We have televised basketball in August so there is only one reasonable thing to do. Hyperbole! All 10 Cats impressed in today’s game so let’s make some grand pronouncements for the upcoming year and beyond.
1. Alex Poythress Will Have a Breakout Year
Without Alex Poythress Kentucky would have never made it to last year’s title game. Practice reports from the summer indicated he was a new player. Still, many were hesitant to buy in that POY had turned the corner. That is until today. Alex finished with 10 and 6 and some crazy athletic plays which saw him spending more time soaring through the air than he was on the ground. In 22 minutes of action there was no real time that he sank back and disappeared. It’s time to pronounce that it’s a new day for Alex Poythress and the rest of college basketball has been warned.
2. The Harrisons Will Be Basketball’s Most Improved
Ladies and Gentleman we now have the Harrison twins we thought we were getting last season. Today they executed with efficiency, shooting a combined 7 of 14. Aaron was the scoring machine as he drilled 6 of 10. Andrew dished out four assists. The duo are the stone cold killers that we saw during last year’s NCAA tournament. Then they have seemingly endless depth with Hawkins, Booker, and Ulis coming off the bench. It’s unbelievable. Speaking of Ulis…
3. Tyler Ulis Will Break Rondo’s Steals Record
Tyler, the creator blew everybody on twitter away today with his scrappy play and great passing. He finished with 5 assists, 2 turnovers, and 2 steals in just 18 minutes of action. My pronouncement for Ulis is that at some point before his Kentucky career is over he will break Rondo’s 87 steals record. Ulis was getting it done on both ends of the court and he’s likely to be wreaking havoc likely the next four years. At just 18 years old, the kid is only going to get better, faster, and more dangerous. If today was any indication Ulis will go down in UK history as one of the most beloved wildcats.
4. Time For Nine
Okay it’s a bit too early to say anything about the Cats raising banner number nine but it’s hard to imagine anyone taking down this team. Foul trouble will not be an issue for this team. Fatigue? Non-existent. Kentucky may lose a few games this season but they will only do so by beating themselves a la 2010 and 2012. Buckle up folks, it’s going to be a fun year.
What grand pronouncements are you ready to make following just a glimpse of this year’s team?