In 2011-12, Kentucky returned 3 key, high production players from the previous season. It’s the only time in the Calipari tenure that has happened. Certainly there have been other seasons where he has returned 3 or more players, but none with the experience and talent that Jones, Lamb, and Miller brought to the table that season. But next year, Kentucky might be taking it to a whole different level. If everyone available to come back does, Kentucky will return 5 key players from last season, not including Marcus Lee or Dominique Hawkins, who both had bright spots during the NCAA Tournament.
But for total production returning (or possibly returning), just how experienced could UK be next season compared to Calipari’s other 5 teams? Take a look at what percentage of points, rebounds, steals, assists, and blocks returned that season from the previous year. And then look at what next season would look like if the Harrisons, Johnson, and Poythress all return.
2009-10 (Patterson, Miller, Liggins, Harris, Stevenson, Harrellson, Krebs)
2010-11 (Miller, Liggins, Harrellson, Hood)
2011-12 (Miller, Lamb, Jones, Vargas, Polson, Hood)
2012-13 (Wiltjer, Polson, Hood, Beckham, Malone, Long, Lanter)
2013-14 (Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Polson, Hood, Malone, Long, Lanter)
2014-15 (An Harrison, Aa Harrison, Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Johnson, Lee, Willis, Hawkins, Floreal, Malone, Long, Lanter)
Points: 59.2% (highest in Cal tenure)
Rebounds: 54.3% (2nd highest in Cal tenure)
Steals: 71.4% (highest in Cal tenure)
Assists: 67.2% (highest in Cal tenure)
Blocks: 82.6% (2nd highest in Cal tenure)