I have officially narrowed my college choices to… Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State, UNC
— Tyus Jones (@Tyusjones06) November 4, 2012
I know that no one should really be shocked, but the top player in the 2014 class has John Calipari’s Kentucky Wildcats in his top seven. Tyus Jones, who is ranked the best recruit in 2014 by Scout and ESPN, narrowed his list over the weekend. Perhaps the best thing about Jones list is that there are no direct rivals (Florida, Louisville) on the list. It seemed for a while that Calipari had settlled on Emmanuel Mudiay as his PG choice for 2014 and that he was not paying that much attention to Jones. Once the summer hit, Calipari focused in on Jones as well and as of now, Mudiay and Jones are the only two 2014 PG’s with offers.
The Kentucky Wildcats face Transylvania tonight and one thing to look for is the ever changing combinations of players that John Calipari will employ tonight. I think that we saw about 12 different combinations against Northwood and we should probably expect to see the same tonight, and possibly look for Jon Hood to get more looks.
One of the key points to watch will be the Cats’ use of several different lineup combinations. Calipari substituted almost constantly Thursday night, hoping to find what group out of the top seven works in every given scenario.
“Coach Cal has been working on it every day,” freshman Nerlens Noel said. “I think we will be able to improve on the execution within those lineups. Every lineup is different; you have to know a couple of different spots.”
Early on, freshman Archie Goodwin has emerged as maybe the top scoring option for UK. With 32 points in the Blue-White game and 22 against Northwood, Goodwin appears to have the aggressiveness and play-making ability to be one of the top scorers in the SEC.
Sophomore Ryan Harrow will continue to work on his progression as the next Calipari point guard. After a quality stat line against Northwood with 15 points, five assists, four steals and only two turnovers, Harrow will have the opportunity to show what he has against a slightly better opponent in Transy.
Now that the 2012-13 Kentucky Wildcat basketball season is upon us and we are near the end of the political season, John Clay has a five point plan on how to relax and enjoy the season without getting too neurotic: I have to say that Clay is being bipartisan and I can agree with point number one. You can check out the rest of his list here:
No. 1: Avoid compulsive comparing. Last year’s team was last year’s team. This year’s team is this year’s team. Last year’s team won the n ational championship This year’s team, with a little luck, could win the national championship. Let the similarities end there.
Nerlens Noel is not Anthony Davis. Alex Poythress is not Terrence Jones. Archie Goodwin is not Doron Lamb. Ryan Harrow is not Marquis Teague. And there is no one, on this team or any other team, like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
This year’s team will have its own identity, its own cast of characters, its own strengths and weaknesses. Be aware and don’t compare. It’s not healthy.