The latest “Hoop Thoughts” column from Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis offers several UK-related items, including a lead note on the court-storming/brawl fiasco involving former UK commitment K.C. Ross-Miller.
Davis also gives his take on UK’s disappointing season. He says the Cats were “never going to be as good as people said they’d be at the start of the season.” (He ranked them No. 2 behind Michigan State at the beginning of the season).
He also offers a bit of a warning: “Maybe in the future, this season’s disappointment will convince John Calipari to recruit some four-year ‘program guys’ to complement those talented one-and-doners. If he doesn’t, this will keep happening.”
Recruiting more long-term guys is something that’s been mentioned before, though Calipari was pretty clear Monday that he has no intention of changing his approach to recruiting. It’s also worth noting that current freshmen Dominique Hawkins and Derek Willis are widely considered four-year players, and fellow freshman Marcus Lee might join them in that category. Sophomore Alex Poythress could very well be a four-year player too. And incoming recruits Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis certainly don’t fit the one-and-done mold. Many analysts expect Ulis to stick around all four years.
Anyway, Davis’ notes also include his thoughts on Mark Cuban’s one-and-done rant, several SEC items, and more on UK’s current status. (He dropped the Cats from 12th to unranked in his personal AP ballot this week). Well worth a read.