Kentucky Wildcats basketball never stops...not even when it’s summer.
There are many questions still surrounding the program even though Wenyen Gabriel, PJ Washington, and Jarred Vanderbilt have all made their NBA Draft decisions, while Reid Travis has announced his pledge to Kentucky.
The roster is likely set, so we know who John Calipari will have running the ship. Even so, there’s still some big questions needing to be answered before the Bahamas trip.
Here are the top three questions heading into the rest of the summer:
1. Who is going to be the point guard in the future?
Ashton Hagans, Quade Green, and Immanuel Quickley are all candidates for the job.
Right now I would give the edge to Quade just because of his experience and his leadership skills with Quickley as the backup. If Hagans is able to reclassify then I think this all changes.
Talentwise, Hagans is the best of the three. I think he eventually wins the job from Green, who ends up moving to shooting guard and Quickley backing up Hagans.
2. Will Nick Richards make the leap?
I think this becomes the biggest and most important question to answer.
We know what PJ Washington and Reid Travis are going to bring, and we have a pretty good idea at what EJ Montgomery is going to do at Kentucky. But none of those guys are 7-foot shot-blocking centers the way Richards can be, but he is going to have to step up and improve drastically.
If Richards is able to give Kentucky defense and shot-blocking, then I think he becomes extremely valuable.
One of the big downfalls from last season is that Kentucky didn’t have a knock-down three point shooter with Jemarl Baker out for his freshman season. Quade Green, Wenyen Gabriel, and Kevin Knox were the best on the team, but none of them were near consistent enough.
A healthy Jemarl Baker and freshman Tyler Herro should be able to fix this problem. I don’t think shooting will be an issue at all for this team, at least not near what it was last season, and Calipari will be able to stretch defenses with a heavy guard rotation.