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?