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What does Zion Williamson’s decision mean for Kentucky?

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Let’s just get it out of the way now, last night sucked.

Five-star forward Zion Williamson did the unimaginable by committing to Duke, giving the Blue Devils the No. 1, 2, and 3 prospects in the nation. Absolutely no one had Duke even remotely on their radar in this recruitment. They were “technically” on Williamson’s final list, but the only perceived contenders were Kentucky, UNC, Clemson, and South Carolina. The decision shocked everyone.

And for Kentucky, the ramifications are massive.

Here’s what Williamson’s decision means for the Wildcats:

James Wiseman is a priority

The No. 1 prospect in the class of 2019, James Wiseman, is reportedly considering a move to 2018.

And Kentucky desperately needs it to happen.

It’s no secret the talented big man favors the Wildcats, but when he eventually suits up in blue and white is extremely important. He has told reporters a reclassification isn’t possible, but we’ve heard the same with elite prospects in the past. Marvin Bagley said he wasn’t going to reclassify this summer, and just weeks later, he announced he would be suiting up for Duke this season. Despite public denial, the whispers are growing louder that a reclassification is not only possible, but likely for Wiseman.

Without Williamson, Kentucky has no “it” factor guys committed for next season. Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Tyler Herro are all stellar prospects, but there is no superstar headliner. There is no one to single-handedly take over a game and dominate.

And Kentucky has zero offers out to any remaining uncommitted prospect in the class of 2018.

For Calipari’s one-and-done system to thrive, you have to have superstar talent layered in with quality role players. As we’re seeing this season, when you struggle to find the “guy,” the team falters. According to ESPN, UK’s highest-ranked signee in the class of 2017 was Kevin Knox at No. 10. In 2016, the Cats had three signees ranked in the top-ten, and five in the top-25. ESPN lists Keldon Johnson as the No. 7 prospect in 2018, Quickley at No. 12, and Herro at No. 27.

Again, excellent recruiting class, but something is obviously missing.

EJ Montgomery, Jordan Brown, and Moses Brown are three five-star prospects Calipari could still offer and make up ground with, but they wouldn’t be game changers for the Cats next season.

Barring any surprise graduate transfers or reclassifications, Wiseman is the only realistic shot at finishing the class with a truly elite prospect. Calipari needs him. Bad.

Kentucky needs some key returnees

Duke’s class of RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones is easily one of the best in college basketball history.

If the Cats finish with some surprise returnees, however, Kentucky can absolutely beat them with depth.

Hamidou Diallo and Kevin Knox are near-locks to enter the NBA Draft, but beyond that, no one knows.

Despite having the measurables, Nick Richards is absolutely not ready to go to the NBA. Quade Green will almost certainly return. PJ Washington is improving, but he doesn’t look like an NBA player yet. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has moved up on the draft boards, but he could return to UK and become one of the top point guards in the nation. Will Jarred Vanderbilt enter the draft after just half a year of play? Sacha Killeya-Jones, Wenyen Gabriel, Jemarl Baker, and Tai Wynyard are all likely back.

If just two or three players leave, next year’s team has the potential to be absolutely loaded. Add in Wiseman or another surprise, I’ll take my chances on another Final Four run.

If some or most of the fringe guys leave, Kentucky could be in for a very rough year while watching Duke coast to a National Championship.

UK’s path to a title just got that much harder

There’s no debate anymore, Coach K and the Duke Blue Devils have taken over the recruiting world.

If Williamson committed to Clemson, South Carolina, or even North Carolina, fine. When Kentucky not only loses out on the star freshman, but Calipari’s biggest recruiting rival snags him, it’s a punch in the gut. When that same recruiting rival wins the lottery with the nation’s three top recruits in an unbelievably top-heavy class, now that’s brutal.

When Williamson threw on that horrid Duke hat last night, it felt a bit like Kevin Durant’s decision to join the Golden State Warriors two years ago. The rich got richer, and it seemed like the 2018-19 National Championship was decided before the season even began. When Kentucky desperately needed a superstar, not only did they miss out, but they lost him to the direct competition. It made Kentucky’s road to a title next season unbelievably difficult.

Remember, however, Calipari and Coach K have won the same number of titles in the one-and-done era. Duke has four of the top eight prospects in the nation this season, yet have lost games to Boston College and NC State. They had two of the top three recruits, and three of the top ten in 2016, yet lost in the second round to South Carolina. In just two of the last seven years, Duke has made it past the Elite Eight. In Calipari’s first year at Kentucky, Duke won a title with mostly upperclassmen. It took a massive upset in 2014-15 for Duke’s freshman-heavy roster to hang a banner.

