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BY THE NUMBERS: Kentucky must replace record amount of production

With EJ Montgomery officially staying in the draft, eight members of the 2019-20 Kentucky team are gone. Keion Brooks and Dontaie Allen are the only returning players on scholarship, and although John Calipari added one grad transfer to the roster already in Davion Mintz and has another No. 1 recruiting class coming in, this could be his biggest rebuilding job of all.

As first noted by Chris Fisher, the production Kentucky is losing is staggering:

  • Players: 8 (Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, Kahlil Whitney, Johnny Juzang, Nate Sestina)
  • Starters: 5 (Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery)
  • Minutes: 92.4%
  • Points: 94.0%
  • Rebounds: 84.4%
  • Assists: 98.8%
  • Steals: 92.0%
  • Blocks: 91.5%

Next year’s squad will be tasked with replacing the highest percentage of points and assists in the Calipari Era; the second highest percentage of minutes and blocks; and the third highest percentage of rebounds and steals. The only other squads that can compare are the 2012-13 team that had to follow the National Champions and the 2017-18 team that followed De’Aaron Fox, Bam Adebayo, and Malik Monk’s run to the Elite Eight. Despite having the No. 1 or No. 2 recruiting classes coming in, the 2013 team went to the NIT (in large part due to Nerlens Noel’s injury) and the 2018 group lost in the Sweet 16.

Here’s a look at the numbers and departures from each season of the Calipari Era:

2009/10 to 2010/119481.6%86.6%87.4%84.6%83.9%86.4%
2010/11 to 2011/123347.8%44.8%51.2%59.1%50.2%38.9%
2011/12 to 2012/137592.9%93.3%94.0%96.2%96.7%95.1%
2012/13 to 2013/146567.5%68.8%59.9%80.5%72.4%64.5%
2013/14 to 2014/154235.4%40.7%38.1%32.7%28.6%17.4%
2014/15 to 2015/1610578.1%85.9%77.3%69.6%78.7%83.2%
2015/16 to 2016/177469.1%75.8%62.5%72.3%68.4%76.8%
2016/17 to 2017/188488.4%92.6%76.6%94.7%94.3%76.5%
2017/18 to 2018/198366.9%68.0%63.5%67.7%79.8%63.6%
2018/19 to 2019/207361.1%70.2%62.5%50.7%51.8%48.9%
2019/20 to 2020/218592.4%94.0%84.4%98.8%92.0%91.5%

2009-10 Departures:

John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton, Perry Stevenson, Darnell Dodson, Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs

2010-11 Departures:

Brandon Knight, DeAndre Liggins, Josh Harrellson

2011-12 Departures:

Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Marquis Teague, Darius Miller, Eloy Vargas

2012-13 Departures:

Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin, Kyle Wiltjer, Julius Mays, Twany Beckham, Ryan Harrow

2013-14 Departures:

Julius Randle, James Young, Jarrod Polson, Jon Hood

2014-15 Departures:

Devin Booker, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Karl-Anthony Towns, Willie Cauley-Stein, Dakari Johnson, Trey Lyles, Sam Malone, Tod Lanter, Brian Long

2015-16 Departures:

Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere, Tyler Ulis, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Charles Matthews, EJ Floreal

2016-17 Departures:

De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Bam Adebayo, Isaiah Briscoe, Isaac Humphries, Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder

2017-18 Departures:

Kevin Knox, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, Jarred Vanderbilt, Wenyen Gabriel, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard, Dillon Pulliam

2018-19 Departures:

PJ Washington, Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson, Reid Travis, Quade Green (mid-year), Jemarl Baker, Brad Calipari, Jonny David

2019-20 Departures:

Tyrese Maxey, Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Nick Richards, EJ Montgomery, Kahlil Whitney (mid-year), Johnny Juzang, Nate Sestina


Let’s watch some highlights of next year’s recruiting class to try to feel better.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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21 Comments for BY THE NUMBERS: Kentucky must replace record amount of production

  1. bosch8184
    3:10 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Whose ready for a brand new team? 8 guys from Game 1 last year no longer with the team. God damn that is depressing.

    So sick of it.

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      5:05 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Was the blasphemy necessary?

    • Bluehender
      6:55 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      bosch, you sound like a perfect candidate to be a Louisville fan. Go ahead and step on over…

    • Ben27
      8:36 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

      The worst part is that with no summer school, all our new players will not have their normal time to get used to playing together! I hope we can have a season this year. With these politicians, you never know!

