Whatever satisfaction you’ve gained from watching John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats struggle this year, you might as well throw all that happiness out the window and watch it get impaled by an 18-wheeler. UK already had a recruiting class that tops the nation for next season and they were projected as the frontrunner to win it all, now you might as well pack it in because with the addition of #2 ranked player in nation Julius Randle (pictured above with Beyonce), any hopes of another team coming close to hoisting up that championship trophy is nonexistent. The Wildcats now boaster a roster that contains arguably the two best guards in the country Andrew and Aaron Harrison, while having top-10 overall talents Dakari Johnson and James Young. Let’s also add Marcus Lee who many believe is a five-star recruit.
Coach Cal has won again.
After losing Nerlens Noel due to injury — he would’ve left after this season anyway — Kentucky continued to struggle and the locals weren’t the happiest. Sure, the expectations for the Wildcats weren’t as high as last year, but fans wanted more. What made things worse was the loss in the first-round of the NIT to lowly Robert Morris, and then the rumblings of guard Ryan Harrow possibly transferring — he was mighty comfortable shacking up in Calipari’s doghouse all season.
So the question is: Who will stay?
Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress, and Willie Cauley-Stein were the only bright spots this season, and with all these new and better toys Calipari has coming in, where do these three players fit in? Could Coach Cal make it work if they decide to stay? Will it hurt their draft statuses? These questions will be answered in the coming months, but I feel that it’s in their best interest to transfer — they aren’t ready for the NBA just yet.