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What are the best/worst possible scenarios for next year’s basketball roster?

Yesterday afternoon, Matt Jones broke the news that Kentucky guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander would be making his NBA Draft decision on Tuesday night. As the year progressed, SGA developed into one of the top guards in the SEC, and we knew his chances of returning were diminishing by the game.

With this news, it’s almost a certainty he’ll be putting his name in the draft and hiring an agent.

Beyond that, however, there are nothing but question marks when it comes to upcoming decisions. We assumed Kevin Knox was a lock, but his father came out and said his family doesn’t need the money and they would welcome a sophomore campaign with open arms. Hamidou Diallo seemed like a lock, but his inconsistent play throughout the year left NBA scouts with more questions than answers. Jarred Vanderbilt’s injury situation, PJ Washington’s broken pinky/late-year development, Wenyen Gabriel wanting to provide for his family, etc.

Needless to say, these next few weeks are going to be wild for the Big Blue Nation.

Let’s walk through the best and worst case scenarios for next year’s roster when the dust settles on these decisions:

Best case scenario:

Gone: Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo

Return: Kevin Knox, PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, Wenyen Gabriel, Quade Green, Nick Richards, Sacha Killeya-Jones

Signees: Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, Tyler Herro, Ashton Hagans

Rotation:

Green/Hagans

Knox/Quickley/Baker

Johnson/Herro

Vanderbilt/Gabriel

Washington/Richards/SKJ

The Big Blue Nation wants the perfect mix of veteran leadership and young talent? You got it.

Calipari said he would never use the platoon system again, but he may have to if the right dominoes fall in the coming weeks.

If Kevin Knox tests the waters without signing an agent, NBA teams will likely tell him he is in the 15-20 range in this year’s draft. His family is not in need of money, and Knox has told his father he is in love with the college experience and playing at Kentucky. He could return to school, improve on defense and develop his jumper even more to become a top five-ten pick in a fairly weak 2019 draft. He could easily be one of the top players in college basketball next season.

Beyond Knox, all of the other names are guys that SHOULD return to school. Diallo seems hellbent on leaving, and even though he should come back, I don’t think anyone is expecting it. PJ Washington and Jarred Vanderbilt are fringe guys right now, but could dominate as sophomores. Nick Richards absolutely needs to return, Quade Green and Wenyen Gabriel aren’t NBA players yet, and Killeya-Jones is just a role player right now. We’ve seen guys right on the fringe make the jump in the past, but this class doesn’t feel quite there yet.

Ashton Hagans is an interesting piece in this equation, as he absolutely wants to play at Kentucky, and he wants to do it in 2018… but he’s not a need if the Cats return all of those pieces. Ultimately, I believe he comes regardless and will thrive off the bench or work his way into the starting lineup as the year develops. Calipari won’t turn him down, especially with Gilgeous-Alexander likely gone.

This team likely wouldn’t match up with the top-end talent we saw with the 2014-15 team, but they’d easily be the favorite to win it all next season.

Worst case scenario:

Gone: Gilgeous-Alexander, Knox, Diallo, Washington, Vanderbilt, and Gabriel enter the draft.

Returns: Green, Richards, Killeya-Jones

Signees: Quickley, Johnson, Herro, Hagans, EJ Montgomery

Rotation:

Green/Hagans

Quickley/Herro/Baker

Johnson

Montgomery/(Graduate transfer/reclassification)

Richards/Killeya-Jones

In just about every year John Calipari has been at Kentucky, most guys on the fence end up leaving. If you play the odds, there’s a chance we see something similar this offseason. Daniel Orton, Marquis Teague, Dakari Johnson, Doron Lamb, etc., we’ve seen our fair share of headscratchers.

But even if we see a disappointing roster overhaul, we’d still see a very talented Kentucky team.

If two of Washington, Vanderbilt, and Gabriel leave, EJ Montgomery will absolutely be a Wildcat. Calipari will be able to sell him on playing time and being a star in the frontcourt. Coach Cal would likely push for one more piece to finish out the wing/power forward spot.

As I mentioned before, Hagans wants to be a Wildcat in the 2018 class, and with Gilgeous-Alexander almost certainly leaving, look for him to be the immediate replacement.

