A few days later after making Big Blue Nation irate with some not so great comments about this year’s team, ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg had some favorable comments about Kentucky Wildcats forward Jarred Vanderbilt.
“I do think Jarred Vanderbilt changes the dynamic of their team,” Greenberg said. “He reminds me a little bit of Ben Simmons in terms of his vision, his ability to pass. He’s a point forward.”
This is music to the ears of Big Blue Nation. This Kentucky team has been criticized recently for not having a superstar caliber player like they are accustomed to having. Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo both were thought to be surefire lottery picks, but their inconsistency has been frustrating for fans.
Vanderbilt’s athleticism, court vision, and passing skills were eye-opening when he debuted Tuesday night vs South Carolina. In a disappointing loss, he was one of the few bright spots.
One of the most surprising moves of the night is when John Calipari had Vanderbilt running point guard in his first ever college game. He’s exactly the kind of Swiss Army Knife player this team desperately needed.
Vanderbilt was a five-star recruit. He showcased his skillset in the Nike Hoops Summit game where he had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. His versatility and tenacity on the backboards is something the Wildcats have been missing.
Will he take Kentucky to the next level towards reaching their potential?