If there’s a team that knows how to crumble in the tournament, it’s the Blue Devils.

But it would take a major choke job from Mike Krzyzewski to screw this up.

It goes without saying, but Calipari has his work cut out for him in the next few months in both recruiting and figuring out what to do with his current team. The sky isn’t falling because of Zion Williamson, but it certainly isn’t sunshine and rainbows.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

83 Comments for What does Zion Williamson’s decision mean for Kentucky?



  1. KYJelly
    11:08 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Coach K chokes getting these freshman to play together. He doesn’t have near the track record as Cal in getting them ready for the league, they choke in March, and I just don’t get why Duke is topping U.K. for those reasons. Maybe Jeff Capel is just THAT good? Maybe Antigua was just THAT good? I just don’t get it



  2. Jiminy Crickets
    11:09 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Just to clarify, Coach K win in 2009 and 2015. Both of those years happened to be two of Calipari’s top three teams ever. Say it with me….. USA U19, it literally destroyed Calipari on the recruiting trail



    • catsarerunnin
      11:26 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      You’re so right. He’s only going to get 2 or 3 star recruits from now on. Do you actually ever read what you type before hitting send?



    • classof68
      11:39 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Good points but UNC won it in ’09, Duke in ’10. Nevertheless I concur coaching the U19 team backfired for Cal. It was apparent from those games P.J. was no 5 star. He still has a role if he can learn what he can and can’t do well. I noticed a lot of “if’s” in the post, Pilgrim.



    • Rembrandt
      2:01 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      The sky is falling!



    • dballrb
      6:37 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Bingo!!Enough said..



  3. joseph_daniel
    11:13 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Actually Duke has been handed 2 championships by us… Cal’s first year when we lost to WVU with Wall, Cousins, Bledsoe, PPat, etc… They avoided us in a matchup nightmare and got to play WVU then Butler for a title. Then 2015 they got our path to the Title, even though we were the obvious #1 overall seed. They didn’t face anyone until Final vs Wisconsin.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:23 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed. Crickets is another Cal hater. K plays in his home state until the elite 8 every year if he gets there, then plays no one after that until the final game. Not to mention he gets all the calls and non calls.



    • callitlikeiseeit
      5:54 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      joseph…the problem with your case is, in both cases, dUKe beat the teams we could not beat,,,,That is coaching as we were the more talented team, especially in 2015.



  4. Jiminy Crickets
    11:21 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Before USA U19, Calipari and Kentucky reportedly lead (according to most prudent “experts”) for Romeo Langford, cam reddish, bol bol, and Zion Williamson. Immediately after U19, an indescribable loss with the most talented roster in the world, Langford immediately removed UK from his list, bolbol let it known he took offense to not being selected, cam reddish (FEATURED in Cals offense, allowing him to play the 2 spot) soon committed to duke, RJ Barrett soon followed, and then the one recruit UK had recruited the hardest mysteriously delayed his announcement.
    We can look to all kinds of reasons, and wonder what happen. Losing USA U19 happen



    • catsarerunnin
      11:38 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Obviously you need to become a dUKe fan. Your life would be much easier.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:49 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Or would it? How well did all that talent pay off last season?



  5. CatsandPats
    11:27 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Even with all that talent on their roster next year, all anyone can do is speculate. These guys are used to being the best on their respective teams. Being unselfish and getting your teammates involved is severely underrated at the college level and the best players don’t always make the best passers. It’s simple, if you don’t want to make the extra pass and consistently be a TEAM player, all the talent in the world is useless and just another headline to toss in the trash.



  6. cking
    11:33 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    We need Antigua back..NOW.



    • AirForceOne
      2:03 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      I could not agree more. Tony Barbee is just not getting it done IMO.



    • Rembrandt
      9:25 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

      The sky is falling!



  7. Kat4Life
    11:38 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I cannot imagine any NBA GM drafting Diallo…….he is not a good basketball player, he is only a guy who can jump. Knox isn’t ready either, nor is Vanderbilt, Richards, or Alexander. Hell I think they all come back. Let’s just hold our collective noses and suffer through the rest of this year…….because:

    2018-19 spells platoon…….and a top 5 team.