It’d be a major turnover, but it’s still something Coach’s Cal could work with.

So what is the most likely scenario?

Probably a solid mix of both. Almost every year, there’s a decision that leaves people scratching their heads. Could that be Wenyen Gabriel leaving to provide for his family? Kentucky fans certainly couldn’t blame him for that. Diallo shouldn’t, but like Isaiah Briscoe last year, some guys just want to pave their own path on their own time and college might not be their thing. He may follow in his footsteps. Washington had spurts of domination, especially late in the year. He could feel he is ready to make the jump. Not all of them, but I feel we’ll see one surprise, one way or the other.

If I had to put money down, I’d expect to see Green, Richards, Washington, and two of Gabriel, Vanderbilt, and Washington to return. And with that, a pretty darn solid core group next season.

We’ll likely see the first domino fall on Tuesday.

What do you expect the roster to look like?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

66 Comments for What are the best/worst possible scenarios for next year’s basketball roster?



  1. TreyTingle
    5:07 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    I think they are gonna surprise us all. Shai will be the only one to leave. Cal signs Hagans and UK torches Duke first game of the year on a path to #9. ?



    • kenny
      5:33 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      I hope this happens



    • Luether
      7:03 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      What Kenny said…



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:05 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Luether is still so mad. LOL



    • Rembrandt
      2:58 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Neither scenario described in Pilgrim’s column will happen. Knox, Diallo, Gilgeous Alexander, and Wynyard are all gone. Vanderbilt, Washington, Gabriel, and SKJ will test the NBA waters. Then, Washington, Gabriel, and SKJ will announce they are returning. Vanderbilt will more than likely also come back, but that one is a closer call. Hagans will sign with UK in April. Montgomery will wait until May before deciding between UK and Duke, but his final decision is unpredictable. I wouldn’t be surprised if Baker continues to have some medical issues over the summer.



  2. ScoggDog
    5:18 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    I would say … this year is going to test the Calipari System.

    The idea has always been … Take The Best Players. The Best Players, even Freshman, will produce Exceptional Seasons. Reload and Repeat. Sounds logical.

    But what happens when Freshman DON’T produce Exceptional Seasons ? What then ? Are those Freshmen OBLIGATED to come back ? I’ll be the first to say No.

    But if the system works such that Talented Freshman go pro Regardless of Their Production ?

    Don’t blame the kids. Blame the coach that pursues them.

    Last season … and probably the next one as well … is going to test the Calipari System.



    • KY Blue Blood
      5:45 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Why blame anyone for anything? Coach is awesome. Program is awesome. Enjoy! 🙂



    • 4everUKblue
      8:40 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      ^^^ Amen KY BB



    • Rembrandt
      3:10 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Let’s be totally honest here for a change.
      Almost all top college basketball players want their NBA pay day ASAP. It is not the “Calipari System”. Cal didn’t write the NBA rules. Every college basketball coach signs the best players he can get. Cal is just better at it than most other coaches. Cal signs a lot of players that everyone else, including NBA teams, covet. That’s why there is always so much spring drama around here. Cal is playing the cards he is dealt.



  3. BBN_strive_4_9
    5:20 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Knox is 50/50 rn. I think that we lose Shai, Diallo, Knox, but we sign both EJ and Hagans



    • Cmart0907
      5:40 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      No way we sign E.J.if Wenyen , Vanderbilt, SkJ , Washington and Nick Richards come back. We have plenty big men.



    • BlakeBlueNation
      5:41 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah I agree



    • BBN_strive_4_9
      7:10 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      I’d rather have EJ come to UK than got dook



    • wyatts1
      7:36 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with your thinking strive, idk about Montgomery but assuming keldon Johnson knows what’s happening then we gotta think Montgomery will come to UK next season. Hagan’s is a bad, bad young man, and if we do have plans for #9 he’s gonna have to come our way and help out kicking dUKes ass. I’m not yet sold on Knox leaving though, I think he’s got a great chance being a top 5 guy in next year’s NBA draft, not to mention the extra million that he’ll receive as oppose to getting drafted this year around #14.



