Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports
THE STARS: Willie Cauley-Stein and Andrew Harrison
THE STUDS: Karl Towns (No. 8) and Tyler Ulis (No. 34)
Of course, you know John Calipari has replacements lined up for next season.
With four players listed in DraftExpress' 2014 mock and a few others very likely to test the waters, Coach Cal is eternally planning to reload.
New Jersey product Karl Towns could fit nicely next to this season's touted big man, Dakari Johnson.
Towns is a capable face-up player and able to shoot out to the arc. Those perimeter skills make him a nightmare for defenders, much more so than the simple offense of sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein.
Cauley-Stein is a wise player in that he knows his limitations on both ends. He's barely a threat in the mid-range, let alone at the three-point line. Towns will need some toughening up to be an adequate replacement for Cauley-Stein on the defensive end, as well.
When Andrew Harrison and his NBA-ready body (6'5", 205 pounds) go pro, opposing point guards may be tempted to breathe a sigh of relief at facing the 5'8", 145-pound Tyler Ulis.
While the scrawny Chicago native won't intimidate anyone when he gets off the bus, he's a difficult player for any defender to keep in front of him.
Whichever Wildcats are still on the roster next season will enjoy playing with Ulis, as he takes delight in getting into the lane and dishing to open teammates for easy dunks. He's not the matchup problem that Harrison is, but he'll make plays all the same.