If no one else commits......UK will still have the third best recruiting class in the country and a top five team preseason. With Skal, Poythress, and Marcus Lee protecting the rim, the Cats will still be a strong defensive team, but may have trouble scoring at times. What Kentucky needs most right now is a big wing--cough, Jaylen Brown, cough--but if that doesn't happen, Cal has plenty of different options to plug the hole, including playing Alex as a four in a guard-heavy rotation or playing Alex as a three alongside Marcus Lee and Skal. If Derek Willis commits himself this summer, he could become the x-factor. Another option on the table is Tai Wynyard reclassifying, but the last time he spoke about it, that didn't sound very likely, or if so, he would join the team for the second semester. On the radio show this morning, Matt and Ryan drew a comparison to this year's Louisville team but with a better rim protector in Skal Labissiere. With college basketball as a whole down this year, I'll take that, especially with Tyler Ulis at the helm. Possible lineups: G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Mychal Mulder G/F: Charles Matthews/Derek Willis F: Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee C: Skal Labissiere Likelihood: A legit possibility worth coming to terms with
If Jamal Murray reclassifies and commits...Jamal Murray Shooting guard 6'5", 180 lbs. Toronto, ON (Athlete Institute) Kentucky, Oregon ...then this team will be in much better shape. Right now, Kentucky needs a scorer, and Murray is just that, with a nice stroke from the outside and ability to fire off the catch or dribble. UK just shored up its outside attack with Mulder, but pulling in Murray would make the Cats a very well-rounded team offensively. Possible lineup: G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Mychal Mulder G: Jamal Murray/Charles Matthews F: Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee/Derek Willis C: Skal Labissiere Likelihood: If he visits, high
If Jaylen Brown commits...Jaylen Brown Small Forward 6’7â€³, 220 lbs. Alpharetta, Georgia (Wheeler) Kentucky, Kansas, California, Michigan, North Carolina ...then pop the bubbly. UK's biggest question mark right now is the three spot, and by adding Brown, UK will once again have an elite starting lineup. While Brown took the big step of narrowing his list from eight to five yesterday, nobody really knows what's going on with his recruitment. A lot has been made about his allegiance to adidas, which may be the reason Michigan, also an adidas school, has the latest buzz. Given how bizarre his recruitment has been lately, I'm going to bet that's the only reason. Possible lineup: G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Mychal Mulder/Charles Matthews F: Jaylen Brown/Derek Willis F: Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee C: Skal Labissiere Likelihood: Don't count on it
If UK gets Brown and Murray...Girls hit your hallelujah (whuoo) Girls hit your hallelujah (whuoo) Girls hit your hallelujah (whuoo) I don't see this happening, but if it does, Calipari will have filled two major areas of need. If he can pull this off, he really is a magician. Possible lineups: G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Jamal Murray/Mychal Mulder F: Jaylen Brown/Charles Matthews/Derek Willis F: Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee C: Skal Labissiere G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Mychal Mulder G: Jamal Murray /Charles Matthews F: Jaylen Brown/Alex Poythress/Derek Willis C: Skal Labissiere/Marcus Lee Likelihood: Very doubtful
Even if Jaylen Brown doesn't commit...Shaun Kirk Combo forward 6'8", 185 lbs. Whiteville, North Carolina Committed to NC State ...expect UK to further pursue Shaun Kirk, a 3-star combo forward. Kirk committed to NC State last night, but hasn't signed yet. Even if UK does land Brown, the staff may still want to add Kirk for added depth, especially in practice. Possible lineups: G: Tyler Ulis/Dominique Hawkins G: Isaiah Briscoe/Mychal Mulder F/G: Derek Willis/Shaun Kirk/Charles Matthews F: Alex Poythress/Marcus Lee/Shaun Kirk C: Skal Labissiere Likelihood: I would if I were him
How do you see the rest of the class panning out?