    • Rembrandt
      3:17 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Knox is not 50/50. Knox is gone. Like most other players, Knox probably has some mixed feelings about his decision. But when he and his family look at his options from a comprehensive point of view, it will be a simple choice. Knox is a lottery pick. If he were to return for another year, he would risk injury and leave a lot of money on the table without a clear proposition for moving significantly higher in the following year’s draft.



  4. kenny
    5:36 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    I could see baker getting more PT than Herro



  5. Rabbi Li
    5:47 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    The worst scenario is if Hamidou Diallo returns… and brings his ego with him.

    Cal suggested that Hamidou ‘finally turned the corner’ vs. Buffalo. Let’s all get something straight… that was a 13 seed. And once again he disappeared in the next game vs Kansas St. (a 9 seed).

    The worst scenario for any UK team is kids with a ‘One & Done’ mindset and a closed mind.
    ____________________________________________

    Knox is an interesting player. He was never called out for being unselfish (but certainly doesn’t play NCAA Championship type basketball). Knox did show as the year went on that he could play unselfishly… so clearly he was learning (maybe he was called out in practice for it).

    With UK being so young we had to have ‘scorers’ who could ‘finish.’ Since Knox was the closest thing to that at the beginning of the year we rode it. That was his role. No blame there.

    Every ‘kid’ wants to be ‘that guy.’ The adults in the room realize at Kentucky it should be all of them. And if they play unselfish with the level of talent in the room we win titles every other year. It doesn’t happen for many reasons.

    ______________________________________________

    SGA could easily be called out for being a bit too selfish at times. He’s no Magic Johnson (let’s be serious). He has a work ethic, genetic advantages, & a motor that allows him to excel. He’ll be a great pro since he proved he can play most of the roles. At the next level he will have to learn to ‘be a natural’ at setting up other players for ‘easy’ shots. He’s decent at it (and showed growth in that ability this season). What he did works in college… but in the grand scheme he’s a 6/10 at it (in comparison to the greats).

    Hopefully Cal gets the right mix next season.



    • UK Big Board Update
      9:22 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Send all that to Cal. Please. Especially the part about Hami.



    • maximumscott
      11:03 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Hami did disappear but lets rember he was in foul trouble both halves.



  6. huck
    5:48 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    I think Cal’s system has been on display for what….8-9 years now. His main goal is helping the poor little boys get to the NBA, while taking a paycheck to be the coach of the title chasing UK wildcats. I think if he wants to be a mentor he should get paid mentor wages somewhere else.



    • coachcalrulz
      6:13 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Do you remember the 8-9 years before Coach Cal came to UK? Coach Cal has a 28-7 NCAA Tourney record at UK. He has taken UK to 6 Elite Eights, 4 Final Fours, 1 National runner-up, and 1 National Championship. Sure, Coach Cal wants to help players get to the NBA, but he wants UK to win too. I wouldn’t want anyone else coaching our Cats. He has done an exceptional job of getting UK back to the top of college basketball. I am extremely confident that he will lead UK to another National Championship, maybe as soon as next year if the right players come back. GO CATS!!!



    • BBNDan7
      7:58 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      HOW DARE HE HELP PEOPLE REACH THEIR DREAMS



    • makeitstop
      8:25 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      A little context: the 9 years before Cal, we went to 4 sweet sixteens, 3 elite 8’s and no final fours. He’s been to 7 sweet sixteens, 6 elite 8’s, four final fours, two championships and won one in that time. There is no comparison. Granted, Pitino went to 3 FF in 6 years they were tourney eligible, and 5 elite 8’s but there was no one and done, who knows what ‘91 would’ve been like etc. that’s the only modern period we had comparable success to the past 9 years. Sutton? Good coach, no final fours. Joe B? 3 FF, 5 Elite 8 and 7 sweet sixteens in 13 years. Cal’s outperformed all but slick Rick and that’s a hard comparison, but roughly a wash.



    • Rembrandt
      3:21 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      The Cal critics are ungrateful and ignorant of historical facts.



  7. Rabbi Li
    5:58 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Best case scenario is we have a team full of ‘high energy’, unselfish players (play as a team), who understand spacing and how to ‘make plays for others’ who can ‘finish’ anywhere on the floor.