    • Delk for 3
      11:53 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      As you can see below, I was having the same thoughts about Diallo as you.
      I do agree that Knox “isn’t ready”, but we all know that doesn’t really matter anymore. He’s certainly gone, IMO. He has flashed too much for NBA scouts ignore. They know he will be a good NBA player, and are willing to invest in his potential.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:56 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Agreed, dUKe will be a team of freshmen without a senior guard kinda like we are this season and we will be the veteran team next season. Because a lot of these players are likely not going to be drafted.



  8. Booby Petrino
    11:45 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    UK fans on KSR: I’m so sick of one and dones. Cal needs to recruit players who will stay longer.
    Same fans after Zion’s commitment: Duke us killing Cal in recruiting. The sky is falling!
    Can’t make this stuff up, lots of our fans are absolutely ridiculous.



    • 4everUKblue
      11:57 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Excellent point Booby….lol



    • 4everUKblue
      11:58 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Truth really is stranger than fiction.



    • Skeps
      3:47 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      “Same fans after Zion recruitment.” Let’s just lump everyone that disagrees with you together. Does “same fans” encompass EVERY fan you disagree with? Here’s a crazy theory, a fanbase has many,many different opinions about what is best. You like it when the media labels a few fans as all Kentucky fans?



    • Blue Bill
      5:52 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah, that’s it….. recruit less talented players….. hello Tubby, Billy G. Years.



  9. Delk for 3
    11:45 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    You say that Diallo is certainly leaving??? Based on what? Because early mock drafts take some guesses based on phenomenal athleticism? Pretty soon, those mock drafts will be refreshing their picks, and Diallo’s name will more than likely not be found in first round projections.
    An NBA team will, in no way whatsoever, waste a first-round pick on a guard who can’t score consistently. I don’t care how high he can jump.
    He might leave, but it won’t be because of a guaranteed first-round selection.



    • Mathlete
      12:10 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Because after about 5 picks this year you can basically pull names from a hat and have an equal chance of being a role player or a bust. Why would you not cash in if you know you can get guaranteed money?



    • Kat4Life
      12:35 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Delk….you and I are 100% aligned on Diallo…..I remember the first time I saw him, he was a very athletic kid that had no basketball IQ at all. He missed passes, hogged the ball, never played defense, and generally posed around the gym like he was Julius Erving or something……the guy has been exposed, big time. He is not a D-1 talent, much less an NBA talent. Hell, it started in the U18 team Cal coached (and that was the end of Reddish, Langford, and Bol by the way); Diallo looked like crap in every game I watched. He’s a leak in the rotation. Should be 3rd or 4th off the bench. Seriously.



  10. 4everUKblue
    11:47 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Has anyone else noticed that those who are criticizing Cal for his lack of recruiting one and dones are some of the same people criticizing Cal for recruiting one and dones instead of recruiting lesser players who will stay 3 or 4 years?



    • Booby Petrino
      11:53 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yes, see comment 8 above lol



    • 4everUKblue
      11:56 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Sorry about that Booby, guess I was typing when you posted that.



    • Booby Petrino
      1:33 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      All good, I’m just glad someone else noticed too



    • Skeps
      3:56 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Absolutely. The ones who are critical of Cal’s system are the reason we’re losing. Those fans need to get in line or they’ll be stripped of their Kentucky fanhood. People get on a forum to discuss what the problems are and you prefer to shoot them down all the while offering no fixes yourself. You’ve probably adopted the “In Cal I trust” slogan.



    • AmazzzingLarry
      11:58 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Here is the logic, 4everUKblue and Booby Petrino. I don’t particularly like getting to know an entirely new roster every year and it’s frustrating watching them stumble through SEC play making the same freshman mistakes over and over. BUT, I support this model as long as it works. For one-and-done to work, however, you must get the cream of the crop, right? At minimum, you need at least one top 5 and multiple top 10 players, which is what Cal has done consistently until last year. What’s happening with the current roster- the lack of a consistent go-to guy, is the result of not having a single ultra-elite player. Missing on Zion and RJ and Cam and Bol and Simi and Romeo means the Cats missed again for next year, which means that for the first time we aren’t getting the players needed to make the one-and-done system work. So it is possible to not like the one-and-done system and be unhappy with UK missing on the top talent because whether you like the system or not, it won’t work without the best freshman recruits. The upside is that most of the current roster should return, so if you truly hate the one-and-done, next year should be a nice change of pace.

      Skeps, you aren’t president of the Kentucky Fan Club. You have no more right to call yourself a fan than the rest of us. People have the right to voice dissenting opinions and still be fans of the program. We are not all mindless followers. Doesn’t mean we don’t support our team.



