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What role does Doron play next season?

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In all the discussions that I’ve had about the team next year, one name rarely comes up and it’s surprising. Doron Lamb will undoubtedly be a key piece of next year’s team, but he doesn’t have the same buzz around him as the incoming freshmen or Terrence Jones. Lamb announced on April 19th that he’d be returning to school without any fanfare and the general consciousness of Big Blue Nation shifted to the impending Terrence Jones decision and the hype surrounding the McDonald’s All-Americans.

Our opponents are aware of who we have coming in. Game plans will be made around Anthony Davis and Terrence Jones. Opposing coaches will work to slow down Marquis Teague, box out Michael Gilchrist and get into Darius Miller’s head. There will be too many talented pieces on this team for a big focus to be placed on all of them and, more often then not, Doron will be the one who benefits from that. Barring a sophomore slump, Doron could post figures even more impressive than those he posted in his freshman campaign. I’d love to see him top 50 percent on his threes for the season.

I think that Doron could do for this team what Jodie Meeks could have done for Cal’s first team had he stayed. Next year’s group will be loaded with prototypical dribble-drive types and Doron will be counted on to hit threes when the ball is kicked out to him. Lamb isn’t a one dimensional player, though. He proved that he could make plays all over the court and with his natural scoring ability, don’t be surprised if Doron Lamb leads the Cats in points per game next season.

I don’t expect there to be a heavy focus on him early in the season, but if Doron can capitalize on that, then teams will have to pressure him and the floor will be open for even more dribble-drive destruction. Next year should be a fun year for Kentucky basketball. What do you think? How will Doron factor into the game plan next season?

Article written by Matthew Hays

65 Comments for What role does Doron play next season?

  1. Rob Schrader
    1:05 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will start at the 2 and be the shooter out of the backcourt consisting of Teague, and Gilchrist

  2. Cory
    1:09 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Teague, Lamb, Miller, Jones, Davis or Lamb, Miller, Gilchrist, Jones, Davis. There is no way he came back this year to be 6th man again. No one else has a consistent jumper.

  3. tim
    1:11 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Even though he’s a senior, Miller off the bench.

    1:14 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    no tim no..
    pg teague
    sg miller
    sf gilchrist
    pf jones
    c davis

    pg beckam/polson
    sg lamb/poole
    sf hood
    pf wiltjer
    c vargas

  5. bigdave
    1:14 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    mr. lamb will be a star. just like like year. when nobody else steps up he’ll be busy draining 3’s and gettin to the bucket. losing knight is ok. even if the freshman struggle darius can handle the rock. lamb is a certified sharpshooter. thats all the dribble drive needs. i wish the the kid luck this year its his time.

  6. bigdave
    1:15 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    i mean just like LAST year

  7. weareKENTUCKY
    1:15 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    We all know he is going to be a major contributor next season! But my question is, Does he start?

  8. SexnNursinHomes
    1:16 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    great post. (hopefully this one won’t get deleted)

    Lamb will be a factor ALL season long, it won’t be until the end of the year that other teams start focusing on him. by that time he will have amassed a season long full of great ass statistics.

  9. weareKENTUCKY
    1:18 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Honestly, i think he does. but where do you put miller/Gilchrist?

  10. tyrus
    1:18 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    7# agree. Starting or not, his minutes played would be the same.

  11. catcrawler
    1:19 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will probably average 4 threes per game, he’ll greatly benefit from the Dominican Team and NBA players coming to Lex this summer. He’ll be a leader this year.

  12. I Shoot 4s
    1:20 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will be a stud. He will start at the 2, and be our back-up pg. He will be a HUGE piece of the puzzle, and I fully expect him or Terrence to lead us in scoring.

  13. chad
    1:21 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    can you say Ray Allen and the Boston Celtics, that is who the Cats will resemble next year.

  14. Sethicus59
    1:23 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I think what people dont understand is with the versatility that Kentucky will have next year I dont think there will be a set starting 5 outside of Jones and Teauge. Big man to man team, we roll with the really athletic dribble drive guys, a zone team, youll see the shooters start. Plus with the added benefit of daniel orton, cal proved that if youre on a good team, you dont have to be a starter to be drafted, so, I dont think it matters who starts.

