Let’s take some time to focus on the returning players for next season. There is a plethora of talent and experience within them all. But, one question that is in the back of my mind is who is going to shine next year?
Sure, we know Andrew Harrison is going to be one of the best collegiate point guards John Calipari has ever sculpted. We also know that Aaron is going to shine just as bright. We know Willie Cauley-Stein has potential, Alex Poythress and Dakari Johnson, too. But who is going to work the hardest to be the biggest advantage for the Wildcats not with the last name Harrison?
Maybe it’ll be one of the names I just mentioned, maybe it’ll be Marcus Lee who showed his superman talent in the NCAA Tournament after not seeing much playing time all year, without him, we wouldn’t have made it to the Championship Game. Maybe it’ll be Dominique Hawkins who just spent a few weeks playing across the world in China, just to improve his game.
With so many options of who could be a shining star on next years team, it’s important to still remember that they’re still going to be young. Poythress and Cauley-Stein, as juniors, should be able to bring the veteran leadership a young team needs immensely. Darius Miller and Patrick Patterson for example, their veteran leadership did nothing but good for a young Kentucky basketball team. Same can be said with the sophomores who are returning, but they too, are still young and have potential to go on a midseason hiatus as Willie Cauley-Stein and Alex Poythress both did last season.
Theres no telling who is going to be a shining star on next years team. Heck, for all we know it may be a freshman, but I wouldn’t count on it. It’ll be a returner without the last name Harrison, although the Harrison’s will be the biggest part of the team, someone else will likely step up to join them.