 3. I have no idea how ready all of these freshmen phenoms will be at the start of the season…but I watched every game with all of you this year and can’t understand why anyone would start AP at the 3. He better learn to play the 4 or get some handles…



  74. JP
    1:47 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Andrew Harrison
    2 – Young
    3 – Poythress (don’t think Wiggins will be coming as much as that stinks, plus I had the “pleasure” of seeing Poythress single-handedly dismantle my high school alma mater in the TN state playoffs. Most aggressive I’ve ever seen him, we need that from him this year, since we didn’t get it last year)
    4 – Randle
    5 – WCS/Johnson (toss-up; WCS is more experience obviously, but Johnson is a freak)

    6th/7th/8th: Aaron Harrison, Lee, Polson



  75. jbk
    1:50 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    @ 75. Poythress is a 3. I’m pretty sure there is abetter chance for him to learn to shoot better than to grow a couple more inches. He will def. be a 3 in the NBA



  76. Randy
    1:50 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    60. Hood won’t play, but I see Polson being our primary backup at PG. He proved he’s capable last season and will be surrounded with much better talent this year.



  77. Erik Spolstra
    1:52 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1 – Wiggins
    2 – Young
    3 – Randle
    4 – Johnson
    5 – Harrisons

    Worked with LeBron, why not at UK?



  78. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    1:55 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I want to see this scrimmage:

    Aa. Harrison
    An. Harrison
    A. Poythress
    K. Wiltjer
    D. Johnson

    vs.

    J. Polson
    J. Young
    J. Randle
    M. Lee
    W. Cauley-Stein



  79. jpcat15
    1:57 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Poythress is not a 3- does not have the ballhandling ability or quickness to be a 3 man and he does not have a quick enough release on his jumper and can’t shoot off the dribble.. He is a 4, but plays too soft to really be a good 4- at least up to this point.



  80. Jeff
    1:58 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG – Harrison
    SG – Young
    SF – Wiggins*
    PF – Randle
    C – Noel
    bench
    Poythress
    Johnson
    Harrison
    Lee
    Wiltjer
    Cauley
    Hood
    Willis
    Polson (goes back to walk on)



  81. WilcatRhino
    1:58 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Wiggins; 2. Wiggins; 3. Wiggins; 4. Wiggins; 5. Wiggins… 6-13; added bonuses (fingers crossed)



  82. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    2:04 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    But the best starting 5 in my opinion right now:

    Aa. Harrison
    An. Harrison
    A. Poythress
    J. Randle
    W. Cauley-Stein

    Strength/athleticism is just scary, and the size is on par with an NBA starting 5. If they can make open shots, I don’t see how this team doesn’t dominate college basketball.



  83. WestCoastJoe
    2:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Our biggest weakness will be if Andrew Harrison gets in foul trouble. That would not be good.



  84. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    2:06 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Just for fun, I’d like to see the twins, randle, young and lee get some run….would be a small, but FAST group.



  85. Poythress
    2:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If Wiggins were coming I’d be leaving!!!



  86. STEVE!
    2:18 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I would be happy seeing Alex become next year’s Darius Miller (Senior season version). A solid backup player that can be a matchup problem at the wing against bigger players and in the paint against smaller ones.



  87. Ricky P
    2:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Yeah, but your coach sucks



  88. Shew55
    2:27 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Starting Lineup
    1) Aaron Harrison
    2) Andrew Harrison
    3) Alex Poythress
    4) Julius Randle
    5) Willie C. Stien

    Back Ups
    1) * Dominique Hawkins; Jarrod Polson
    2) James Young; Kyle Wiltjier, Jon Hood
    3) James Young, Derek Willis; Julius Randle
    4) Marcus Lee; Kyle Wiltjier
    5) Dakari Johnson; Marcus Lee



  89. J A Brooks
    2:28 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    81) He played the 3 in AAU and in all the All-Star games last year and was our opening day SF. He shot 40% + from three this year and he projects as an NBA SF, not PF. He does need to improve his ball handling and quickness though, but many people thought Darius had the same problem after his freshman year… not quick enough or a good enough ball handler. Guys improve every year. Saying he CANT play the 3 is incorrect though, he’s done it a lot in his career and will probably play the 3 for the rest of his career.

    85) Aaron runs the point from time to time when Andrew’s not in… not a huge deal this year because of the amount of talent surrounding whomever the back up point will be. He’ll just have to pass once or twice and watch the show.

    87) No thats why Goodwin left.