  11. classof68
    11:49 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    If Cal made top dollar I could understand the criticisms. Maybe Mitch will give him a big raise like he does with Stoops almost every year.



    • Mathlete
      12:11 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      By top dollar, do you mean “one of the highest paid coaches at any level of any sport”? Because that’s where Cal is right now…



    • classof68
      3:18 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yup, you got it.



  12. christopher81
    11:55 am January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Zion He won’t be able to play the position he wants to play SF. They will put him down low and he is undersized for that position like PJ Washington is. But with duke he won’t get the touches or the work that he needs at where he wants to play. Hell look at bolden when he went there he’s ganna be a three or four year player now



  13. FACTS
    12:16 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Cal sucks



    • 4everUKblue
      12:59 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yeah his record in the time he’s been here is terrible…..Do you even know what his winning percentage is?



    • runningunnin.454
      1:37 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      No, he doesn’t; facts has no facts, just bs.
      Cal’s winning pct at UK is 0.82, ranking up there with the top three coaches in history,
      Sam Burton at W Texas A&M in the 20’s,
      Clair Bee at Long Island U in the 30’s,
      and Adolph Rupp…maybe he’s heard of him.
      Cal’s overall winning percent is 0.78, higher than Coach K and Dean Smith.
      For reference, Knute Rockne’s winning percent is 0.88 and Nick Saban’s is 0.78
      Class dismissed.



  14. FACTS
    12:16 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    We don’t get Bol Bol or Zion



  15. Mathlete
    12:17 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I’m not sweating Zion to Dook. Yeah, we wanted him and K got him, but if he wants to go dance to High School Musical songs and spend the last 2 weekends of the tournament in Durham instead of playing that’s his choice.

    We’ll be fine guys, don’t panic.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:41 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Funny bc you would be ecstatic if wr got him and no we wont be fine. Stop



    • Mathlete
      3:14 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Umm, yeah, I’d have been happy to have him. That doesn’t mean I’m going to jump off a bridge because we didn’t. Those are totally different things.

      And if your crystal ball is already telling you that we won’t be fine, can you ask it about Wednesdays Powerball numbers for me?



  16. jduff32
    12:18 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Let’s just kick their ass next year. We’ve had that kind of talent before. 2009, and we got beat by WV in the elite eight. Let’s just put our heads down, get to work, and kick their asses.



  17. Han
    12:18 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Another big factor for next year:

    We’ll do an overseas/foreign trip (like the year we platooned), giving us extra practice time for the freshmen next year to adjust. Cal will also be able to install more defense and offense than he can most years with young teams. And then we’ll get that major test at the start of the season when we play Duke.



    • BigBlueNationDude
      12:42 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Cal hasnt and will not install defense to these guys. They just cant guard anyone and will not rebound. You think 1 year is gonna change everything?



    • GM1978
      4:51 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      It normally does in NCAAB—the biggest transformation for players is from the Fresh-Soph jump

      Excellent point about the foreign trip—extra practice time and team bonding opportunities



  18. sp
    12:39 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    When is our fan base going to look at itself in the mirror and take some of the blame as well. If I were a top recruit, I would want anything to do with the BBN. Any little bad thing they do is magnified to the point our actual fans are tweeting these guys telling they suck and they need to transfer. Why would anyone want to deal with that. Beside the fact that Rupp Arena is a shell of itself. Chunks of empty seats. Student section half empty. Blue hairs in the lower level asleep in their seats. It’s an easy sell against our program. These top recruits have 1 season where ever they go. Why deal with it. You can try to justify it by telling yourself they aren’t tough or good enough to come to UK. That’s laughable. They don’t want to come here in part because our fan base has become pretty shitty.



    • Bobbum Man
      1:24 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Yes I’m sure his reasonsing was he didn’t want to play in 23k capacity Rupp because there were a few patches of empty seats in a couple of games… so I’ll go play in 10k capacity Cameron, makes sense. Also if you think duke or any other blue blood doesn’t have ignorant fans just as we do then ur a bit naive. You may not see them because you don’t frequent duke message boards etc but I assure you they’re there



    • Skeps
      4:03 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve heard it all now. It’s the fans fault. Many reasons why the seats aren’t sold out. I’m sure a lot of people that decided against going to last night’s game are glad they didn’t. But, it’s their fault for not spending money and time to watch mediocre basketball. Wouldn’t it be funny if all those same fans just quit watching all together? You’d probably blame them again for the losses.



    • sp
      5:48 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Prove it

      Go find a screenshot of a duke fan tweeting one of their players telling them the [email protected]?ing suck and should leave.

