ESPN is spending this week breaking down the best battles for position across college basketball and today’s spot was the two guard. Naturally, the epic shooting duel between Aaron Harrison and Devin Booker made the list. Here’s what ESPN had to say about the match-up
Kentucky: Aaron Harrison versus Devin Booker
Kentucky’s most fascinating positional intrigue will come from the frontcourt, where John Calipari has approximately 754 NBA-prospect forwards to parse into some recognizable rotation. It’s harder to imagine him shaking things up in the backcourt after March’s runner-up run, especially now that the Harrisons seem to have figured things out. But Booker is absolutely a player to watch, especially if one or both of the Harrisons regress.
With a team as deep as Kentucky’s next season position battles are going to wage all year long. In fact we may not have a clear winner even by the time we get to March. Here are some other intriguing match-ups for next year’s team.
Andrew Harrison versus Tyler Ulis
Harrison and Ulis are completely different player and that is why this battle will be so interesting to watch. Andrew is a player built on size and strength who bullies his way to the basket. Ulis is undersized and lightning quick with a penchant for scoring. This is a battle that will likely be decided by who the other team is throwing out. When Kentucky needs size they have Andrew when they need speed it’ll be Tyler. A devastating combination.
Willie Cauley-Stein versus Dakari Johnson versus Karl-Anthony Towns
The battle at the center position will be one of the most interesting in all of basketball next season. Three seven footers. Three very different games. Like the battle between Andrew and Ulis this is one that could prove to be situational. When you need defense you have WCS. When you need offense Dakari. And when you need a combination with an outside game you have KAT. No matter who wins the position battle the real winner is going to be Kentucky.
Which match-up are you most excited about seeing play out?