Too much talent, athleticism and skill seems like a really tough problem to have, huh? But in the case of Kentucky in 2014-15, managing all of the players who could each be the go-to guy if playing elsewhere is as important as anything else that John Calipari must do.
Kentucky has nine—yes, nine—McDonald's All-Americans on its roster. It also has two seven-footers and another pair of guys 6'10" or taller, not to mention a seemingly unlimited supply of long and strong guards and wings. The Wildcats also have a potential secret weapon in 5'9" freshman guard Tyler Ulis.
It seems like Calipari could just throw in any five and he'll have success, when you look at it on paper. He could also just cycle in three or four players at a time and presumably see no dropoff in production, but that's not how it works. Star players from the prep level all want to be the star in college, and if their roles aren't as significant as hoped for it can lead to animosity and poor effort.
Sharing seemed to go well during Kentucky's six-game trip to the Bahamas, with 10 players averaging at least 17 (but no more than 21) minutes in going 6-0 and winning by an average margin of 16.6 points. Three players averaged 10 or 11 points, another five scored six or more points per game.
That's a great sign, but has to be taken with a grain of salt. For one, the games were far below the level of competition Kentucky will face come November, and the Wildcats were also without two players (junior center Willie Cauley-Stein and freshman forward Trey Lyles) who didn't play because of injury.
When training camp begins, the 12-man rotation will need to get whittled down into a workable group. How that happens, and how that goes over with those limited by the depth, is a huge concern for Kentucky.
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