      It’s Pretty easy in BBN land



    • sp
      5:49 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      10k roudy excited fans jumping for joy vs 20k fans looking at their phones or sleeping or reading or knitting…that’s what rupp is



    • Skeps
      6:07 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      Go do a simple Google search. I’m not doing it for you because you’re lazy. When I watched the game last night I saw and heard 20k+ fans cheering for Kentucky. Apparently you look at the Rupp Arena crowd with disdain. You know you’re right. When a player turns over the ball I’m going to start blaming the fans. I’ll pick a random fan out of the crowd and blame them for it because they didn’t cheer for it.



  19. bluecat15
    12:41 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    If we make a run at the end of the year, draft stock will rise. Agree Hami gone no matter what. If we don’t make that run, several freshmen next year.



  20. binarysolo
    1:32 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Like many have already said, it’ll be interesting to see how K adjusts to these newfound riches.

    It’s very likely Duke loses their entire starting lineup after this year. Since they have practically no bench depth, they’ll be starting from scratch (like we always do) but this time they will be in uncharted waters as they will return no upperclassmen who played significant minutes. I may be wrong but I can’t remember the last time they were in a situation like this.



  21. AirForceOne
    2:07 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    SW, SW, SW, N..
    Some will, Some won’t , So What. Next!!



  22. FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
    2:08 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    James Wiseman won’t be able to fulfill all the requirements the NCAA needs before August since he transferred high schools because of the TSSAA (Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association). So please, bleeping stop. This is probably the most ignorant thing I’ve seen from out fan base. Also Duke has two titles (2010 and 2015) in the “one-and-done” era of Cal being at UK, so do a little more homework next time. The U-19 experience was a total blunder. Before Bol Bol was likely going to be the first or second guy to commit because it was a known that Quickley would be coming to UK, instead his feelings about being coached by Cal were altered because of not making the roster (even though it wasn’t solely Cal’s choice), Louis King wanted to come to UK but wasn’t offered because it was an assumed lock that UK would get at least one if not two of Reddish, Barrett, Williamson and all three went to Duke. This whole collapse can go all the way back to the Hail Mary of letting Barrett light up almost 40 on USA but in the process other guys got theirs and USA loses. Because of the U-19 stuff UK lost out on Bol, some combination of Barrett/Williamson/Reddish, and in my opinion Shareef O’Neal would’ve come to UK if Bol did.



    • notsofast95
      12:25 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      2010 wasn’t in the one-and-done era for Duke though, that team was mostly upperclassmen.



  23. 8XChamps
    2:12 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    UK beats dUKe first game of the season next year #CatsBy90



  24. ebow1
    2:14 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Here’s what it means. We lost out an an undersized athlete that can jump and dunks at will on high school kids. Don’t care that we didn’t get him. Hate that duke gets “credit”!!



  25. the ghost of Bill Hicks
    2:15 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    By the way we’re looking, I expect all of our current players to be back next year.



  26. TonyMontana
    2:29 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I think everybody might be overthinking it. The kids like Kentucky, they like the players that came here before. They want to go to a big program. As you can see he picked Duke… so he didnt want to be “The Guy”… It may be as simple as they dont want to get YELLED AT EVERY SINGLE TRIP DOWN THE COURT! Just watching how Cal is to these kids makes me uncomfortable. Take a chill pill. Try a different approach. I know it cant be just me.



    • runningunnin.454
      8:58 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Cal is my Coach; but, I’ll agree with that. That’s what locker rooms and closed practices are for…some things don’t need to be in public and on the sidelines during the games.



    • rockatao
      10:20 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

      I’ve always thought that teams reflect the personality of their coach. K is calm and positive on the sideline and his Duke teams reflect that on the court. Cal is frantic on the sideline and this team reflects that



  27. timewilltell
    2:40 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Some NBA GM May take a chance in Diallo and/or Knox and that is what really matters in the decision to stay or go. IMHO not one player on this team is NBA ready.



  28. rabblerabblerabble
    2:57 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    I would presume someone who gets paid to write about college basketball on KSR would know that the “one and done rule” has been around since the 2005 collective bargaining agreement. Rat face has got two titles since then.



  29. wildcat2012
    3:17 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Of course Duke will be in today to watch Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antonie play. Two of the guys I want most in next years class. And where is Cal? Hoping that they will just want to come to UK. Just sad how arrogant he has gotten since 2012 and I hate his pitch for recruits now



  30. GM1978
    4:56 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    What is wrong with the “recruiting pitch” which has netted top classes every single year?

