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Yahoo! All-Freshman team

It’s no surprise that Kentucky shattered the mold of “experience wins titles” a season ago, when a star-studded lineup of freshman plowed their way through the NCAA tournament en route to a championship. But Calipari seems to have affirmed the notion that one-and-done’s can win.

Yahoo! Sports put together a pre-season All-Freshman team for next season, and Kentucky landed two players on the roster. One thing to note: This isn’t the 12 best freshmen in the class, rather a team that is built and could compete well together. Take a look at the full article, and read the buzz for each player.

Starting lineup:

PG Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell (Indiana)
SG Ricardo Ledo (Providence)
SF Shabazz Muhammad (UCLA)
PF Mitch McGary (Michigan)
C Nerlens Noel (Kentucky)

The NCAA is investigating Noel’s background, specifically his ties with two men from the Boston area, where he grew up. Regardless of the inquiry, Noel is a defensive difference-maker. While he lacks bulk, he is athletic and already has advanced shot-blocking techniques. His offense remains somewhat raw, but his defense and rebounding make up for that. Noel reclassified as a senior during the school year.


PG Marcus Paige (North Carolina)
SG Rodney Purvis (NC State)
SG Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State)
G/F Kyle Anderson (UCLA)
SF Winston Shepard (San Diego State)
PF Alex Poythress (Kentucky)

UK famously lost its top six players from its national title team, meaning Pothyress should slide right into the starting power forward role left vacant by Terrence Jones. He is athletic and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. He handles the ball well, and possesses a solid all-around offensive game; he can hit the 15-footer and also can put the ball on the floor and slash to the rim. He puts his athleticism to good use on the defensive end as well.

C Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga)

Do you think that starting five could compete with any team in America? As much as it hurts to admit, Yogi Ferrell is the real deal and will be a stud for the Hoosiers. With him distributing to Noel in the paint, and Muhammad on the wing, there’s a ton of athleticism that most teams simply couldn’t stop.

One player that’s not a real dramatic pick is Mitch McGary, the former Kentucky recruit. His ranking stock plummeted with a mediocre season for Brewster Academy, most notably by his lack of ability to score. However, with so many players on this team already that can score, having a big body like McGary’s might not be a bad thing.

Article written by Stuart Hammer

B.S. Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kentucky. @StuartHammerKSR

17 Comments for Yahoo! All-Freshman team

  1. Yeah
    1:03 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

  2. David Elswick
    1:13 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Alex Poythress may end up as the best player of the whole bunch. I know a lot of people will automatically reject the thought, but Poythress will likely be Kentucky’s best player this year.

  3. Hicks
    1:18 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    If I had to win a game my starting 5 from the 2012 class would be Anderson, Bazz, Poythress, Bennett and Noel. Bench: Purvis, Smart, Goodwin, Austin, Tarczewski

  4. emlang08
    1:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is a Replica of Kidd-Gilchrist, Goodwin will replace Lamb Nicely, Noel = Davis, now we will severely miss the 6’8″ senior leadership and flashes of brilliance from Jones, but Harrell or Amile could patch that up nicely!

  5. emlang08
    1:25 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    Noel lacks Bulk?!?!?

  6. WHERE IS ARCHIE????!!
    1:29 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    WHERE IS ARCHIE????!!!! Bench at worst. This is so biased against UK

  7. Bobby Knight's Red Nose
    1:34 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    McGary over Poythress is a joke. Who are these people that put together these teams?

  8. robbed
    1:42 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    No Goodwin??? The kid is a beast!

  9. David Elswick
    1:57 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    7 – Agreed. I’ll take Poythress between the 2 all day!

  10. Question
    1:59 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    off topic, is KSR not making fun of Louisville’s new walk-on “Dark Slime” bc of the Michael Bradley news? I don’t think there’s ever a bad time to make fun of L’ville, and Dark Slime seems like an easy target.

  11. Richie Farmer's VCR
    2:03 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    The writer of the article graduated from the university of Florida. Just another jealous writer taking shots at the big blue machine.

  12. Blueballn
    2:10 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    #2 I agree ive been saying that for months!!

  13. Smyrna_Cat
    2:21 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    What? No mention of the inquiry associated with Bazz? Whats up with that? Did they decide that since he didn’t come to UK that no inquiry was necessary?

    What a great example of a biased article. And imbedding the Forde article? Why is it there?

  14. jus sayin
    2:32 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    How has anybody who has watched Mitch McGary think he’s going to be that productive?

  15. BlueFins
    2:53 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    There was no mention of Peter Jurkin. Is Peter Jurkin off the list because of control issues?

  16. bosshogg24
    4:24 pm May 15, 2012 Permalink

    How do you know Noel is being investigated or are you repeating rumors,

  17. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    5:06 am May 16, 2012 Permalink

    Poythress is a small forward anyway. That’s what he’ll be in the NBA. And yes, he’ll be the leading scorer next year.