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Kentucky is already the talk of 2014-2015


Gary Parrish, Jeff Borzello and Matt Norlander of got together yesterday to sit down for a podcast discussing the state of college basketball heading into next season following a host of NBA draft decisions over the past week/weekend. The trio of basketball pundits had a lot to say, and not surprisingly– specifically a lot to say about Kentucky. In the 49 minute podcast, nearly half the conversation revolved around Kentucky. Here were a few of the highlights:


“Andrew and Aaron Harrison are going to return to Kentucky. That means that heading into the off-season, there were legitimately 8 NBA prospects that theoretically could have turned pro. … This sounds crazy but they may be more talented than they were last year when they were the pre-season #1 team that played for a national championship. And this year they’re going to have more experience. They won’t have some of the stumbling points. Is there any rational intelligent reason to say anyone else but Kentucky should be pre-season #1?”

“Now, because of the way that run went down– John Calipari will always preach that it’s about the process.”

“They can play more different ways now. They can go quicker and smaller in the back court. They can go big, small, fast, slow.”

“They’re gonna be starting maybe only 1 freshman, and not because they don’t have great freshmen. They’re really experienced, deep and immensely talented. And now Calipari has the ability to shut anyone up in December, January… He can say ‘Are you the same people who were criticizing us last year?’ He’s got a pretty heavy trump card there to play.”

“In theory, it’ll be the most minutes Cal has had to spread around. Balancing all those minutes will be the first challenge those first 6 weeks. Especially in the front court. You’re literally going to have a potential first round draft pick buried somewhere on your bench.”

“You need Poythress at the 3. That’s the biggest thing. Who will James Young’s replacement be? If they decide somewhere along the line that Alex Poythress can’t play the 3, you’ve then got him throw in with that cluster of bigs.”

(On the return of the twins) “I love it because it makes Kentucky deep, interesting and pre-season #1 again.”

“I think Duke is going to be really, really interesting. To me, Duke is going to have the best player in college basketball. And he’s a legit center. I honestly believe he has the opportunity to put up one of the 15-20 most impressive seasons since the mid-80s (on Jahlil Okafor).”


The three also talk in detail about predictions for Pre-Season All-American teams. Although Kentucky doesn’t necessarily have a singular star/dominant player, Aaron Harrison made his way into the conversation. Louisville’s Montrezl Harrell was also heavily in the discussion.

Kentucky won’t be able to escape the spotlight as the off-season kicks off…

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

44 Comments for Kentucky is already the talk of 2014-2015

  1. me
    9:34 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Lakers looking for a new coach… let the madness begin.

  2. Mike dantoni
    9:36 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Since I resigned let the Calipari rumors start in 3,2,1

  3. TDog
    9:38 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    John Calipari makes trying to be a UK Football fan a very hard thing to do with these teams he keeps bringing in.

  4. lexfan
    9:42 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Not if you were a “true uk football fan”, trying sugggest the typical bandwagon jumper.

  5. KYStout
    9:44 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Duke will be over rated again.

    Sports writers just can’t help themselves.

  6. Casper
    9:46 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    We need Trey Lyles at the three. If Poythress starts
    at three, that will be a major sign of weakness.

    • Roll Tide
      10:33 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Lyles is a power forward. Your thinking is a sign of weakness.

    • Stop!
      4:43 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Play a new card already. You are wearing us down. We heard you the first 00 times….

  7. Rixter
    9:46 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    What they are saying is, next year’s team can play their style and play it better than you, or they can play your style, and play that better than you, too.

    9:51 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Don’t forget about the Matt Jones Surprise.

  9. big blue
    9:58 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Matt Jones surprise? Another player?

  10. Blue Bart
    10:00 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Karl Towns will be the most talented player on next year’s roster. Poythress must play the three, and unless Andrew and Aaron come off the bench, they both need to be MUCH better than they were last year at both shooting and handling the ball.

  11. Interesting
    10:05 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Coach Cal in California last week and Coach Dantoni resigns tonight unexpectedly. Oh no!! There may be more to that Rex Chapman tweet than we know.

    • So what
      10:17 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      So were all the other top D-I coaches. They go where the top recruits are playing.

    • Pop and Lock
      10:32 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Cal doesn’t recruit much on the west coast either. Hmmm.

      10:36 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      What bout TJ and Lee? Almost got Gordon

    • Derp
      10:40 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Are you really that dumb?

    • Derp
      10:41 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink


    • Also...
      7:07 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t forget he had a team meeting yesterday. Probably breaking the news to them.

