During a phone interview, ESPN broadcaster Dan Shulman talked a little bit about the freshmen returning for their sophomore season with the Kentucky Wildcats. I was given the opportunity to interview Shulman last Friday since I cover the St. Louis Cardinals at Redbird Rants. With Shulman being a college basketball broadcaster for ESPN, I figured to ask him about the Kentucky Wildcats.
When asked what to make of the early expectations for next year’s team after it was announced that the Cats would return the majority of the All-Americans in their freshmen class, Shulman responded:
“This is a national runner-up as a group of freshmen. I think they should be great next year. They were a different team in March and April then they were in November through February.
“I think it’s great that they are coming back to be honest with you. I think it’s good that they’re flexible enough to understand that they’re not ready yet. John Calipari is a good coach. If they can continue to improve like they did at the end of the season last year, they should be one of the national favorites next year.”
Shulman joins ESPN colleagues Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale in commenting on the freshmen returning to play for the Wildcats. Vitale and Bilas spoke with Larry Vaught recently. Their comments, however, focused more so on the competition angle, especially concerning the depth of the front court.