When: November 12—State Farm Champions Classic
Julius Randle, Kentucky, 6'9'', PF, Freshman
Gary Harris, Michigan State, 6'4'', SG, Sophomore
James Young, Kentucky, 6'6'', SF
Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky, 7'0'', C
Andrew Harrison, Kentucky, 6'5'', PG
Adreian Payne, Michigan State, 6'10'', PF
Prospects on the Radar
Alex Poythress, Kentucky, 6'8'', SF/PF
Aaron Harrison, Kentucky, 6'5'', SG
Dakari Johnson, Kentucky, 7'0'', C
Marcus Lee, Kentucky, 6'9'', PF
Branden Dawson, Michigan State, 6'6'', SF
Why You Should Watch
You can't ask for more than the preseason No. 1 team versus the preseason No. 2. But it becomes even more of a must-watch with prospects like Julius Randle, Andrew Harrison, Gary Harris, James Young and Willie Cauley-Stein.
Randle is the big name to watch here given his NBA All-Star upside. Randle's overwhelming offensive game as an inside-outside threat has him involved in top-three overall conversations early on.
Willie Cauley-Stein returns as one of the top big-man prospects in the country. At 7'0'', he packs a devastating combination of size, strength, length and athleticism, which he puts to use as a finisher and rim protector.
Gary Harris is the guy to keep an eye on for Michigan State, whose 41 percent three-point stroke, defensive potential and offensive slashing ability has NBA guys intrigued. Adreian Payne broke out in the second half of last year, showcasing his monstrous frame, natural talent and improving outside shot at the power-forward position.
Kentucky's backcourt consists of the twin Harrison brothers, two guards with pro potential and dynamic playmaking ability.
Between the handful of NBA prospects and the quality of both teams, Kentucky-Michigan State is an obvious standout matchup and one we're lucky to get this year.