    I love the idea of high energy returning as a majority of the lineup:

    ••••• High Energy Guys: Vanderbilt, Gabriel, Quickly, Johnson, (SGA – gone)
    ••• Mid Level Energy Guys: Green, Washington, SKJ (Knox – gone)
    • Low Energy Guys: Nick Richards

    Who knows: Jemarl Baker, Tyler Herro

    Kentucky doesn’t go to the Final Four without a majority of it’s lineup playing high energy. PERIOD. This is because we typically lack experience (being so young). So where we have more talent, it must be matched with high energy to overcome the experience of other teams.
    ^^^ Write this down.

    ••••• My Starting Lineup (as of now):
    PG – Immanuel Quickley | Quade Green
    SG – Keldon Johnson | Jemarl Baker | Quade Green | Tyler Herro
    SF – Jarred Vanderbilt | Keldon Johnson | Tyler Herro
    PF – PJ Washington | Sacha Killeya-Jones
    C – Wenyen Gabriel | Nick Richards | Sacha Killeya-Jones



    • wyatts1
      8:13 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Good points however I’m not convinced Knox is gone, but I do think that Gabriel will go pro just so he could help his family. So our #5 spot is lacking to say the least, at least until Richards can show us that he’s capable of being “that guy” that we need to be competitive come March. But the good news is if Gabriel does leave I do believe Montgomery will be signing with the cats, I also feel the same way with haggans. Both are top level talent that can be gamechangers, ecspecially if diallo, sga, and Knox are the only ones that leave. Like I said hopefully Knox comes back but if not we will be fine. With Knox we are without a doubt contenders next season.



    • maximumscott
      11:08 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Wenyen at CENTER!!! Ha hahaha haaaahaha. What are u smoking?



    • Rabbi Li
      11:54 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      maximumscott – Wenyen played the 5 many times this season.

      Do you not watch the games?



  8. Rabbi Li
    6:00 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Oh forgot Hamidou…

    ••• Mid Level Energy Guy: Hamidou Diallo (95% of the games… when he’s off in his own world mentally)
    ••••• High Energy Guy: Hamidou Diallo (in about 5% of the games this past season)



    • Luether
      7:07 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Maybe we’d be better off if Hami goes and takes his shtick with him…



    • catsarerunnin
      8:00 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Same could be said about you…



    • 4everUKblue
      8:41 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      The same IS said about Luether!



    • Blenheimbard
      1:09 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      That was the critique of Diallo as a high school player too. He could play like a demon and then take plays off, sort of floating around. Cal managing to get that circuit rewired to make him a constantly running energizer would be a magic job. Hopefully the problem is in the software, not the hardware of his brain.



  9. Rabbi Li
    6:10 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    To boil it down… IF YOU’RE NOT HIGH ENERGY, YOU ARE COSTING THE BBN TITLES



    • BBNDan7
      7:59 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Dude you need to calm down



    • Rabbi Li
      8:38 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      BBNDan7 – I hear that a lot from ‘Low Energy’ people.



  10. Rabbi Li
    6:12 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    BTW:

    • Tony Barbee (not high energy)
    ••••• Orlando Antigua (high energy)



  11. binarysolo
    6:51 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Think we get Hagans and Montgomery even in a worst case scenario? Let’s not count our chickens yet, boys.



  12. Han
    7:01 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    If we lose a couple of our big guys, I would like to see us find a grad transfer (assuming no last minute change of heart/reclassification by Wiseman). Cal has talked before about not liking grad transfers but he was talking about when mid majors lose a star to a power 5 team. I don’t think he said anything about transfers from other power 5 teams, so that would certainly still be an option. (People may recall he tried to get Oriakhi when he left UConn and ended up at Mizzou.) And we could certainly use experience every year.

    Also, when might we hear if the team is going to do the summer trip abroad like they did before the near-perfect season?



  13. Sergeant
    9:09 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Not even close to worst case scenario. Worst is:

    Gone to next level: Alexander, Knox, Gabriel, Vanderbilt, Washington, Richards.

    Transfer: Jones

    Signs with Duke Hagans & Montgomery.



    • makeitstop
      7:55 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Yea I agree, or Vanderbilt and Jamari don’t fully recover. But to call something worst case that involves 3 positive developments that have not occurred: Hagan’s committing and reclassifying and EJ committing when he looks more of a duke lean right now is either clairvoyance or misnomer. Hope it’s the former.



