John Calipari has been comfortable with a six-man rotation in the past two years. As the offseason progresses, new names have been thrown into the Kentucky recruiting mix from incoming freshmen like Torian Graham to transfers like Mark Lyons.
You can now add Wright State guard Julius Mays to the list. Like Lyons, a Xavier transfer, he'll be able to graduate this semester and play immediately next year.
Jeff Goodman updated us this morning, saying Mays' "initial list consists of Purdue, Michigan State, Kentucky, Cincinnati and possibly Michigan."
Mays has not ruled out the option of playing professional basketball, whether it is overseas or in the NBA. He transferred from North Carolina State to Wright State in 2010.
While Mays' statistics aren't overly impressive, he is a solid shooter from deep (42 percent) and his free-throw shooting stands out (83.2 percent). Mays would most likely be a backup to current guards Ryan Harrow and Archie Goodwin.
With all the recent news of transferring players, it is clear that Calipari and his coaching staff are looking to avoid a six-man rotation like the one in the 2010-11 season after the exodus of players like John Wall and Patrick Patterson.
I'm all for filling the roster, but what happened to players like Twany Beckham and Jon Hood? If Graham, Lyons and Mays aren't significant upgrades to Beckham and Hood, why bring them in?
There is one simple answer: Calipari thinks these players can contribute.
Lyons and Mays are certainly more experienced than Beckham and Hood. The two potential transfers would be excellent additions to the Kentucky offense and would provide a spark off the bench.
Kentucky fans should love the direction Calipari is taking the 2012-13 team in. The addition of freshmen like Anthony Bennett and Amile Jefferson to the recruiting class of 2012 would certainly be appreciated, but if they both decide to go elsewhere, the Wildcats need other options.
Enter the two seniors-to-be, Lyons and Mays. Lyons visited Lexington on May 1 and Mays should do the same. With the addition of one (or both) of these guards, Calipari would be bolstering the roster for next season and could still offer plenty of playing time to 2013 recruits.
One-and-done may take on a new meaning next season for the Wildcats.
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