The Kentucky Wildcats, coming off a first-round NIT loss to Robert Morris, figure to have the deepest roster – and perhaps the most talented one – in John Calipari’s tenure.
On the eve of the McDonald’s All-American Game, some of the nation’s best high school players were talkin’ ’bout practice. Not the game, which on Wednesday night will pit 28 of the top players in prep hoops against one another. And not Tuesday’s private scrimmage, purported every year to be among the most hotly contested high school games on the planet.
The topic instead was the practices next season at Kentucky, which will feature at least six of the players in this year’s McDonald’s game – guards Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison, swingman James Young and forwards Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee – plus returning Wildcats Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer, among others.
“Each practice (at UK) is going to be like an NBA-style practice, there’s so many good players there,” forward Aaron Gordon said. “It forces you to step your game up, and if you don’t step your game up, then you don’t get playing time.”