  15. Appalachian Wonder
    1:24 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink


  16. knightynight
    1:24 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    these are good problems to have….enough said.

  17. The Vig
    1:32 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    The only thing holding lamb back is his willingness to sacrifice himself for defense (and the impact that energy expenditure will have on his shot late in the game).

    If he gets his fitness fixed through proper lifestyle choices (off the court and the off season) BY taking a page out of Deandre Liggins book, “Bust My Ass For The Nuggets” then he’ll be…

    1. Starting SG
    2. Average 15+ PPG
    3. Be the guy who takes the final shot in clutch situations
    4. Have complementary pedicures in the Joe Bolognas catering van

  18. KSR Spy
    1:46 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with the posts about alternating rotations. The great thing about next years team (especially if we get 1 more big body) is that we will be a matchup nightmare for every single team in the nation. We can go big, we can go “small”/fast, we can go zone breaker, or we can go dribble drive or 1on1 mismatch. Next years team is going to be amazing and likely the best team we will see at Kentucky in a long, long time (Team not individual player) If next years team doesn’t go undefeated…no team will. The UK/UNC game will be the national championship next year.

    Plus just think of all the summer training from a HUGE lineup of NBA Studs. They will spend summer playing against the best. I think you will see this team be very much more prepared at the beginning of the season (moreso than last 2 years teams) because of that and the experience coming back.

  19. hersheyisabear
    1:46 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I really don’t think it matters if he starts or not. He will be the most versatile player on the court. I cant begin to tell you how excited I am to see this team play.

  20. yesterdays
    1:49 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I dont really care if Lamb starts or not. He’ll play alot of minutes, second only to Teague. He is the back-up PG and will probably be our best pure scorer. I think we will most likely put the ball in his hands when we need a bucket.

  21. knightynight
    1:57 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    can’t wait for next season to begin!!!

  22. invisibleink
    1:57 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    cold blooded shooter … the kind a gus johnson-type will coin a new phrase about … three-gogglin’ fool … calbert chaney redux except in the right uniform

  23. TreyDay
    1:58 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I agree with 14 & 18. There won’t be a set starting 5 like we are accustomed to. We have so much talent that the spots will truly have to be earned and we can adjust dramatically based on the other team we are playing. The only lock I think to start every game is Jones at this point.

  24. Teen Wolf, Too
    2:01 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    One word: Buckets.

  25. BlackStrapMolasses
    2:04 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    This winter is gonna be wet cuz Lamb is gonna rain, rain, rain.

  26. CadizCat
    2:06 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    The Silent Assassin!

  27. BNasty25
    2:10 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb’s official role on the team: Sniper

  28. Go Deep
    2:15 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will be a stud. Is it possible that we could have all five of the SEC All Conference awards, maybe all six if you add the sixth man award?

  29. invisibleink
    2:17 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink


  30. Don
    2:27 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Kid is a beast, and has all of the shots in his arsenal. Cal loves a shooter/scorer, and there’s absolutely zero way he doesn’t start the 2-G.

    He’ll be relied on quite a bit to help with the PG duties as well, so…


  31. ryan
    2:28 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will rain threes, and hit mid-range floaters. He will be unguardable with the rest of the talent on the floor.

  32. Twitter Account Denied
    2:28 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb WILL START NEXT YEAR PEOPLE. He will be the zone buster and probably lead the team in points and 3’s.

  33. Reynolds Wrap
    2:34 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    The better player will start so Lamb gets the nod at the 2.

  34. Manbearpig
    2:35 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will come off the bench starting the season unless his D steps up. By the end of the season who knows, either way the man is going to get his minutes and will be effective.

  35. PillowTalk
    2:39 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    If Lamb doesnt start next year, we will be doing Cal would be doing him and the team a dis-service.

    Lamb is better than Miller. Period.

    The only thing Miller had over him last year was experience. But Lamb is Vet now, plus lets not act like Miller plays with tremendous poise or anything.

  36. no
    2:56 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    despite cal saying he prefers talent over experience, the freshman will have to prove themselves coming in (our returners are talented and proven)


    but how could gilchrist not start?? seems implausible, but somebody has to come off the bench

    I still suspect all 6 of the great players will get major minutes; the starting lineup will often be different

  37. Incalwetrust
    3:03 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I see Lamb playing a similar role as Jason Terry plays for Dallas. Against certain teams he will Kill on offense. Against others he will need to shine on defense. Just another piece of Kentucky’s complete package.

