Slowly but surely, the picture of next year’s team is becoming clearer. Last week, we found out that Willie Cauley-Stein and Marcus Lee were both returning, shoring up what will no doubt be one of the best frontcourts in the nation next season. Then, as expected, James Young announced he was declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft through a press release sent out by UK. The latest news came out just a few hours ago, as Julius Randle announced in a press conference that he was in fact forgoing his remaining eligibility and joining James Young in declaring for the 2014 NBA Draft. With four of the announcements out at this point, only four remain. Let’s break down the remaining decisions below.
Alex Poythress- John Calipari met up with Poythress yesterday to talk about his options and what information he was hearing from the NBA. According to Kyle Tucker, the meeting between the two went very well and Calipari was able to clear up a lot for Poythress. It has been said before, his main concern was playing time on next year’s team. Not to mention, there have been murmurs that his heart is leading him to stay in Lexington. If things were truly cleared up for him by Calipari, then I say he follows his heart and returns for his junior season.
Dakari Johnson- Maybe the most puzzling decision ahead, Dakari has a tough decision to make. The obvious chooice would be for him to return for his sophomore season, but an already crowded frontcourt could limit his playing time. Translation, his development throughout next season would be limited by returning. This might push him to forgo his remaining eligibility and declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. My guess, however, is that he returns for his sophomore season and slides back into the starting role that he held for the majority of this season.
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