Kentucky Basketball: How Each Freshman Can Earn a Starting Role in 2014-15

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Kentucky Basketball: How Each Freshman Can Earn a Starting Role in 2014-15
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It's odd to enter a college basketball season and see a John Calipari-led Kentucky Wildcat team returning superstar talent from the previous recruiting class, especially coming off a trip to the Final Four.

To the chagrin of the rest of the sport, that's where we find ourselves in 2014-15. Only two UK players headed off to the NBA draft, and the rest are joining forces with four more incoming McDonald's All-Americans to form an absolutely ludicrous array of talent.

It's very possible that the rookies may all be forced to watch from the bench early in games, as a very capable starting lineup can be constructed from the returning players. But would that be the best starting five that Calipari could put on the floor?

Each of the four newcomers has particular strengths that would make him a great complement to the guys that have come back to Lexington, Kentucky. Here's how each freshman could best fit into the starting five and make himself stand out in the midst of this army of future pros.

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