    G – A. Harrison – 6’5 205 Lb Fr.
    G – A. Harrison – 6’5 205 Lb Fr.
    F – A. Poythress – 6’7 225 LB Fr.
    F – J. Randle – 6’9 240 lb Fr.
    C – W. Cauley-Stein – 7’1 240 LB So.

    6 – J. Young – 6’6 205 LB Fr.
    7 – M. Lee – 6’9 200 LB FR.
    8 – D. Johnson – 6’11 250 LB Fr.
    9 – K. Wiltjer – 6’9 220 LB Jr.
    10 – D. Hawkins – 6’1 175 LB FR.

    11 – J. Hood
    12 – J. Polson
    13 – D. Willis



  90. ukcatzfan
    2:33 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    to start the season

    Harrison
    Harrison
    young
    poythress
    WCS



  91. Basketball freak
    2:51 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Andrew
    2. Aaron
    3. Randle
    4. Lee
    5. WCS

    Always have liked a large lineup.



  92. Ukfan
    2:57 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Andrew, Aaron, Julius, Alex, Willie OR Andrew, Aaron, Andrew, Julius, Willlie



  93. big blue fever
    3:03 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    andrew,aaron,james,randle, and wcs



  94. BBNFan
    3:13 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Starters:
    PG:Andrew Harrison
    SG:Aaron Harrison
    SF:Alex Poythress (wiggins if he come)
    PF:Julius Randle
    C:Willie Cauley Stein (Johnson will be close competition)

    Bench:
    6.Dakari Johnson
    7.James Young
    8.Kyle Wiltjer
    9.Marcus Lee
    10.Jarrod Polson
    11.Dominique Hawkins
    12.Jon Hood
    13.Derek Willis



  95. Zach
    3:14 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    STARTING 5
    PG-Andrew Harrison
    SG-Aaron Harrison
    SF-Alex Poythress(Andrew Wiggins if he comes to UK)
    PF-Julius Randle
    C-Willie Cauley-Stein
    SECOND LINEUP
    PG-Jarrod Polson(Dominique Hawkins if he comes)
    SG-James Young
    SF-Jon Hood(Poythress if Wiggins commits)
    PF-Kyle Wiltjer or Marcus Lee
    C-Dakari Johnson



  96. Herman
    3:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1a. Harrison
    2a. Harrison
    3a. Wiltjer
    4a. Randle
    5a. Willie

    1b. Polson/Hawkins
    2b. Young
    3b. Poythress
    4b. Lee
    5b. DJ

    This team will have a bigger target on their backs than any team in the history of college basketball. With so much talent to distribute, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop at least one game early on or maybe an SEC game on the road. I’m sure by February everything will be figured out though.



  97. Jay from front row
    3:37 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    If we’re going with defense, I’d say…

    (Without Wiggins)
    Andrew
    Aaron
    Randle
    Lee
    WCS

    (With Wiggins)
    Andrew
    Aaron
    Wiggins
    Randle
    WCS

    I know some people think that James Young should play the 2 over Aaron, but I doubt they’d have the same chemistry as Andrew would with his twin brother who he’s played against/with his entire life. Young should play plenty, as the twins can switch in and out for who plays PG. Plus, against some teams, we might wanna play smaller and go with Andrew, Aaron, Young, Randle/Lee, WCS/Randle (assuming there’s no Wiggins).



  98. CatsFan
    3:43 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Look at it if they go small. Harrison Twins, James Young, Randle, and Poythress. Freaky athletic

    If they add Wiggins and go small. Harrison Twins, James Young, Randle, and Wiggins. WOW!



  99. bluesman
    4:05 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Hawkins is not a point guard could he turn out to be on? maybe but i have doubts. Polson like how hard he works no body with the exception of Noel worked harder someone said Polson was ranked top 100 out of highschool not true in fact he didnt even make the Ky alstar series with INDY Hawkins is Mr basketball this year.



  100. PatCat
    4:07 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    1. Harrison #1
    2. Harrison #2
    3. Poythress
    4. Randle
    5. WCS

    I see this as the starting lineup at the beginning of the seaon. I expect that Cal will give some weight to seniority and will allow Poythress to start. If he slacks on the court, he will be traded out for Young or perhaps Lee just a few minutes into the game.

    The (1) spot is unambiguous. Andrew Harrison is the starting PG with Poulson as backup (we don’t have Hawkins yet, so he doesn’t count). In game, there may be short stretches where neither is on the floor and a SG handles the PG duties.

    The (5) spot is also fairly straightforward. WCS and Johnson battle for the start. I see WCS as the starter early in the season based on experience. If either player is not working hard, Lee could also take some minutes as the 5.