  38. JBR
    3:06 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will not only start, but be the floor leader of this team…without question. He is a baller and he is a leader…he will do what Miller should have done this year.

  39. kyrobman
    3:07 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb will start and be a stud. I think that if others on the floor have a bad night he could possibly go for 50+. I think that will be tough with all the talent though, that’s why I say on a night where others are off. The cream will rise to the top.

  40. kyrobman
    3:08 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Even the 6th man will be a top 10 draft pick next year.

  41. TheColoradoWildCat
    3:11 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Hey guys….why do we worry so much about who will be starting, when the score is zero, zero? Uh?

    The most important time is ALWAYS the end of the game, when it is on the line. Starters do not win games, finishers win games.

    Except, maybe this year our starters will have the game in hand in the first few minutes.

    That said, if the game is on the line, Lamb will be on the floor.

  42. cdc_uky
    3:18 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb played well as the 6th man last year. He may be there again and still get major minutes. I think he starts and Miller comes off the bench but we’ll see. Miller is not better and will not be as consistent.

  43. Bwtie
    3:27 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    NCAA version of Jason Terry.

    Coldblooded 6th man who can play both guard positions, slash, create, and shoot the three.

    X factor in every game

  44. Bwtie
    3:27 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    cdc_uky you beat me to it

  45. WestKyUKFan
    3:41 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Who starts is not as important as who finishes….and Doron Lamb is a finisher.

  46. Yo
    3:50 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    he may not start but he’ll get starter’s minutes if he ends up coming off the bench. and just like last season he’ll produce. he’s the best pure shooter on the team and we’ll see him shoot at least 40 percent from behind the arc. and you’re right, wouldn’t be so surprising to see him throw up 50 percent of made shots behind the three line. i can see lamb, jones, davis, gilchrist, teague, and miller all averaging double digit points per game, some at 10 ppg and maybe the highest at 16 ppg. and this gets me excited (sexually). i can see UK averaging easily over 70 ppg and as long as they can maintain their wits every game on defense can hold their opponents to somewhere below 60 ppg. we have some great tests this year though with UNC, Kansas, and several other solid teams that may crush our hopes for an undefeated season. but this team will finish the season with solid “per game” stats.

  47. Wildcat Willie says
    4:03 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will start unless he gets hurt. As Cawood would say, write it down.

  48. big v
    4:04 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    He will lead us in scoring next year. He is a kid who can shoot and will get plenty of oppurtunities with the talent he will have around him. When teams zone us and try to collpase inside on us, it will be Doron to the rescue.It will be like Tony Delk type of role.

  49. JJones
    4:06 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    people forget that miller shot 44% from 3 last year and is definitely a good enough shooter to play the 2. Lamb is a better 3pt shooter but he will not start because he will most likely back up teague and therefore it wouldn’t be smart to start them both. He will still get major minutes but when teague is taking a breather look for lamb to run the pick n pop with wiltjer similar to what we did with jorts last year, and with miller starting at the 2 that just adds more length to the starting rotation.

  50. Marcus L. Owens
    4:10 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    The 2011-12 team some what resembles the 1995-96 team to me, a little bit.

    Teague / Turner – Teague like Turner arrives for his freshman year as a 5 star rated PG with a questionable jump shots but undoubted talent and ability. Everybody know Anthony Epps was the starting PG for the Untouchables but Turner did play some. Teague wont have to beat out an upperclassman for PT like Wayne but both were/are highly touted PG prospects.

    Lamb / Delk – Lamb like Delk in 1995-96 is the best shooter on a team with NC aspirations. Both can play a little PG and are above average defenders. Lets hope DL season can end like Tony’s; All American honors and Final 4 MVP.

    Miller / Anderson – Both can play guard and small forward and neither were or will be the #1 option. Both are athletic with good size and handles. Anderson is a better athlete but Miller is probably a better shooter. Having a player like Darius Miller as your 3rd options shows how talented this team is. Miller’s role is a lot like Anderson’s was; consistently make positive plays to help a Championship level team win.

