Fox News likes to bill themselves as fair and balanced, but I think that their sports network might be guilty of a slight exaggeration in a post about the retooling process that top college programs are currently undergoing. In their breakdown of what Kentucky is bringing in next season, the author made the bold claim that Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress could be the best rookie big man tandem college basketball has seen since the days of the Michigan Fab Five with Chris Webber and Juwan Howard.
Don’t get me wrong, Noel and Poythress will be very formidable and bring more front court talent than most teams in college basketball will ever have, freshmen or not. The only issue I take with it is that I think Kentucky just lost two freshman members of its front court that will be very difficult to top. Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were All-Americans, could go one and two in the NBA draft and won a national championship. To assume that Noel and Poythress might top that before they even step onto campus seems a bit hyperbolic.
That being said, I’d love nothing more than for Noel and Poythress to prove me wrong by topping the accomplishments of Davis and MKG. I just think that’s a tall order.