    10:14 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Yall need to stop spazzin out bout who playin the 3. Poy and the twins is all we need. Poy when we got a big lineup (twins, poy, two bigs) and twins when we go smaller (Ulis/Hawk, twins, two bigs) booker aint chopped liver too

  13. ha
    10:17 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Ha Okafor isnt even the top player in his own class let alone the country next year. I have no doubt Willie and or Dakari coud shut that goofy f*** down.

  14. Not Obama's butt boy
    10:28 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Well with one tenth of one percent GDP growth in the first quarter of 2014, we certainly need something good to talk about while we watch the Chinese take over as the world’s # 1 economy. In the words of Tiger Woods, second place sucks and 3rd is worse than that. I think we should keep voting straight Democratic ticket for change we can believe in! Go Cats!

    • Redneck Republican Bush 00-08 Proud Voter!
      10:34 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink


    • Amen
      10:34 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Obama is a national disgrace.

    • Not Obama's butt boy
      10:39 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Redneck, while I’m no fan of the Bush clan, you missed the sarcasm. I agree wholeheartedly with Amen!

    • Redneck Republican Bush 00-08 Proud Voter!
      10:43 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink


    • ElizabethWarrenwillnailJebslittleballstothefloor
      10:44 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Straight Democratic ticket, then better Democrats.

    • Sean Hannity is Cliven Bundy's love child
      10:44 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I’m sorry, I must be on the wrong website. I thought this was KSR where we discussed all things UK. I must have stumbled onto

    • Brent
      11:07 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      Not only is he a disgrace he should b executed 4 benghazi along with hilary clinton!

    • showofhands
      11:18 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      How many of you have graduated from UK? I thought so.

    • Stand your ground!
      11:26 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      I for one am voting “straight” Republican. That way we can replace them dadgum science classes with bible study. Fresh air and clean water have always been way overrated. I won’t rest until there’s a gun in every hand. We need more politicians with God fearing Christian principles like gay bashing and telling women what to do with their bodies. I want to be on the side of deep thinkers like Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Glen Beck, Sean Hannity, Ann Coulter, Bill Cunningham, Phyllis Schlafly, Michael Savage and Reps like, Steve King “Who voted against aid for hurricane Katrina”, Louis Gohmert, who said “We need the pipeline so caribou can have more sex”, Joe Barton who said,”Making BP pay for the oil clean up was a shake down” and Sen, James Imhofe who stated, “Climate change is a hoax because God’s still up there”! American Patriots and mental giants all!!!

    • Redneck Republican Bush 00-08 Proud Voter!
      11:36 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink


  15. Rex
    10:30 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    There is no way Cal is going anywhere with the team we’re going to have next season. He wasn’t going anywhere even before all of our guys decided to return.

  16. Taco Ballmalongadingdong
    10:38 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Kentucky is like that whore who stands in the center at a party and constantly announces her presence.

    • Rei
      10:44 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

      That would be Duke, the party is ESPN.

    • Riddle me this
      8:22 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      What does that even mean?

  17. Jimharris
    10:46 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Cal is a master of several arts. However, I’ve not heard mention of “juggling” as one of his top skills. More than anything else next season, our success will depend on how good Cal is at juggling playing time among a dozen deserving players. While the players work on their skills in this off season, I’d bet Cal is already mentally juggling his 2-teams level of talents. What a wondrous dilemma!

  18. Floyd
    10:49 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    “Our pets heads are falling off!”. Cal to Lakers freak out.

  19. Floyd
    10:50 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    “Harry, your hands are freezing!”

  20. Rod
    11:30 pm April 30, 2014 Permalink

    Aaron could play some 3 and Andrew the 2. We have a dandy pass first point guard coming in. It’s not like he’s a small guard.

    • Rupp
      12:28 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      why Andrew at 2? he is not a shooter.
      Aaron or Poythress at 3 is weak, but i think that
      is what Cal is gonna do.
      Cal has said he will start two 7 footers and sub with two
      7 footers. that means Dakari and Towns start and WCS
      and Lyles sub.

  21. Capurnicus
    8:44 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

    I would guess our starting lineup will be

    1. Andrew
    2. Aaron
    3. Poythress
    4. Towns
    5. WCS

    at the start of the season.

    Though, i could easily see Booker move into the starting 3, and Dakari the 5.

    • RP's facelift
      9:09 am May 1, 2014 Permalink

      Whatever starters we have I predict the Cats will play into April wearing the White Uniforms.

  22. CatBlue in LR
    12:14 pm May 1, 2014 Permalink

    RE: last line:

    Tips off… as the off-season TIPS off. This ain’t football. 🙁