Kentucky Wildcat Basketball: Sorting out the scholarship situation for 2013-14

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Jan 12, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts in the game against the Texas A

As the calendar turns to February, the has been a new tradition among the BBN concerning John Calipari’s team. That is playing the “scholarship game” With the advent of the “one and done era”, John Calipari has had to sign increasingly bigger classes in order to field a team next year. With six current commits for the 2013 class and the buzz that the number may grow, UK fans are asking if there will be enough scholarships available for the next top rated class. It’s a tricky task and some coaches like Tom Crean and Rick Pitino oversign like crazy and then have to boot players or “just hope things sort themselves out”. Calipari has been a master of keeping the scholarship numbers in check however. With that in mind, let’s take a look at where we stand now and how things will sort out by May.

As of now, Kentucky has thirteen players on the roster and twelve are on scholarship. Tod Lanter is a walk-on, so at the moment, Kentucky has one free scholarship headed into next season.

Next come the seniors. Julius Mays and Twany Beckham will bid adieu when the season ends. So we will have three available scholarships with six or more incoming recruits. If history follows its course. There will be some NBA attrition.

All of Kentucky’s four players have been mentioned by one mock draft or another as being likely to be drafted. Let’s see where some of the projections have the players.

NERLENS NOEL
NBA DRAFT.NET – 4th
DRAFTEXPRESS.COM – 2nd
NBADRAFTROOM blog – 4th
CHAD FORD (ESPN) – 1st

ARCHIE GOODWIN
NBA DRAFT.NET – 17th
DRAFTEXPRESS.COM – 9th
NBADRAFTROOM blog – 9th
CHAD FORD (ESPN) – 11th

ALEX POYTHRESS
NBA DRAFT.NET – 14th (in 2014)
DRAFTEXPRESS.COM – 8th
NBADRAFTROOM blog – 10th (in 2014)
CHAD FORD (ESPN) – 10th

WILLIE CAULEY-STEIN
NBA DRAFT.NET – 10th
DRAFTEXPRESS.COM – 15th (in 2014)
NBADRAFTROOM blog – 17th
CHAD FORD (ESPN) – 24th

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