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Grading The Starting 5, Thus Far

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Chet White | UkAthletics

School is back in session so it’s time to hand out some grades with just one game remaining on the Bahamas tour. Here’s how I rate the starting 5 with the next group to come later this week:

Andrew Harrison: B+

Andrew has brought back the consistency he found at the end of last season and has done a great job of running the offense in the Bluhamas. He’s dished out at least 26 assists over the first 6 games with some dazzling passes we rarely saw last season. He’s broken ankles with impressive moves getting to the basket. He had the play of the tour today with his behind the back dish to Dakari Johnson for the jam. The only knock against his play would be the amount of missed jumpers but it’s August and he’s got a lot of time to knock it down.

Aaron Harrison: A

Aaron Harrison has scored 17, 5, 9, 12, and 13 to show he hasn’t missed a beat from the end of last season. If Aaron is open you know his shot is going in and could challenge Doron’s percentage record this season. The Harrison twins have become all business for their second year and look to be ready to take this team to the next level. It’s the Harrison’s team and they look to be the only guys with playing time already locked up.


Devin Booker: C+

Booker had a nice game today but he’s struggled to find his shot in the four games prior. Still his game has demonstrated a lot of positives and he should grow into a great weapon by next season. He has played great defense that forced turnovers, made some shots that few others could pull off, and made some nice passes to his teammates that showcase why he was an all-american. Booker may be a little behind the other guys but you can see he has all the tools that will allow him to be a major player in the blue and white.

Alex Poythress: A

Poythress’ play had earned an A+ until he threw in a bit of a clunker today. Poythress has transformed into the beast we all saw lurking below the surface while leading the Bahamas tour in scoring. Perhaps today four straight games of beast mode got the better of him but he has demonstrated he is worthy of the three spot for this upcoming year. His rebounding alone make it hard to keep him off the court but if he’s scoring and finding open teammates as well then just watch out.

Dakari Johnson: B

Dakari hasn’t played bad in any of these Bahamas games but he hasn’t shown that he’s made drastic improvements to his game either. Dakari can score on the block with ease but he has still walked a few times like we saw all during last season. His leaner frame has helped him get up and down the floor with more ease but I worry could get lost in the shuffle. With Karl Towns being a revelation on this trip and WCS ready to return Johnson could be fighting to find significant minutes this year. That’s a bit concerning considering how instrumental the big fella was to last year’s run.

What grades do you give the starting 5 with just one game remaining on the summer tour?


Article written by Andrew Cassady

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19 Comments for Grading The Starting 5, Thus Far

  1. Over Reactor
    5:33 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Slice sure did a lousy coaching job today, huh?

  2. jimmy
    5:35 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    They all get an A+ in my book.

  3. Nick
    5:45 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    This is a garbage post

  4. Hicks
    5:49 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Can’t say I agree about Dakari. I feel like his improvements are the most noticeable.

  5. Derp
    5:51 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew Cassady’s writing ability- D-
    Value of Andrew Cassady’s opinion- F

  6. ukfan
    6:15 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    You guys royally piss me off! Because Alex played an AVERAGE game today you call it a clunker and give him an A-? He has been outstanding this entire trip and was the best player on the team. He’s not freaking Lebron James and even Lebron has 8-10 point games every now and then. With a team that has many scoring options as this one does you can’t expect him or anyone else for that matter to throw up huge numbers every night, my god am A-? You get an F for this post.

    • Luther
      2:12 pm August 17, 2014 Permalink

      Just for the record, Alpo got an A, NOT an A-…

      ukfan, you get an F for not being able to read…

  7. bigbluetruth
    6:15 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    If this is all Andrew Cassady knows about basketball thank God he’s not our coach. Johnson and Andrew is 1 million miles ahead of last year. You would almost think this post was written by a LOSERVILLE TURD fan. What an idiot.

  8. CatsRUS
    6:35 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    We will see physical teams in the SEC, LSU, GA. Alex is one who will need to adjust to muscular guys blocking him out.
    Ullis sealed the victory.

  9. cattastic
    6:45 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Big fan of Marcus Lee, and glad he is playing so well in the Bahamas…………but not a fan of the cheap elbow he gave today. He did the same thing in the NCAA tourney. Starting to see a pattern here.

  10. ukstu96
    6:53 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew H. — A
    Aaron H. — A
    Booker. — B+
    Poythress. — A++
    Johnson. — A+

    What i have seen thus far is amazing. I’m really pleased with our team at this stage and folks its only August. I see improvements from the twins as well as Johnson and Poythress! Go big Blue!!

  11. js2
    7:52 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Horrible post. Did you actually watch the games?

  12. Casper
    8:30 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    so the starters scored 44.6 per game and the second half starters scored 36 per game. what about scoring defense? where will WCS and Lyles fit in? i hope Cal continues this two platoon system.

  13. Bob
    10:55 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky is an much better team at this point than last year . In all honesty as an team which is what this group is this year an C Plus would be an fair grade . I don’t like the player by player grades because there an team playing team ball . An C Plus is an great grade for them this early last year in Dec. they were an D min. If they had the other 2 players maybe an B min .

    • ukfan
      11:26 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

      Only you and Andrew Cassady would grade a college team who’s gone undefeated in 5 straight games against professionals with a C. Maybe you are Andrew, either way you both dumb.

    • What?
      7:59 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

      An your dumb!

    • Cats R Us
      8:56 am August 17, 2014 Permalink

      I agree with the statement that this team is better than last year. Don’t get down on them if they slip up early in the SEC for they are still a very young team. I saw some shying away from physical contact yesterday and that won’t be cured overnight. But bet on it, it will be cured by NCAA Tourney time.

      Thus saith a Wildcat fan since 1957. We will be saying “Cats gone wild”.
      Here is a list of great players I have witnessed over the years.
      1957 Vern Hatton, Johnny Cox, Adrian Smith led the way beating a fine SF team highlighted by Elgin Baylor.
      1961 Cotton Nash, Larry Pursiful, Billy Ray Lickert
      1962 63 Cotton again, Scotty Baesler
      1966 67 Rupps Runts: Riley, Dampier, Conley, Kron, Jaracz (sp)
      1968 Pratt, Issel, Casey
      1972 -1975: Kevin Grevey our man from Hamiltucky Ohio. This was the year great Black players made a huge impact (Tom Payne was before them) . Goose Givens, Larry Johnson.
      1975-1978: Goose, Robey, Philips, et l brought us # 5. Most gratifying final game beating Duke. That followed beating Notre Dame and Digger.
      That’s enough. Just a sample.

  14. Sully
    11:57 pm August 16, 2014 Permalink

    Hard to imagine a more pointless and ego-driven post than this. Always bad when writers start giving grades to athletes. Doubly bad when the players are college kids. Worse still when some of them are literally days into their college careers. Watch the games, Andrew, but leave the coaching and evaluations to the coaches.

  15. BluKudzu
    12:13 pm August 17, 2014 Permalink

    Ballsy post, grading these kids in summer scrimmages. I doubt I would grade anyone’s performance, as my knowledge and skill level of the game is much lower than these kids. It is an uneducated opinion I offer, and it is nothing more than an opinion, but, these guys are undefeated, they seem to be mentally tough, and they are doing all the things necessary to prepare themselves for the season ahead.

    I like what I see, and from what I have seen, this team has the potential to be one of the best this season, perhaps one of the best ever at UK. Having the history UK has, I think that is saying something.

    Hard to give a C to anyone in an undefeated TEAM.

    Just sayin’