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The new kids: 11 freshmen to watch this season

 Posted by at 2:42 AM on November 8, 2012  Comments Off
Nov 082012
 

Kentucky’s quartet of highly regarded freshmen — Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley-Stein — will take the court for the first time Friday night.

But you already know plenty about them.

Here’s a look at 11 other freshmen to keep an eye on during the 2012-13 season. Some were recruited by Kentucky. Some weren’t. All will be counted on to make in impact during their first season of college basketball.

UCLA’s Shabazz Muhammad is still waiting for the NCAA to rule him eligible for the 2012-13 season.
Photo: Associated Press

SHABAZZ MUHAMMAD (UCLA): Many UK fans thought Muhammad would end up in Lexington. Instead, he picked UCLA on the same night that Nerlens Noel went for Kentucky. The 6-foot-6 wing spent his senior season of high school as the top-ranked recruit in the country, ceding the position to Noel on many lists after the UK center reclassified to 2012. He was supposed to be a savior for UCLA basketball (and Coach Ben Howland), but it’s unclear when (or if) he’ll get to play. Aside from a shoulder injury suffered in practice last month, the NCAA is investigating possible improper benefits received during his recruitment. There’s no timetable for a ruling, but many expect Muhammad to be the best freshman in the country if he’s cleared to play.
Opener: Friday vs. Indiana State
Must-see TV: Jan. 24 at No. 12 Arizona (ESPN2)

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Several Wildcats named to CBS’ Top 100 list

 Posted by at 5:56 PM on October 8, 2012  4 Responses »
Oct 082012
 

The CBS Sports college basketball crew unloaded a ton of season preview information on readers Monday.

As you can imagine, UK was well-represented.

Nerlens Noel led three new Wildcats honored with individual accolades. Most of the panel picked UK to win the SEC (noted contrarian Doug Gottlieb was the only holdout). Gary Parrish even picked the Cats to repeat as national champions in April.

And then there’s CBS’ list of the Top 100 players in college basketball. Four Wildcats are on the list, and all of them are still waiting to play their first game for Kentucky.

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UK releases official roster for 2012-13 season

 Posted by at 2:31 PM on September 5, 2012  No Responses »
Sep 052012
 

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.

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UPDATE: Some Tony Trocha questions answered

 Posted by at 2:49 PM on July 11, 2012  No Responses »
Jul 112012
 

The mysterious Tony Trocha has popped up in Philadelphia, and with his return to the United States should come some answers about his eligibility. Or at least some video that’s not three years old.

Trocha came to the U.S. from Colombia earlier in the year and played several games for a high school in Houston. His name spread through recruiting circles after an open gym in March that was attended by John Calipari and assistant coaches from several high-major schools. At that time, he was thought to be a 2013 recruit. But Trocha decided he wanted to join the class of 2012, and the feeding frenzy began. Some analysts proclaimed him a top-10 talent, UK fans saw him as the possible savior of an undermanned frontcourt, and there were reports of a UK scholarship offer if Trocha was eligible.

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