With the college basketball season right around the corner, Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports has five questions about this Kentucky basketball team.
How good is Skal Labissiere?
“Good enough to be the top overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. Good enough to be a first-team All-American as a freshman and lead Kentucky back to the Final Four.”
Is less going to be more?
“Calipari was forced to mix and match lineups last year in an effort to keep players happy due to Kentucky’s overwhelming depth and that made it hard to always put the Wildcats’ best lineups out on the floor.”
Can Tyler Ullis go from table-setter to scorer?
“The 5-9 floor general did a tremendous job of taking care of the ball last season as a freshman and only averaged one turnover every 23.2 minutes. But he’s got to be more aggressive as a scorer this year as a sophomore and it remains to be seen if Ulis can do that on a consistent basis.”
Will Alex Poythress regain his from he shadowed during the summer of 2014?
“The biggest thing that people forgot about last year when Kentucky was 38-0 before falling in the Final Four to Wisconsin was that Poythress was the Wildcats’ best player during a summer trip to the Bahamas prior to last season.”
Who’s the player that could be a factor that nobody’s talking about?
“Charles Matthews. The 6-6 freshman didn’t arrive in Lexington with the same level of hype as Labissiere, Briscoe, or Murray, but that doesn’t mean he’s not capable of having a major impact.”
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