  2. dave1964
    3:14 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Look let’s not sugar coat this we have one returning bench player that did very little last season and Allen that who knows has even recovered from injuries. So we have a total rebuild if we don’t get atleast two bigs stick a fork in next season as well.

    • Bluehender
      6:56 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Mr Gloom and Doom..right there ^^^

  3. ChetSteadmansSalisburySteak
    3:25 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone complaining about having to watch a whole new team…folks, their may not even be a SEASON to watch.

  4. runningunnin.454
    3:27 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Let’s hope our guys are thinking that if there is no season next year, they might as well go now. If not, then we have a disease even more virulent and insidious than Covid-19.

  5. Headhurts
    3:37 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Everybody’s saying next years draft is much stronger than this years draft, so let’s wait and see who sticks around next season using that same philosophy.

  6. VirginiaCat
    3:46 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Thank you for compiling the stats. It’s clear that there is a s correlation between success and retention of players, which does not portend well for next season. I can understand when first round prospects cash out, but we now have second round players declaring for the draft…and one who may soon declare even though he is not included in the top 100 prospects. That doesn’t include transfers. One take away is that top recruiting classes are mostly for show unless you can keep some players around for longer than a cup of coffee.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:15 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Cal took Nick from a lottery pick coming out of HS to a mid 2nd round pick after 3 years. EJ was a probable late 1st rounder out if HS to a might not get drafted after 2 years. That is developing talent right there. You all do know Cal has had way more players get drafted lower than their projected HS draft rating then he has increased players. Just another fact for all you Cal develops like no other coach. NO coach develops a FR in the short time they have them.

  7. loosey101
    3:55 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Unbelievable. I don’t care who we bring in, it ain’t looking good for next year.

    If Cal gets the team next year to a final four, he better win coach of the year.

    I love Cal and this program, but GD, this is NBAU right here. Dudes that have no business leaving are dipping out.

  8. tmcclan16
    4:32 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Hope this class is the real deal because they don’t have any big guys and very few of anything else

    • Tom Bombadil
      6:37 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Waaaaa waaaaa ….same ol bums crying each and everyday! Blaspheming the Lord’s name and letting fear eat you alive! Man up fellas!! Cals working on a 3 star for ya…stfu! Grow balls once in your life and plz stop crying! Kentucky flat out has Ballers coming in next year! Face the music its a new generation! A new age. Get over your trepidations! Live a little
      GO CATS!

    • just a guy
      11:22 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      Hagans refuses to go into a game, Brooks talks about tension, then they all hit the road. I think Cals turd is showing thru the shine. This isn’t a “new generation”!! No other school is losing 8 players a year and trying every year to build an entirely new roster. None.

    • mashburnfan1
      9:09 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      The problemTom is that we have no idea what these ballers as you call them can do. Many more great HS players have limited impact their FR college season than dominate. Once again we have no title shot. Classic rinse and repeat. Problem is now we are doing this and not even dominating that all important draft day. We will have 1 first rounder and maybe 3 drafted in second round. No team relying on FR will win a title. Even if our FR all exceed their expectations, and that never happens, a title can’t be won. Is the new UK, Draft day is the most important day for our program. Can’t wait till the 2 year rule starts, maybe things will change.

  9. Looother
    5:17 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    It’ll be a long season for the Cats, if we even have one…

  10. Righteous1
    5:31 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Where are the members of the Cal Lovers Wolfpack that give the “Ambassador” their undying support?

    • Bluehender
      7:00 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

      We’ll be fine dip$hit. I remember you crying early on and it turned into a decent season. You’re on of em that just likes to cry. So go ahead and whine a little

  11. blueNtheFace
    10:25 pm April 15, 2020 Permalink

    Transfers are the new stars and one more good one could help us be a little less bare in the cupboard. We will be fine! Always a fun ride!!

  12. kurofmi
    7:13 am April 16, 2020 Permalink

    It’s simple. Players first. Banners parenthetical. We’re now branded as an NBA fast track organization. HS players ONLY come to move forward in year 2. None care about the name on the Front of the Jersey. Well now…lol. Ain’t it nice being part of a social experiment to bring multigenerational wealth to 19 year olds? I for one miss the Good ol Days. Oh…btw…most of us get rich slowly…lots of books written on it. Check it out.