Friday, November 13, 2015

Fox Sports Says Kentucky Will Struggle For a Few Months This Season

Reid Forgrave of believes this season's Kentucky team will struggle for a few months and be similar to the 2013-14 Wildcats.

Forgrave also thinks Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray will be in contention to be the No. 1 overall draft pick next summer.

I'm including No. 5 below because personally I think Tyler Ulis will lead the nation in assists.

Here is an excerpt:

5. The nation’s assists leader will come from an unlikely spot. And that’s Omaha, Neb., where Creighton has managed to fly below the preseason radar nationally as well as in the Big East. The last we saw of the diminutive Maurice Watson Jr., who is coming off his redshirt year after transferring from Boston University, he was one of the best assist guys in all of college basketball. This year, with an up-tempo Creighton team that can really shoot it, he’ll run away with the assist title. He told me he wants to average 10 per game. By the way, Creighton will surprise people. I know the Bluejays disappointed in their first post-Doug McDermott season a year ago, going 4-14 in the Big East. But remember: That was always expected to be a rebuilding year. And Creighton led in the final minute of six of those 14 Big East losses. Watson manning the point ought to open up a world of possibilities for head coach Greg McDermott, one of the most inventive offensive minds in college basketball.

6. Three players will make pushes to unseat the conventional wisdom No. 1 overall draft picks. Conventional wisdom says that the next No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft will either be Kentucky freshman big man Skal Labissiere or LSU point forward Ben Simmons. (For the record, I’d pick Simmons, although scouts rave about Labissiere as an enormous upside player.) Here are three names that could upset that conventional wisdom: Henry Ellenson of Marquette, Brandon Ingram of Duke and Jamal Murray of Kentucky. NBA comparisons are always unfair, usually imperfect but still fun and useful, so here are mine: Ellenson = Kevin Love. Ingram = Kevin Durant. Murray = Russell Westbrook.

7. Kentucky will be closer to the 2013-14 version than the 2014-15 version. By that, I mean Kentucky is going to struggle the first couple months in adjusting to a brand-new roster and a brand-new style of basketball. Two years ago, Kentucky made the national title game but it was as an eight-seed that struggled through the first four months of the season. Last year, Kentucky was nails from Day 1, very nearly becoming the first 40-0 team in college basketball history. This year’s version will struggle. I talked with John Calipari the morning after his team’s Blue-White Scrimmage last month, and he told me he couldn’t sleep after that game. He was worried because it just showed him how far this group has to go. Remember: Last year this team was from the Land of the Giants, filled with 7-footers, a roster more fit for the NBA than the SEC. This year Calipari will be playing small ball, often trotting out a three-guard lineup – sophomore Tyler Ulis and freshmen Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray. Kentucky will look completely different. It’ll take time to adjust.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I think more than a few months. Be lucky to win 20 games...

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