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Taking a Look at Position Battles

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.

[Position battles: Shooting guards]

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?

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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17 Comments for Taking a Look at Position Battles

  1. Jud
    9:11 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Cal would you please let us watch some practices?

  2. BBN
    9:23 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Andrew Harrison gets the start over Ulis to begin the season but Ulis will be starting and playing more minutes by the start of SEC play. Ulis has pure PG skills that can’t be taught. His floor vision is incredible. He’s the best PURE PG Kentucky has had in over 20 years.

  3. blake
    9:23 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    I wouldn’t have starters or bench players…two waves….
    1st wave. 1. An Harrison 2. Aa Harrison 3. A Poythress 4. Willy cauley 5. K Towns
    2nd wave 1. Tyler Ulis 2. D Booker 3. Trey Lyles 4. Marcus Lee 5. Dakari
    With Willis and Dom as backups for foul trouble non hustle or whatever reason.

    • ???
      9:35 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      How do you have WCS, a guy without a mid- or long-range game at the 4 and KAT, who is lethal from beyond the arc at the 5 in your 1st wave?

    • STEVE!
      9:46 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      I don’t think Lyles will play the 3. I see Towns and him sharing time at the 4, and WCS and Dakari sharing time at the 5, with Booker being able to back up both the 2 and the 3,

    • blake
      10:49 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      I understand your point and didn’t think about that. .I would switch those two with willy at the 5 and townz at the 4 but lee doesn’t have much of a game outside of 5 feet of the goal either…I think/hope willy and lee both develop a short jumper hook….

  4. CorntuckyJoe
    9:46 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Can Towns play the four? I know it sounds crazy, but he has skills and Dakari and WCS are centers only? The “waves” comment also sounded like a great idea. Just wear’em out!

  5. Shawn
    9:58 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Looking forward to the most…..

    1. Who plays the 4. If KAT Is starting at C does Cal go with lottery pick WCS at the 4?
    2. What Tyler Ulis really looks like In a college game.
    3. Will the Twins pick up where they left off? They seemed to regress In most of the championship game. Was that the last layer being shed before they become the players everyone expected?
    4. Will Marcus Lee assert himself and make things even more interesting at the 4/5 rotation?
    5. Who becomes the clear outspoken team leader.

  6. Shawn
    10:03 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    Newsflash WCS, Lee, and Towns can call play the 4/5. They all have better than average mobility for 6-10/7 footers. All three are very long and can step out and d up the perimeter. Have some of yall already forgot how at times WCS drove from the three point line and dunked on fools like It was nothing? Also, Lyles Is not a 3.

  7. Bbn#1
    10:15 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    IMO it’ll be
    Andrew/ ulis/ hawk
    Aaron /devin/ hawk
    Poy/ devin /maybe lyles /Willis
    Towns/ lyles/ lee

    But Hell at some point we’ll prolly see ulis drew Aaron poy towns wcs

    • Haha
      10:21 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

      I’d love it if they let us play 6 guys at once but I don’t see that happening. 🙂

  8. Pistol Pete
    10:23 pm May 13, 2014 Permalink

    The most important battle is at the point. We were exposed by small quick guards all year including UConn. Ulis will be needed defensively as much as offensively.

    • Pcefrog5
      12:12 pm May 14, 2014 Permalink

      Would love to see Cal utilize the twins’ size advantage and post up those smaller, quick guards.
      Just imagine if they isolated one of the twins down low against Napier or Boatright.

  9. Joe Dan Gorman
    1:07 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    I am glad my job ain’t to pick the starters. Glad we have Cal for that…..

    My job is to be enjoy the Cats DESTROY some teams next year.

    “Which Ferrari shall we drive today, Jibbs?”

  10. Number Three
    1:25 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Fan opinion of Trey Lyles is far too low. That kid is so strong and skilled, I find it very difficult to believe he won’t get major time right away. WCS, Johnson, Poythress, Lee, Lyles, and Townes might honestly be 6 of the best 10 big guys in the country next year.

    The other thing fan opinion under-rates at this time is Tyler Ullis’ jump shot. That kid might be the best pull up shooter in the entire class. By the end of the season it would surprise me if we don’t see Calipari starting both twins and finishing close games with one of them on the bench.

  11. tim gray
    7:54 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    Umm, Karl towns will start but at pf. He’s not coming off the bench.

  12. David
    11:29 am May 14, 2014 Permalink

    every game next year will be a nightmare for the opposition simply for the match-up difficulties that roster will present…I just wonder if Cal will employ any full court press situations and implement a deeper rotation than usual (one would assume with all the weapons at his disposal)…the SF position and the flexibility of the C and PF spots will be fun to watch…I think the G’s will all get rotational PT based on situations/fouls/hot hand…I just wonder how Willis and Hawkins will fit in…and Marcus Lee…my goodness…sooooo many guys…LOL…I can’t wait for the season to start