With college basketball season just around the corner there is already plenty of talk about this Kentucky Wildcats team and how talented they are. The media has already had some pretty expected and unexpected predictions already and the season hasn’t even kicked off yet. Some of the expected predictions are that Kentucky will win the SEC for the 46th time this year. Also four Wildcats were named to the pre-season All SEC squads, including Julius Randle as pictured above being named as a first team All SEC and Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison and Dakari Johnson all making the All SEC second team.
Now for the unexpected part of all this that some might have expected but not me, and that is that Julius Randle is predicted to win the SEC Player of The Year in the 2013-14 season. Now that is a pretty big deal for Kentucky fans because we already knew that Randle would be a force but now there is talk that Calipari has moved Randle to the small forward position a lot to try and challenge him to get quicker on his feet and establish his outside game for the next level. Randle and Calipari both know that in this day and age at 6’8″ you have to have an outside game because in the NBA you are much more likely to be a success if you can do the stuff under the basket but also be able to extend your game for long range jumpers and three point line. All that said, I am extremely excited to watch this young Wildcat team perform tomorrow night on ESPN at 7:30 with Jimmy Dykes and former Western Kentucky/South Carolina Head Coach Darrin Horn commentating.