What's in Store for Kentucky in the 2014-15 Season?

Joe Catalano

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 3:05 PM GMT

The Kentucky Wildcats almost did the unthinkable as a #8 seed at the Big Dance as they had a title match with the equally gamed Connecticut Huskies and got the short end of the stick. Let’s take a look at what John Calipari has in store for the Kentucky faithful in the 2014-2015 NCAA Basketball Season.

“One and Done Crew”
Nowadays, college players don’t stay the full 4 years, look to play a season or two, and showcase their talents for the public and NBA Scouts in order to accomplish their ultimate goal and that’s to become pro  basketball players. If KU had guys that stayed the entire 4 years in college, John Calipari would have a handful of NCAA Championships.

The first thing to do when looking at the Wildcats for next season is to go to ESPN’s list of the top 100 recruits in the country because this team will always be laced with talented freshman, who are looking for 1 year in college and a pro career. Let’s take a closer look


Ready-Made Squad
While Duke has dominated next year’s recruiting class, the Wildcats aren’t far behind with 4 -5 star recruits and all at different positions. The Wildcats have grabbed #6 Trey Lyles, #9 Karl Towns Jr., #18 Devin Booker, and #25 Tyler Ulis. Guess what, folks; the Kentucky Wildcats have a decent opportunity at getting right back to the championship game.

The future odds for the NCAA 2014-2015 Champions aren’t currently available, but you can bet that Kentucky will be near the top of the list.


Cauley-Stein Returns
One player that will be back for next season will be 7 foot junior, Willie Cauley-Stein. Cauley- Stein averaged 7 points and 6.2 rebounds in his sophomore season, but missed the last 3 games of the NCAA Tournament due to an ankle injury. Cauley-Stein has recently announced that he wants a chance at a national championship and a degree. He’s in no hurry to leave the University of Kentucky.

Another player that will return to the Wildcats squad is forward Marcus Lee. Although Lee had 10 points and 8 rebounds in the Elite 8 matchup against Michigan, he hasn’t nearly played long enough to be considered a potential pro. This is a player that averaged 2.4 points and 1.4 rebounds in 6.3 minutes per game. The Kentucky roster was so talented that Lee will get a better chance to display his skills in the 2014-2015.

Then there’s the question of the Harrison twins, who accounted for 24.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and many big post-season 3-pointers. Their fate along with Dakari Johnson are undecided, but John Calipari has already prepared for any departures with a top-rate group of recruits.


Incoming Freshman

Trey Lyles
At 6 foot 10, 255 pounds, Trey Lyles “will carry some weight’ as this is a skilled big man that can shoot from anything inside 17 feet and can put the ball on the floor and score against post players.

Karl Towns Jr.
This New Jersey native has massive potential as an outside shooter despite being near 7 foot tall. Is this a future Kevin Durant in the making? Only time will tell, but Calipari sure knows how to find these gems.

Devin Booker
Calipari also has the guard position covered as Booker’s basketball I.Q. is 2nd to none.


What To Expect
Willie Cauley-Stein will be very motivated after watching from the sidelines how far that his team went and the influx of talented freshman at several positions will give any university a run for their money. Look for Kentucky to be a top contender again after coming so close in 2013-2014 to winning the National Championship.