John Calipari has the No. 2 recruiting class in America and a bunch of dudes who will probably greet NBA commissioner Adam Silver with a handshake on a dais in Brooklyn next summer. But you expected that, right?
No coach in America hits the reset button like Calipari. After losing seven guys to the pros and recording a 38-1 season that ended with a Final Four loss to Wisconsin, Kentucky features another roster that should skate through the year with few blemishes and finish the 2015-16 season in Houston, which would be the Wildcats’ fifth Final Four appearance in the past six seasons.
There will be a shift this season, however, with a greater emphasis on guard play as Tyler Ulis, Jamal Murray and Isaiah Briscoe storm ahead as one of the nation’s most potent backcourts. Then again, 6-foot-11 freshman Skal Labissiere, who faced an NCAA inquiry about his eligibility prior to the season, could be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA draft.