Predicting Kentucky's 2013-14 Rotation If No. 1 Recruit Andrew Wiggins Signs
It is time to look forward to 2013-14 for the Kentucky basketball program.
Some fans have been looking forward to this recruiting class since Anthony Davis and company announced their departure in 2012.
The 2013 Kentucky recruiting class is special. In fact, it's already considered by some to be the best ever.
With Andrew Wiggins, that would become reality.
John Calipari has worked wonders on the recruiting trail, which has culminated in the super-class that is 2013.
If Wiggins chooses Kentucky over Florida State, Kansas and North Carolina, he would be joining six other McDonald's All-Americans in Lexington—just for the 2013 class.
Here's how I expect the roster to shake out if Wiggins selects Kentucky.
Starter: Andrew Harrison (Fr.)
Reserves: Dominique Hawkins (Fr.), Jarrod Polson (Sr.)
The Ryan Harrow experiment did not last.
Harrow was expected to be a quality fill-in for John Calipari after Marquis Teague. That was not the case this year, and Harrow's time in Lexington has come to an end.
His departure, in my mind, assures a scholarship position for Mr. Kentucky Basketball Dominique Hawkins.
That's good news.
The bad news is that Jarrod Polson may not be able to keep his scholarship if Andrew Wiggins selects Kentucky. It all depends on who stays and who goes pro.
Starter: Aaron Harrison (Fr.)
Reserves: Jon Hood (Sr.)
There's a bit of leeway here for John Calipari. Aaron Harrison can start beside his brother. If Andrew Wiggins commits, however, that may push James Young to shooting guard. Young may be the best pure shooter on the team next year.
Harrison, on the other hand, is the better shooter of the twin guards, and something tells me he'll mesh well with the point guard.
With the recent news that Archie Goodwin will enter his name in the NBA draft, this spot should be Aaron's to lose.
Jon Hood could transfer to another school as a post-grad and play next year. On the other hand, he could stay at Kentucky, but he might lose his scholarship if someone like Alex Poythress decides to stay.
Starter: Andrew Wiggins (Fr.)
Reserves: James Young (Fr.)
The battle between Andrew Wiggins and James Young for the starting small forward spot will be epic (should Wiggins pick UK, obviously).
Young is the better shooter. He should own the starting position if Wiggins plays elsewhere. Young is an A-grade athlete and can get to the rim just as well as he can drain an outside three.
With that being said, Wiggins is an A-plus-plus athlete. While he doesn't have Young's shooting stroke, his all-around game has him at the top of 2014 draft boards.
Starter: Julius Randle (Fr.)
Reserves: Marcus Lee (Fr.), Kyle Wiltjer (Jr.), Derek Willis (Fr.)
I'm expecting Alex Poythress (would-be sophomore) to enter his name in the NBA draft—particularly after Julius Randle's commitment.
With Andrew Wiggins on board as well, that only reassures my notion that Poythress will go pro.
Wiltjer has announced his return via Twitter, Lee has the raw athleticism to see the court and Randle is a stud who should start right away for Kentucky.
Poythress could play small forward, but that position crowds with a Wiggins commitment. Wiggins would own at least 30 minutes per game at forward next year.
Throw in the potential (yet unlikely) commitment of Aaron Gordon, and Kentucky should have a stable of forwards next year, with or without Poythress.
Starter: Willie Cauley-Stein (So.)
Reserves: Dakari Johnson (Fr.)
This position would be unchanged if Andrew Wiggins signed with Kentucky.
There is a chance that his commitment would move Julius Randle to center, while Wiggins would play the 4 and James Young would play the 3.
Think of four out, one in with Randle on the inside and the Harrison twins, Young and Wiggins on the perimeter. Scary.
That would be an offensive approach to the game. I think John Calipari sticks to defense and plays Willie Cauley-Stein at center, though. He would allow for other players to shine on offense and play his usual effort-based defense.
That is what Kentucky will need down low. Calipari has wiggle room with a lineup full of talent.
Playing with so much talent might be just what Wiggins wants.