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As long as John Calipari continues to recruit players who are only headed to college because David Stern says they have to, Kentucky will keep making this list every season.
With the expected losses of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, plus the possible NBA defections of Doron Lamb and Marquis Teague, every new Wildcat walks in knowing that he is a very likely starter.
All four of Kentucky's incoming freshmen are ESPNU 100 prospects, but one finds that he has an enormous legacy to live up to.
Nerlens Noel's high-top fade may become as iconic as Anthony Davis's unibrow, and some enterprising member of Big Blue Nation is surely beginning steps to mass-produce the wigs now. However, any time a freshman considered a carbon copy of the national player of the year has to replace said player, there is overwhelming pressure to succeed.
Noel (6'10", 215, Everett, MA) is considered a dominant shot blocker and fearsome rebounder, much like Davis. He can also score down low in a variety of ways, but he lacks the mid-range and ball-handling gifts that made Davis so hard to stop.
Forward Alex Poythress (pictured; 6'7", 215, Clarksville, TN) is a skilled defender and slasher who may invite physical comparisons to Kidd-Gilchrist, but it was MKG's team-first attitude that truly made Kentucky unstoppable last season. Poythress and his new teammates will need to play a similarly unselfish game next season to repeat.
Guard Archie Goodwin (6'5", 181, Little Rock, AR) has drawn comparisons to Joe Johnson for his smooth offensive game, but he's not quite the deadly three-point threat that Lamb is. If he extends his shot beyond the arc, he'll make a lot of room for Noel to work inside.
Center Willie Cauley (6'10", 215, Olathe, KS) appears to be this year's Kyle Wiltjer, a prospect who could have played for anyone in the country, but will instead come off the Kentucky bench. He'll get a season to add strength and bulk to maintain post position, and he could either star as a sophomore or take the Daniel Orton train straight to the NBA.