Mike Huguenin of Yahoo Sports took a look at the landscape of SEC basketball next season and compiled a list of the Top Newcomers for next season. It should come as no surprise that a few young Wildcats made the list. Surprisingly, a few others did not make the cut.
Ryan Harrow came in at #4 on the list, while Alex Poythress and Nerlens Noel checked in at #2 and #1 respectively. Kentucky was the only team with 3 players on the list, with the newly added Missouri Tigers close behind with 2 players (Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross) making the list. Missing from the list was Archie Goodwin, who figures to be another impact freshmen for Kentucky next year in the SEC. No need to be diplomatic, Yahoo.
“With NCSU, he showed good quickness and athleticism. He is expected to start at point guard for the Wildcats next season but will be a different type of point man than Kentucky has employed of late. He is not as physical, and one of the bigger stories of the season will be how he is utilized in UK’s dribble-drive offense.”
“The explosive Poythress is a big-time athlete and runs the floor extremely well for a big man. He possess as 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.”
“Noel is a defensive difference-maker. While he lacks bulk, he is athletic and already has advanced shot-blocking skills. His offense is raw, but his defense and rebounding make up for that.”
To read the entire Yahoo Sports list of Top SEC Newcomers, click here.