Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1) shoots against Connecticut Huskies center Amida Brimah (35) in the second half during the championship game of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: A Realistic 2014-15 Dream Team

Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

After an amazing NCAA tournament run, it’s time to start picking up the pieces and start looking ahead at the 2014-15 season.  However, it is also this time of year that unfortunately we expect some our newly favorited Wildcat players.  With that being said, few fans expect Julius Randle to return and maybe even James Young as well.  But realistically, at least two players will probably have to either leave for the NBA or transfer due to the lack of scholarships on the team.

Next season’s team recruiting class has been ranked #2 by ESPN, with commits from Karl Towns Jr., Trey Lyles, Tyler Ulis and Devin Booker.   Towns and Lyles could bring an instant impact to the team from day one.  However as for Booker and Ulis, they are good without question, but if some of Kentucky’s current players return, they could potentially find themselves playing as reserves behind the current players.

Currently no player has commented on whether or not they are staying or going and the NCAA deadline to withdraw from the NBA draft is April 15.  However, the NBA’s deadline is at 5PM on June 15, which would allow players to declare up until then, but would negate the possibly to return to college basketball.  So, while we may or may not get an answer in the following days up to April 15, fans are still on out of the woods just yet.

Regardless of who stays or leaves, the potential of returning players is still there.  Even Willie Cauley-Stein mentioned an emptiness that needs to be filled after the national title game.  We will find out what that means in the days to come.  However, here is what could realistically happen as far as the roster goes for next season:

2014-15 Dream Team

Aaron and Andrew Harrison

Willie Cauley-Stein

Alex Poythress

Marcus Lee

Dakari Johnson

Dominique Hawkins

Derek Willis

Tyler Ulis

Devin Booker

Karl Towns Jr.

Trey Lyles

Imagine what that team would be like if everything falls into place.  Again we will just have to wait and see in the days and weeks to come.

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