Apr 7, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; The Kentucky Wildcats huddle before the championship game of the Final Four against the Connecticut Huskies in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Should They Stay Or Should They Go?


With the NBA Draft approaching very quickly the 2 questions among Wildcat fans and people everywhere is “who is staying at UK?” and  “who is leaving?”. These questions seem to haunt Kentucky fans every year as Cal has made his Wildcat teams full of tremendously talented players whom in fact have been “one and dones”. This year seems to be a little bit different with the announcement earlier today from Willie Cauley-Stein saying he is staying and by the ways that guys are keeping a lot to themselves than they have previous years. Some of these guys that are sure first rounders are actually taking their time to declare so they are clearly seeing who is going to be the first one to step in the direction of the NBA.

For me, I think that the only players that should leave this season are Freshmen Julius Randle, James Young and Dakari Johnson. Some will say, “Dakari? Are You Kidding Me?” The answer to that is “no I am not” because with Cauley-Stein staying, along with most likely big men Marcus Lee and Alex Poythress it would make some sense for Johnson to head out now as this draft is not very deep at the true Center position. That paired with  the recruits coming in to UK such as Karl Towns and Trey Lyles this team would have too many big men and that would cost playing time to someone.

But if both of these guys stay as well as the Harrison twins that’s just more talent for Cal to work with and that’ll be no problem for UK fans to embrace. This team could be absolutely stacked if only Young and Randle leave with 2 full lineups of very talented players with more McDonald’s All-Americans than maybe any other team in NCAA history. Time will tell how this all pans out but the anticipation is growing as the time for their announcements comes closer and closer.

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  • diverdown48

    Dakari Johnson and James Young should both stay along with the Harrison twins and everyone else that can except for Julius Randle. He is ready for the NBA and can pull down a chunk of money if he goes. That said I would love to see him stay.
    Johnson needs another year to sharpen his skills and grow up some. One more year will help him. This years draft is deep and being one of the few centers doesn’t matter so much. If the best available players are forwards and guards than they will go first.
    The Harrison twins can better their draft position by staying. James Young has a lot of work to do. He was up and down. He missed way too many three pointers, didn’t defend all that well and made a lot of bad shots. He needs another year to get better at a very competitive position that is loaded in this NBA draft.
    Cauley-Stein made the right choice. With three big 7 footers two can be on the court at all times. UK lost the championship game this year due to Willie’s injury I honestly believe.
    I am not so sure Julius Randle will go either. The hesitation on his part may mean a National Championship ring is more important to him than the NBA.