    The (2), (3), and (4) spots are a jumble. Aaron Harrison is a clear SG. Randle is a clear PF. Poythress seems a mix 3/4, as he doesn’t have the handle for a 3, the consistent desire to bang in the paint for a “power” 4, or the desire to take shots from range for a “stretch” 4. That being said, I still like him and he has phenomenal upside once he gets his head in the game. Wiltjer is a clear stretch 4. However, he had quite a 3 point shooting slump at the end of this season, and there’s not much use for a sharpshooting 4 who can’t shoot. Lee is a 4 that leans more towards the 5 spot than the 3 spot. Young is a SF that leans towards the 2 spot, or perhaps a tall 2. (Wiggins is being ignored since we don’t have him [yet])

    Given this rambling description, I believe that Aaron Harrison and Randle are the natural starters for the 2 and 4 spots simply because they are very skilled players who clearly belong at those positions. The 3 spot is a fight between Poythress and Young, with Young also competing to take the starting 2 spot from Aaron Harrison.

    I see an interesting competion between Wiltjer and Lee for backing up Randle at the 4 position. Wiltjer has experience and (usually) a good outside shot. However, Lee is quicker, more useful around the basket, and hopefully a better defender. If Wiltjer continues to have a shooting slump, I can see him as a 8-10 minute per game player.

    I don’t expect to see Hood play outside of “garbage time” in a thirty point blow out.

    The great thing about having all these players is that you can ignore everything I have written above. Maybe Cal wants to play tall and we see Andrew, Young, Randle, Lee, WCS on the floor. Maybe he wants to play fast with Andrew, Aaron, Young, Alex, and Randle. We could start five freshmen or start only two (Harrisons, Poythress, Wiltjer, WCS). There are a lot of reasonable options.



  101. Shigster3
    4:16 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #15,Miller, You are one of the few that see it with poythress. He is not a 3. Period. He has no ball handling skills nor can he create his own shot. His true potential comes out when he is used as PPat was, a face the basket 4 man.



  102. kyauthorsd
    4:22 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Harrison, Harrison, Young, Randle, and Cauley-Stein.



  103. Corey
    4:25 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Derek Willis is primarily a SF who’s been playing out of position for a while. Hence the drop in rankings for him. So, Derek Willis, 6’9 SF.



  104. kyauthorsd
    4:37 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PatCat, you say you only expect Hood to play in thirty point blowouts. Does that mean he will play in only half the games?



  105. PatCat
    4:52 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Reply to #106, it could be that Hood gets to play several minutes per game simply because of Kentucky’s domination. However, we had arguably the best recruiting class for the 2012-2013 season and there were not many blowout victories for Brian Long to appreciate. While the incoming class is much better on paper than the past year, I don’t want to saddle them with unrealistic expectations. I expect that we will be an excellent team next year, but anyone can have an off night. I just hope that the off night occurs during the regular season and not in the 2014 Tourney.

    I forgot to mention Willis in my long post, but I expect that he will see even lower utilization than Hood. Still, its always good to have some 4 year guys around and he could be our next Darius Miller.



  106. UKFrankfort
    5:23 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Starting line-up:
    PG: Harrison
    SG: Harrison
    SF: Wiggins*/Poythress
    PF: Randle
    C: WCS

    Big line-up:
    PG: Harrison
    SG: Young/Wiggins*
    SF: Randle/Lee
    PF: Lee/Randle
    C: WCS/Johnson

    Shooters line-up:
    PG: Harrison
    SG: Harrison
    SF: Young
    PF: Wiltjer
    C: Randle



  107. bobby
    6:34 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Starting line up

    PG:Harrison
    SG:Harrison/Wiggins
    SF:Wiggens/Poythress
    PF:Randle
    C:WCS



  108. Issel's two front teeth
    6:42 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    I predict that Ksu will say that Hawkins is not better or faster than Hickey…… oh wait!
    Ksu must be related to Hickey, or played high school ball with him? Hickey is having a great career at LSU. Let it go Ksu! Let it go.



  109. fireants25
    7:53 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    #7 hahahahhaha



  110. fireants25
    7:53 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    twins
    wiggs
    randle
    WCS=40-0



  111. Elijah Smith
    8:46 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    PG: Andrew Harrison
    SG: Aaron Harrison
    SF: James Young (unless Wiggins comes)
    PF: Julius Randle
    C: Willie Cauley-Stein early in season and Dakari Johnson mid-season



  112. Twarth
    9:35 pm April 3, 2013 Permalink

    Every 8 mins sub 5 for 5 and run,run like hell. Mix the lineup , best 5 in practice start, and finish.