This isn’t breaking news, given that Kentucky has seven players 6-8 or taller on the roster, but the first thing that jumps out is this team’s incredible size. And that’s without 6-10 freshman Trey Lyles and 7-foot junior Willie Cauley-Stein. They’re both sitting out the Bahamas trip while recovering from injuries that aren’t expected to cost them any of the actual season. Even without them, anything that goes inside is getting seriously contested, at minimum.
* On a related note, Kentucky looks like it will be an unholy terror on defense. The combination of length and a bunch of aggressive guys who appear to take great pride in it – there was lots of wild clapping and cheering among themselves after stops – will make these Cats hard to score against. On both ends, the team looks unusually cohesive, especially in the Calipari era of perpetually young teams, at this early stage. It’s easy to see they’ll be light years ahead of last year’s team when this season starts.