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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Would the Perfect Roster Look Like to Make All Fans Happy?

The University of Kentucky men’s basketball photo day on September 11, 2017. Silhouette Photo by Chet White | UK Athletics

It always has been and always will be a split amongst UK fans about how the basketball roster has been composed under John Calipari.  Freshman dominated teams have won a national title and been to 4 Final Fours but also have led to a lot of frustrating results both during the regular season and NCAA Tournament.  But let’s be real, people had frustration how the Tubby Smith rosters were created and I am sure for every coach.  Coaches have to go all-in with whatever kind of program they want and own it.

But if a roster could be created that would appease 100% of UK fans, what would that look like?  I did my best to categorize what a starting five plus five reserves and a couple walk-ons would look like that all fans would support.

*Beloved Senior Who Slowly Worked Way Into Starting Lineup
*5-star Elite Freshman
*5-star Elite Freshman
*4-Star Sophomore Ready To Make Significant Jump in Contributions
*Steady Role Player aka Glue Guy (likely Soph or Junior)

*Senior from Kentucky
*Dependable Junior Reserve
*3-point specialist of any class
*4-star Freshman
*4-star Freshman
*Walk-On Liked By Fans
*Brad Calipari

What do you think?  What would the PERFECT ROSTER be composed of?

Article written by Bryan the Intern

15 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: What Would the Perfect Roster Look Like to Make All Fans Happy?

  1. rainman
    10:26 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Winners, who play for the name on the front, and not the back!

    • Wilfred Smith
      10:49 am April 24, 2019 Permalink


      Do you go to work for the name on the sign out front, not the name on the paycheck?

    • Sergeant
      12:29 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Wilfred Smith, Yes, I do.

  2. dctawk
    10:34 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    No matter the roster, you will have to be able to play for the team. You have to be able to press and zone up. Can’t EVER play stall ball. EVER….. In spite of all the griping, though, Cal is still the guy for us right now. Then we move on to Brad Stevens.

  3. Duey Lampier
    10:40 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    As long as they have amazing wing spans and can dunk, I’m happy. Being able to shoot or play for the love of the program are optional.

    • kybirdieman
      11:06 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      What a lame sttatement. Don’t guess it matters if they can shoot or hit free throws or guard their man, ie Auburn. The majority of dunks come in transition against weaker teams.

  4. Blue Bill
    10:41 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    I’ll take the most talented players we can find. Period. Don’t care if they’re one and done’s, transfers or my neighbors Labrador if they give us a chance to be the best.

    • 3Goggles
      10:43 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

      Your neighbors labrador is a dick and if he ever suits up at kentucky ill cheer for you of el. go cayts

  5. DelrayCat
    11:09 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    How about use the scholarships that you are allotted????
    Even in your example, you only had 10 accounted for scholarship players… Teams get 13. I just simply don’t understand why a team would not use them all … are you afraid that you may deter good players from coming here because you have some scrubs on the bench? We’ve seen it over and over again…good teams who have a chance lose a key guy or two to injury or mid-season transfer and then you’re left with 7, maybe 8 players at the end of the year and no real chance to succeed in the tournament.

  6. Sentient Third Eye
    11:35 am April 24, 2019 Permalink

    Looks good, but instead of categorizing by stars, I would do it by saying two freshmen who are top-twenty (the ones Cal typically recruits) and two reserve freshmen who are 16-50ish, basically the kind of kinds Tubby or Billy Donovan used always go after. That might also include even “three stars” who can be developed into “five star” performers by fixing a few flaws. Donovan won back-to-back titles that way, but it was lighting in a bottle, so it’s better to only rely on them as reserves as a way to hedge our bets.

    Also, to keep with the times, one spot reserved for grad transfers!

  7. wesmorgan1
    3:34 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    You forgot one:

    * Lightly recruited guy who came out of nowhere to be ‘best sixth man in basketball’ and defensive killer.

  8. Luether
    4:06 pm April 24, 2019 Permalink

    The PERFECT ROSTER wouldn’t have Cal Jr on it…

  9. JDizzle14
    9:33 am April 25, 2019 Permalink

    Well, if u remember, thats basically what the first 6 of the 2012 title team looked like…..AD, MKG, Teague, Jones, Lamb, Darius…..that title of which would nvr have been won without the 2 sophs and the sr…..

  10. east-ky-boy
    3:54 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    We will never be happy. So this isn’t possible. Tubby could coach but couldn’t recruit. Cal can recruit but can’t coach. We go after the top players and we complain because they leave after a year. If we don’t get them then we complain because we aren’t getting the top recruits anymore. And on and on

  11. timer2
    4:28 pm April 25, 2019 Permalink

    6th man out of Lexington who reminds folks of a freight train. Rebounds, drives the length of the floor – usually breaking a guard’s ankles about mid-court – and throws down a ferocious left-handed dunk to end the play. Uniform #32.