  14. Racerr11
    9:12 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    Rick did not out peform Cal, 7sweet 16,6 elite 8, 4 final 4s, 1 runner up, and 1 championship with mostly freshman is an amazing accomplishment much better than Ricki boy. Cal best coach in country, no one else I would want. Cal did it the right way not cheat time and time again like Ricki boy.



    • makeitstop
      8:09 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      I agree with the conclusion but Slick did the 5 sweet sixteens in 6 years, and the final four half the time he was eligible. Remember 1990 and 1991 he wasn’t eligible for postseason. Cal’s BEST 6 years was 2009-2015, and it was better: same one NCAA and one runner up but one more final four, same 5 elite 8’s though w one missed tourney. It’s the last 3 years that have been less than expected, but whose to say that wouldn’t have happened to Slick, it happened to Rupp, it happened to Coach K in the 90’s, Billy Donovan before he left. I think there’s an argument to be made about the other good coaches around u adapting and costing you by altering the balance of power before u re-adjust. So maybe Cal’s tweak of one and done will start next year w a “best case” of 2 year guys, freshman and upper classmen. THAT would be a good article to explore instead of the Miss Cleo piece above…



    • makeitstop
      8:10 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      That’s of course: *who’s to say”



  15. Jiminy Crickets
    9:19 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    This site does articles like this all the time, and it’s absolutely crazy. This article absolutely assume that Hagan and Montgomery are coming to Kentucky. Same thing we have done about multiple other kids are coming, only to find out they are not. Can we at least find out who is leaving, and who signed before we start talking about how good bad or terrible that we are going to be



    • Jiminy Crickets
      9:20 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Because worst-case is Hagans goes to Louisville, Montgomery goes to Duke, and everyone mentioned above leaves



    • 2thepoint
      10:05 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      Crickets, I won’t sleep well tonight after your post, ha



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      10:14 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      I know, right? And to compound this, they post it on April 1st. Totally irresponsible journalism.



    • Jack Pilgrim
      11:37 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

      I meant worst case (likely) scenario with it. Calipari isn’t going to go into the season with just seven core guys (Green, Quickley, Herro, Johnson, Richards, SKJ.) He will need bodies, and those are the most likely candidates right now. It is not a foregone conclusion Hagans and/or Montgomery end up at Kentucky, it depends on how the dominoes fall. If they become necessities with more players leaving than expected, Calipari will put on the full-court press, and his batting average is usually top-notch in those situations.



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      1:14 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Jack, don’t try to defend your shoddy journalism, with more unfounded guesswork…it only makes you look that much worse. I guess you’ve already forgotten the 2012-13 season, when Cal wasn’t able to fill out his roster, after all of the NC players left, and we lost in the NIT 1st round. If he has a repeat of that, then THAT would be the “worst case scenario”. Given the way things are trending in college basketball right now….like what just happened to Syracuse….there are simply no guarantees.



    • makeitstop
      8:15 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Isn’t that what “likely” is for not “worst”. It’s still speculative but it’s debatable. Anyway, unless there’s new tea leaves to glean from or feedback from quotable quotable or at least attributable NBA officials or draft experts, it’s not news it’s ruminating on what we already know, which is little.



    • makeitstop
      8:19 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry Jack – I’d be happy w at least off the record quotes or observations or attribution or expert analysis. Take it constructively, it’s a great site but if there’s no news go find some don’t just fill space.



  16. KYFAN4LYFE
    9:46 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    So you even have Hagans in the “worst case scenario”? Interesting….I guess I missed the part where he committed to UK.



  17. cosmic_cats
    11:00 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    He hasn’t even reclassified yet either.



  18. huck
    11:28 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    I can relate to what you are saying. I started following in 73. Sutton was there when I was at UK. I have watched coaches that were plugs, coaches that felt they were run out by the AD… lots of things, but now I feel, I would like Cal to coach for us to win and that be more important than holding hand of someone from…. where ever. Oh yea.. I understand teaching, I subbed a little.



  19. huck
    11:47 pm April 1, 2018 Permalink

    “Calipari will put on the full-court press, and his batting average is usually top-notch in those situations.”

    not sure but I think Duke done went and took top notch….at best Cal is playing second fiddle…. but as the norm…. not even that



  20. Angelo
    1:44 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I think Duke will be a little short next year…Cats will win it all!!