    Proof is in the pudding…



  31. garygmc1
    5:11 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Sorry, but (sniff sniff) boo hoo!

    Maybe this is the foreshadowing of the end of the end of the one and done era! I can only hope.



    • Java57
      5:59 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

      What are the chances Duke’s top 3 for 2018 go pro before ever playing a game? Wonder where that would leave coach K and crew? What would Cal look like then?



  32. notFromhere
    5:31 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Means nothing for UK. Could have saved y all a ton of typing



  33. Kywc4l
    5:37 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Calipari has lost it..Hami is not ready…knox inconsistent..cali can only coach super stars which he has none..



  34. Java57
    6:19 pm January 21, 2018 Permalink

    Calipari is actually in great shape for 2018. The guys he’s signed aren’t likely to turn pro right out of high school next year, no matter what happens to the NBA’s one and done rule. Duke’s top 3 would be gone in a flash if that rule changes before this year’s draft.



  35. Freedom Stacks
    1:13 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

    You are actually wrong. You said coach cal and K have won the same number of titles in the one and done era. That is incorrect. Duke has won 2 and UK has only won 1. They totally stole 2 of ours. We should have 3 to their 0, but we don’t. I get you are trying to console us, but you are wrong.
    I hate Duke. And I hate they freaking are doing better than we are at what Cal started. Makes me sick to my stomach and I wish K would just freakin retire.



    • notsofast95
      12:35 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

      Coach K did not have any one-and-dones on the 2010 roster, so you’re wrong.



  36. Headhurts
    5:18 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Ky’s not for everybody, If he likes puke then enough said, here son have another jellly donut.



  37. Rabbi Li
    7:01 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Jack “I Have No Clue How Jerry Tipton Does It, But I’ll Try” Pilgrim said,”Without Williamson, Kentucky has no ‘it’ factor guys committed for next season. Immanuel Quickley, Keldon Johnson, and Tyler Herro are all stellar prospects, but there is no superstar headliner. There is no one to single-handedly take over a game and dominate.”

    Jack, do you have an understanding of basketball? Would you rather pick a subject that you feel comfortable talking about?

    The past 10 National Championships were all won by ‘teams.’ There were no LeBron James, Kobe’s, or Kevin Durants. Even Kentucky’s team that had Anthony Davis in 2012 didn’t win with him averaging 30pts & 15 rebounds. UK in 2012 had 6 players that averaged doubled figures in points & 3 players who averaged more than 7 rebounds per game.

    Disciplined talent that players together as a team wins Championships. The only visible trouble on our bench currently is Diallo’s 4th grade attitude when Cal is trying to coach the kid. He’ll likely be the first off the boat at the end of the season.

    We will have a solid returning class to add some solid high school talent. Next years class appears to be one of Calipari’s more mature selection of individuals (coachability means we grow quicker – Nov/Dec instead of dragging on potentially halfway into February).



  38. 4mrcatathlete
    9:26 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

    Why are we talking about titles? I’m huge UK fan, yes PJ was fouled, but what D1 college team doesn’t have an under basket in bounds play that is guaranteed to get a shot? Our team that is the answer. We get possterized by other teams on in bounds plays, but all we do is lob to our biggest guys outside arm 16 feet from the basket … all game every game ….. ok I am done



  39. Alleykat16
    9:56 am January 22, 2018 Permalink

    It means we dont have a big guy coming in next year unless someone reclassifies which may very well happen but we got some big guys that’s going to be back next year from this team I’m hoping Killia-Jones stays and doesn’t go to the g- league we will have to wait and see I think Cal and coaching staff did a great job with Skal he will make a living in the NBA and half way through his freshman year I thought he would never make it in the league but he has done great for himself and the way they coached him up while her may have hurt Cal with recruiting big guys



  40. wildcat2012
    12:49 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    For what it’s worth, Zion hasn’t signed with Duke yet. So who knows, maybe something happens.



  41. kbh1025
    1:04 pm January 22, 2018 Permalink

    As much as this dude looked awesome to have, the dude is known for absolutely nothing besides dunking, agggaiinnnnssssttttt 5’ nothing scrawny white kids who look like they should be part of the chess club. Don’t get me wrong, the buzz this dude has would be awesome to have, but I think his hype is much more than what he is gonna be able to do.. Plus, look at the dude, he’s a jumping chuck hayes.. too small for his actual position and a tad over weight. Once he gets to college, he’ll follow the path of bolden