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Size is Kentucky’s not so secret weapon for upcoming season

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With nine McDonald’s All-Americans (and a Willie Cauley-Stein) on their roster there are many arguments as to what the strengths of this year’s team will be. The team has talent, speed, brains and several other aspects that will help them on the court. However, there is one thing that will bring them their biggest advantage. Size.

Former LSU coach, Trent Johnson, said it best in a 2010 interview about 7-foot 2 Andrew Del Piero — A LSU basketball player who walked on to the team after being ‘discovered’ at band practice playing the sousaphone — “You can’t teach height.” Even the most talented of players have been held back by their height. Fortunately Kentucky will not have to worry about that this year, both in the paint and in the backcourt. With three players along towering over 7 feet tall, Kentucky already has the upper hand in size alone.

Last year, Kentucky’s big weakness was defense and they finished ranking in 41st in the country in the Ken Pomeroy defensive rankings. Another year with defense like that would lessen the Cats’ chances at a title. However, Kentucky’s defense should improve with the height advantage they have this year. Length and height will pose defensive advantages when it comes to rebounds, blocks and turnovers.

Not only do you have three players towering at 7’0” tall, you also have Alex Poythress at 6’8”, Marcus Lee at 6’0”, and Trey Lyles at 6’10. You also have the Harrison twins in the backcourt towering at 6’6”. There are several different arguments for who the starting line-up should include. However, there is a guarantee of whoever Cal puts on the court to start, it will be scary.





Article written by Courtney Hessler

Ashley Judd is my spirit animal. Follow me on twitter at: @Hessler_KSR

17 Comments for Size is Kentucky’s not so secret weapon for upcoming season

  1. Marcus Lee
    7:03 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I’m pretty sure I’m over 6’0″….

    • Rei
      7:05 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

      The most unfunny post here.

    • Ditto
      7:15 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

      I thought the same thing when I read that, but hey, I’d be fine with him being 6 ft if he can keep jumping like he was last year!

      (And to Rei, re-read the article, it states Lee is 6 foot, which is the point of the post. Also, feel free to go get a prescription to help the brain learn reading comprehension and sarcasm. You will probably need those if you want to continue with message board banter.)

    • Luther
      5:29 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Agree! Marcus is 6’9″…

  2. Quote Maker
    7:06 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    “You can’t teach height” has only been around for about 50 years…..why would you give a former LSU coach credit for repeating something that has been said thousands of time in the past by others? Incredible. And, I really am taller than 6’0……

  3. Captain Obvious
    7:22 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Hope everyone enjoyed my guest-post tonight

  4. Lexington man
    7:30 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    What the Heck are you talking about? with improved height? UK had arguably the tallest team in the nation last year.Two Footers, both guards were 6 5 etc etc. Terrible article.

  5. Lexington man
    7:30 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Two seven footers ^

  6. Rei
    7:33 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I am the Arbiter of all that is post-worthy. Bow down to me now…

  7. Casper
    9:16 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    41st in defense? Wow! I guess you can’t teach quickness either…
    Randle and Young were duds defensively, I hope their replacements are better.

    • Yeah
      9:47 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

      I hope you become more knowledgeable about basketball too, but am not counting on it.

    • bigbluetruth
      11:47 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

      WOW Casper, I wish UK had you in the line up. I bet you watch a game with your wife (if you found someone dumb enough to have you) and tell her “I could play better than JR and Young”. What an idiot.

    • name calling huh?
      8:43 am August 2, 2014 Permalink

      what casper said is true. JY was awful on defense all season. JR was not particularly good either, but started to commit towards the end of the season.

    • Luther
      5:31 pm August 2, 2014 Permalink

      Agree with Casper…

  8. Evan Manders
    10:40 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    Only the 2nd best starting five though? Not sure about that:

  9. Article
    11:48 pm August 1, 2014 Permalink

    I am awful

  10. BigBlue37
    4:06 am August 2, 2014 Permalink

    How many times can you use ‘towering’ to describe a really tall person? Ever heard of a thesaurus?