  21. TonyMontana
    6:52 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Correct me if I’m wrong…. but Diallo is projected at a worse position this draft than he was last draft. Why is everybody so sure that he’s gone? Simply based on possible incoming players? We saw this year how much faith Cal has in him. And if anybody thinks Knox is returning you are out of your mind, he’s a lottery lock. I would love to see him come back and sure… he could improve his stock and move into a Top 5 draft position, but when has this happened in recent history?



  22. chris43
    7:30 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I can’t blame Gabriel if he left…BUT why not stay and get your degree next year? He’s going into his junior year and still has lots of potential. If he develops he could possibly be an NBA draft pick in a year or two instead of playing overseas. Vanderbilt is a beast and by far one of my favorites but he barely played this year. If a team takes him they’re taking a big risk. I hope he comes back and proves it over a full season and ends up being a top 5-10 pick instead of most likely a mid-late first round guy. In my opinion Washington is nowhere near ready for NBA ball. He has a ton of potential but needs another year which would drastically improve his draft stock. I’m 100% okay with SGA going pro and don’t blame him a bit. Diallo needs to stay but if he goes…he goes. If I have to lose 3 players….SGA, Diallo, and Gabriel. That’d be dream scenario and no transfers plus Hagans. ?



  23. makeitstop
    8:27 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I get that Gabriel has to provide for his family but he needs a job to do that. And he isn’t nearly ready to get and hold that job. He would be stripped every time he moved in the NBA. He can shoot a little but he couldn’t go by anyone without walking or being stripped yet so a guy just as big will just criowd him. And in Europe they’re better ball handlers/passers besides just spot up shooters. Get the degree u can take care of ur family even if u don’t develop those skills. The job he really wants will pay a lot more next year if he does.



  24. BillytheUkkid
    8:35 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Coach Cal is a winner. Don’t complain that he only cares about getting kids to the NBA and he doesn’t care about titles. Listen, the longer they stay in the tournament the greater their chances of proving themselves in front of scouts on the biggest stage. The better it is for that team and future recruits. It’s a win-win for coach, team, and fans. Not to mention Cal is a winner and never wants to lose so the argument that Cal doesn’t care about titles is null and void.



  25. Swizzle
    9:15 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    If no one leaves Villanova, it wont matter. They have 2 seniors, and they dont play.



    • KYFAN4LYFE
      11:07 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, and The Warriors are guaranteed to win the NBA Finals every year for the foreseeable future, right? NOPE. Between injuries and ejections, they can’t even keep their core guys on the floor this year. Villanova still has to get past a VERY tough Michigan team this year….and after that, there are no guarantees. Hell, no team in NCAA men’s BB EVER looked more predestined to win the NC than UK’s ’14-’15 group, and we all know how that turned out.



  26. TheMaxCat
    10:58 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Its hope and Daddy’s comments that lead fans to believe Knox could return and while nothing is etched in stone its a pretty good bet he will go. Based on where players are projected to be drafted SGA and Knox are the only two that need to go. Diallo is a great athlete and an average basketball player and I believe another year at UK would greatly benefit him but I have no idea where his head is. The two wildcards are Gabriel and Vando. Gabriel could graduate and enhance his draft position but he could probably play overseas somewhere and help provide for his family now which is his dilemma Vando may have the toughest decision. If he bolts now he wouldn’t go near as high a she would with a healthy soph. season. If he comes back and is shown to be injury prone, he could cost himself that way as well. I cant see anyone else even considering a jump at this point. Its not best case/worst case but rather what is most likely to be best case/worst case. Best case is we lose one, most likely lose three, worst case more than three (of course this doesn’t consider future prospects Hagans, Montgomery, Wiseman and others)



  27. Kat4Life
    11:05 am April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I think Hami has about exhausted his time in Lexington….and while I have long predicted he will never play a single minute in the NBA, he is clearly capable of playing in Vietnam, Africa, or Poland. Good luck over there. As for next year, Knox is gone…..don’t kid yourself, he’s done. SAG….gone too. But the remaining player will likely all be back.