Last week, several recruiting gurus switched their picks for Marques Bolden to Kentucky in 247’s Crystal Ball, a bit of a surprise given how packed UK’s 2016 class is already. Jerry Meyer was one of those gurus and yesterday, told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that after talking to some sources, he trusts that the 6’10” Bolden will “likely” end up at Kentucky.
That’s pretty encouraging, but I found Meyer’s comments about how Calipari balances so much elite talent much more interesting. While many recruits would be deterred by so many five-stars and so little playing time, Meyer argues that the best players see it as a plus:
“Somebody’s going to have to sit on the bench,” Meyer said. “Calipari has sort of got it to a point where he’s challenging guys – almost challenging their manhood if they want to fight for minutes. The opportunity for early playing time is there, obviously, because of the high rate of turnover. But you’re going there moreso to develop. It’s not about showcasing your talent. If a player wants to showcase their talent, they make a decision like Malik Newman made and go to Mississippi State.
“You don’t really go to Kentucky to showcase your talent. Your numbers are going to be lower. Your playing time might be lower. You go there for the regimen and the competition in practice and the daily grind. And to endure the pressure.”
Really interesting stuff from Meyer at the Herald-Leader, so give them a click and check it out. And then enjoy these new Marques Bolden highlights: