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Next Season’s Backcourt Will Be Ridiculous (Potentially)

With Tyrese Maxey’s commitment imminent, which could potentially be coupled with a reclassification, it isn’t a stretch to say that Maxey pledging to play for the Cats could totally reshape the 2018-2019 squad, assuming his comments about playing with fellow 5-star guard Ashton Hagans are to be taken literally:

“We call ourselves The Duo,” he said, pausing a beat before correction himself: “A possible duo. I’m sorry. Trying not to laugh.”

[SEC Country]

Let’s assume for a moment that Maxey will commit to UK, and he and Hagans will both opt to reclassify to 2018 to make this “duo” talk a reality. If this comes to fruition, the Wildcat backcourt will be unreasonably deep.

We know that Quade Green has decided to return for the 2018 campaign, and even if Coach Cal is forced to cut his minutes, Green’s vocal presence will have ramifications both during games and behind the scenes at practice. Elder statesmen have proven to be valuable assets under Calipari.

Then there’s Immanuel Quickley, who was originally viewed as Kentucky’s next floor general. The 6’3″, 175 pound ball handler will still contribute heavily, even if his impact is diluted by the former 2019 recruits.

Tyler Herro will inject some much needed perimeter shooting prowess into the lineup, and will likely fill the same role that was once occupied by a player that Herro draws heavy comparisons to, Devin Booker. Given the woes the 2017-2018 Cats experienced from downtown, that sounds delectable to me.

Drop in Hagans and Maxey, guards with the same Calipari-friendly physical gifts as Quickley, and all of the sudden, the idea of a guard-centric platoon system starts to sound like a reasonable idea. It’s either that, or an endlessly intense war for playing time every day in practice.

I legitimately wonder if next year’s team will produce record breaking numbers of assists, considering the fact that top-quality guards will be on the court virtually one-hundred percent of the time. If some other weapons like P.J. Washington and Wenyen Gabriel make their ways back to Lexington, it’s entirely possible.


Article written by Jay Winkler

Avid fan of UK Athletics, WWE, and chicken wings. Preferably at the same time.

15 Comments for Next Season’s Backcourt Will Be Ridiculous (Potentially)

  1. OHCat
    11:34 am May 6, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t sleep on Baker.

    • k3ntucky_jer
      12:24 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed.. Baker and Herro will be clutch this year if Hagans reclassifies. The kid Hagans is a passing machine. Drive and kick drive and kick.

    • Robkycats54
      1:05 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      I totally agree baker is the forgotten man but he will more experience & is even a better shooter than Herro imo… Also he can defend nice, you can only imagine baker looking at these articles barely being mention, coming in the season with a chip on his shoulder

      Kentuck 5 best shooters if things go as planned

      Dont count baker out, possible starter Coach Cal love shooters example Doran Lamb

  2. nschulte13
    12:05 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    I assume the line would be something like
    PG: Hagans; Green
    SG: Maxey; Quickley; Baker
    SF: Johnson; Herro; Baker
    Cal likes having 2 PG on the court together, so I am not sure it matters a great deal, it will all come down to chemistry. I wouldn’t be shocked if Green started the year at PG, if Hagans and Maxey are to late arriving to go to the Bahamas. Then Green stays at starting PG all season, like Richards and Diallo, but is pulled 5 minutes in.

    • gobble gobble
      2:27 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      You’ve assumed incorrectly

    • gobble gobble
      2:29 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      Quickley will get little to no playing time his frosh year

    • nschulte13
      5:55 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

      That in itself is an assumption. Quickley could explode over the summer and leapfrog either/both Hagans and Maxey, if they are late to campus. In all likelihood, he is a backup. Quickley and Green are the backup guards. Along with Baker and Herro. Those two likely being at the Wing, Quickley and Green being the backup guards. I hate labeling one a PG, the other the SG, because of the way Cal uses his guards. It’s going to be a 3 guard lineup because of the number of guards on the roster. So the backups, unless Cal platoons them, will be situational, who’s hot, who the opponent is, etc.

  3. Ez21
    12:43 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    I think Green will definitely be starting to start the year and I think he will continue it all year long either at the 1 or 2.

  4. Ez21
    12:44 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    I think Quade will make some huge shots to win games next year. This year he showed he wasn’t afraid to take it. I think next year they fall.

  5. wyatts1
    12:59 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    If we get anymore reclassifying 5 star players then I can see that calipari will and should be platooning again, for another super team. If only Wiseman would reclassify then it’d be another possible run at perfection, the thought is great but idk if that could ever happen at a power 5 school. Idk if the kids like the idea of platooning but if they don’t put themselves first, and put the team and the school first then a NCAA title and a spot in the history books is a real possibility.

  6. gasman01
    1:08 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    I love the thoughts but how do you keep that many happy!! A sulking player is poison to a team…

  7. Dowser
    1:35 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    If Maxey reclassifies then I believe Quade has a change of heart and leaves. And, imo he should.

  8. Dowser
    1:41 pm May 6, 2018 Permalink

    Don’t forget a potential 5 deep front court… that’s considering Johnson a back court player. I believe this could cause more problems than good.
    2015 was an exception. That level of talent was far beyond what this could even potentially be.

  9. Cryingtheblues
    4:29 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

    What would really put the icing on the cake if James Wiseman reclassifies as well. Daaaammmmnnn!

  10. Alleykat16
    9:55 am May 7, 2018 Permalink

    I believe I just heard Maxey won’t be coming here this year. I know he said the 9th he would say. But I think I just heard he will not reclassify to 2018. So I guess now it will be up to Hagens. But I could be wrong