Last month, John Calipari tweeted out the uniform numbers for the 2012-13 Wildcats.
On Wednesday, UK released the official team roster, confirming those numbers and adding updated heights and weights for this season’s Cats.
Here’s a look at the specs on UK’s newcomers (full roster can be found at bottom of page):
Nerlens Noel: The big man from Everett, Mass., comes in at 6-10 and 228 pounds. That was his listed height by Rivals, Scout and ESPN, but he’s added some (necessary) weight since his final season of high school. Rivals (200), Scout (205) and ESPN (215) all listed him much lower than his current 228 pounds. For comparison’s sake, Anthony Davis was 6-10 and 220 pounds last season.
Note: The roster also included a pronunciation guide: It’s Nerlens “Know-ELL”. Not Nerlens “NOH-uhl.” Tell your friends.
Alex Poythress: UK has the five-star forward at 6-7 and 239 pounds. That’s the same height as his listing from the Jordan Brand Classic in April, but he’s apparently added 24 pounds since then. Poythress is often compared to Terrence Jones, but he’s a little smaller than the former Cat. Jones was listed at 6-9 and 252 pounds last year.
Archie Goodwin: At 6-4.5 and 198 pounds, Goodwin is a half-inch shorter than his Jordan Brand Classic listing. He’s also 17 pounds heavier, which fits the trend of UK’s newcomers and can probably be attributed to recent time spent in a college weight room. Goodwin is penciled in as UK’s starting shooting guard this season. Doron Lamb, last season’s starter at that position, was listed at 6-4 and 210 pounds.
Willie Cauley-Stein: The forward from Olathe, Kan., is the first 7-footer of the Calipari Era. He was listed at 6-10 by most recruiting services, but a picture Calipari tweeted last week showed him to be noticeably taller than anyone on this year’s team (and Anthony Davis). Eloy Vargas was listed at 6-11 during his two years at UK, as was DeMarcus Cousins. Cauley-Stein is also listed at 244 pounds, nearly 30 pounds more than what most recruiting services had him at during his senior season. That weight ties him with Vargas as the fifth-heaviest player of the Calipari Era.
Ryan Harrow: UK’s new point guard (who sat out last season as a transfer) is 6-2 and 170 pounds. That’s the same height and 5 pounds lighter than his listing on last year’s roster. He’ll be smaller than any of UK’s previous starting point guards under Calipari: Marquis Teague (6-2, 189), Brandon Knight (6-3, 185), John Wall (6-4, 195).
Julius Mays: The Wright State transfer is listed at 6-2, 192 pounds, which is 3 pounds lighter than what the Raiders listed him at last season.
*-Wiltjer, UK’s top returnee, was listed at 6-9 last season.