Usually at this point in the offseason, next year’s basketball roster is crystallized, and the BBN at large can analyze the future team’s potential. This year remains an exception: Reid Travis’ prospective transfer to UK remains a possibility, and up until yesterday, Ashton Hagans’ reclassification was uncertain (even if we all basically knew he was bound to join an already deep 2018 Wildcat squad).
Now that 2018’s backcourt has been solidified, we can say with confidence that UK’s backcourt will be as good or better than any other in the nation.
Three former 5 star point guards will make up the backbone of the Wildcats’ lineup, opening Coach Cal up to a very flexible roster. Expect to see 3 guards on the floor fairly often next season, and don’t expect to see a winded PG gasping for breath very often.
Quade Green will supply the “veteran” and vocal leadership, following in the footsteps of the player he was so often compared to leading into last year, Tyler Ulis. While he is not the athletic specimen that his two freshmen counterparts are, he is already an exceptional offensive floor general, and his defense will improve alongside his growing athleticism.
Then there are the young guns. Immanuel Quickley is a combo point guard who can serve as either the coordinator of the offense or as a potential scoring weapon. His versatility will earn him minutes playing alongside pretty much every other Cat next year.
Hagans will underscore the offense as an exceptional athlete who can score almost at will. Sure, he can run the offense when needed, but more than any other of Cal’s guards next year, he will be able to create and improvise, constructing points where the drawn up offense may not be producing them.
If you’ve forgotten just how spectacular Hagans will be in blue, here’s a reminder:
Get hype, BBN.