    Jones / Walker – Just like Antoine Walker in 1995-96 Jones is returning for his Sophomore season. Walker started at 4 like we expect Jones to this year, Walker provided the post presence for an otherwise undersized frontline similar to the one we can expect this year. Walker bolted after winning the NC just like we expect T. Jones to.

    Gilcrest / Mercer – Much different players but similar in size and expectation. Mercer was a top 5 recruit just like Gilcrest and both have/ had the expectation of contributing BIG immediately. Mercer was up and down but did score 20 points in the NC game vs Syracuse. Gilcrest may have a greater impact bc he can do more but both are/ were considered 6 foot 7 inch elite athletes.

    Davis / McCarty – These two 6 foot 10 inch rail thin F/C’s both have/ had guard skills. McCarty was entering his senior in 1995-96 and was the defensive catalysis for that team. Davis is a only a freshmen but is expected to play the same role and is one of the main reasons this year’s team may be able to press more. Remember McCarty at the head of the press pressuring the inbounder? Davis can do the same thing as well as block shots, run the court, and finish above the rim just like Walter.

    Wiltjer / Pope

    Hood / Shepard

    Vargas / Muhamadd

    Poole / Edwards

    **No one to compare to Anthony Epps, sorry.

  51. jesco white
    4:25 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Mark it down, Jesco White says that Lamb will be an All American this year. I cant believe GOCATS doesnt have him starting. Are you serious dude?

  52. brody
    4:26 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    no way miller starts with talent we have…. wont start over M.G,lamb,jones he is just to soft period.

  53. Marcus L. Owens
    4:36 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Go big blue.

  54. PillowTalk
    4:47 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    #50 “Vargas / Muhamadd” ???

  55. Marcus L. Owens
    4:51 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb 1st team All American.

  56. Marcus L. Owens
    4:59 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    No way Miller over Lamb or gilcrest

  57. deandre
    5:18 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    miller will start over gilchrist. much better shooter. plus, having a guy like gilchrist bringing that type of energy off the bench will be ridiculous. he will be able to spell any of the five guys on the court as the first player off the bench and it will be the sweet.

    if either hood or poole can provide a solid 10-15 minutes a game we will be able to run and press all game and dominate. championship.

  58. Rob Schrader
    5:43 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I do not understand the obsession with Disapperius Miller. He has had his chance and has been a let down. He had a good SEC tourney but where was he during the Big Dance? Lamb was out there drilling 3’s and bringing us back in the game. People overestimate Miller’s abilities and underestimate Gilchrist’s. Gilchrist was the number one player in the country for a very long time before Austin Rivers and Anthony Davis came around. He will start. He will be the 2nd best player on the team behind Davis.

  59. BB Junkie
    6:29 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    This team like all other Uk Calapari teams before, will be chalk full of talented long lean athletes, but more youthful than last years team. Loosing Harrelson and Liggins takes away from a team that played 1 senoir 2 juniors and 3 freshman. Next year will be 1 senior 2 sophmores and 4 freshman. Miller will need to play a leadership role next year and that is why I think Calapari will start him most of the big games… Like North Carolina, Kanas,, ect…

    Bottom line: How good is this new crop? Best Class UK has ever signed !! Thats right.. I sad it.. BEST CLASS EVER SIGNED !! UK will stuggle some early, but only in November and December, then the run will begin and I think we will go undefeated in the SEC ..

    Go Cats

  60. Iwearmybluesunglassesatnight
    6:36 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    I’m excited! Can’t wait!

  61. catfan68
    10:53 pm June 6, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb is awesome

  62. jmfatz47
    12:31 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    Lamb may lead the sec in scoring. He’s that good

  63. wharp88
    7:13 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    I believe his starting or not and minutes played will depend on his defense. With the loaded deck of new guys a scoring, smart defensive player will stand out.

  64. Marcus L. Owens
    8:53 am June 7, 2011 Permalink


  65. Lou eaton
    9:02 am June 7, 2011 Permalink

    Lots of starting combos early on but realistically Gilchrist, Davis, Jones, Teague and Lamb will be THE five starters by SEC time if not before … Gilchrist will be best all around player and the most important piece on this team and ultimately will become the No. 1 player for draft time unless Davis becomes the next Bill Russel which I believe he has the potential to reach…