In case you have not heard, or checked social media, or watched any TV at all, the number one player in the class of 2018, Marvin Bagley, re-classified to 2017 and committed to Duke. You’re probably thinking, “Ugh, really?” Here’s why us Kentucky fans shouldn’t stress about his decision.
First off, our team is loaded. Plain and simple. Kentucky goes two deep at virtually every position, including Bagley’s position at Power Forward, with the likes of P.J Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt, Sacha Killeya-Jones, etc.
If you automatically gave up hope on the upcoming college season because Bagley went to Duke, you are severely mistaken. This Kentucky team can compete with any team in the nation, filled with whatever talent may be on that team. Short answer? I like my team.
Second, you still have to play the game. Remember when Duke was supposed to run the table this past season and they lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament? Yeah, I do too.
Remember our own 38-1 team that lost at the worst possible time? Sadly, I do too. That’s why we play the game, people. You can’t just automatically give up on a season because the second-most hated team in Kentucky got another recruit for the upcoming season.
And last, we’re Kentucky. We do not stress over anyone. This is the greatest program in the history of the sport with one of the greatest coaches of all-time at the helm of it. We are fine. We brought in another loaded recruiting class this year, which is now apparently the number two class in the country, but it’s number one in this state.
Kentucky will be fine this season as long as fans don’t worry about what Duke is doing. Who cares about Duke? They’re doing their thing; we’re doing ours. This is the basketball rivalry that we haven’t seen enough of. If the basketball gods are willing, this season they’ll give us that Kentucky-Duke matchup that we’ve been craving for ever.
So in short, us Kentucky fans have no need to worry. We have coach Cal, our team, the best fans, and at the end of the day, you have to play the game. I like my team, and so should you.
See you all on October 13th at 7 PM for the prime-time show.