Ranked No. 1 in both preseason polls, Kentucky basketball is out to avenge last season’s debacle. And, for all the justified hype surrounding John Calipari’s amazing recruiting class, it’s the veterans who suffered through 2012-13 who have the most to prove.
One of those returning standouts is towering sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. An admirable replacement at center last year after Nerlens Noel went down, Cauley-Stein will lead this season’s Wildcats defense with both great instincts and remarkable athleticism.
Herein, a closer look at both the old and new stars in Lexington, including the complete 2013-14 roster and predictions for how the year will end for this crop of one-and-done freshmen.