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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If everybody comes back, would 2014-15 be Cal’s Most Experienced Team?

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)
Points: 56.7%
Rebounds: 69.7%
Steals: 55.9%
Assists: 60.2%
Blocks: 84.9%

2010-11 (Miller, Liggins, Harrellson, Hood)
Points: 13.4%
Rebounds: 12.6%
Steals: 16.1%
Assists: 15.4%
Blocks: 13.2%

2011-12 (Miller, Lamb, Jones, Vargas, Polson, Hood)
Points: 55.1%
Rebounds: 48.2%
Steals: 49.8%
Assists: 40.7%
Blocks: 61.1%

2012-13 (Wiltjer, Polson, Hood, Beckham, Malone, Long, Lanter)
Points: 6.7%
Rebounds: 5.5%
Steals: 4.6%
Assists: 3.8%
Blocks: 4.9%

2013-14 (Cauley-Stein, Poythress, Polson, Hood, Malone, Long, Lanter)
Points: 31.2%
Rebounds: 29.9%
Steals: 27.6%
Assists: 19.5%
Blocks: 35.6%

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)

Get excited.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

24 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: If everybody comes back, would 2014-15 be Cal’s Most Experienced Team?



  1. Jack
    9:04 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    Randle will be announcing tomorrow during a press conference on his decision. KSR- you’re following behind.



  2. I love it when.....
    9:08 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    Idiots open their mouths…..



    • I love it when.....
      9:11 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      Lookin’ at you, Jack! 😉



  3. KSR Source
    9:08 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    This Just In: KSR Source Says Randle Un-Available to Return to UK



  4. bung
    9:23 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    steals and assists Lol…that would be a high % of very few…



    • snap
      9:38 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      Actual numbers would be a better gauge that percentages.



    • bung
      9:44 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      I agree snap…we were 264th in D1 for assists…69th in scoring and 310th in steals…



  5. LadySkyWalker
    9:32 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    What will the critics and the pundits latch on to if they don’t have one and done?



    • Rixter
      9:43 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      My guess is the 20 year old Marcus Camby agent story will be tossed back into the hater’s vernacular



  6. Duuuuuude
    9:46 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    After last year, Cal said that he would never again be held hostage by not having enough players and competition in practice, but this is getting pretty crazy.



  7. bung
    9:51 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    next year should be fun… a few more assists and fast break baskets would have erased most of those close losses we had…



  8. Musehobo
    10:01 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    BTI, we are all assuming Randle leaves. But you should have placed the words “Assuming Randle leaves” before all of this.



  9. CATS24/7
    10:14 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

    Didn’t Stevenson leave in 2009 prior to Cal coming?



    • DH
      10:48 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      No



    • ukbradstith
      11:20 am April 21, 2014 Permalink

      Nope, but they should have redshirted him and had him on the 2010 team.



  10. UK Fan
    12:28 pm April 21, 2014 Permalink

    This is one huge IF. In fact, crunching those numbers was only slightly more of a waste of time than me commenting.



  11. Mc
    3:02 pm April 21, 2014 Permalink

    Another idea could be a where are they now type post for 2nd round draft picks. There are a few that have panned out, but just looking at the past 10 seasons or so, not many have.