Now that college classes have begun and the entire Kentucky Wildcats basketball roster is on campus, the school has released an updated roster for the 2021-22 season.
Looking at some of the returning players, junior forward Jacob Toppin is now up to 195 pounds. He opened the 2020-21 season at 187 pounds.
Redshirt sophomore guard Dontaie Allen is up from 198 pounds last year to 205 now.
Fellow redshirt freshman guard Zan Payne actually shed seven pounds, as he’s now at 215.
For the freshmen, Kentucky’s top two incoming recruits — guard TyTy Washington and forward Daimion Collins — actually weigh the same at 190 pounds, despite the 6-foot-9 Collins having six inches on the 6-foot-3 Washington. The 6-foot-6 Bryce Hopkins weighs in at 225 pounds.
The tallest Wildcats — Collins, Toppin, junior forward Oscar Tshiebwe and sophomore forward Lance Ware — are just 6-foot-9. This will be the first time in the John Calipari era that Kentucky does not have a player that’s at least 6-foot-10.
Kentucky does have seven scholarship players that are 6-foot-6 or taller, so it’s not like they’re lacking size or length. John Calipari is also expected to deploy more four-guard lineups than in years past, and for good reason with six quality guards in Allen, Washington, Davion Mintz, Kellan Grady, CJ Fredrick and Sahvir Wheeler.
The Wildcats will have a fifth-year senior in Grady and a sixth-year senior in Mintz to go with a fourth-year junior in Fredrick, as well as four true juniors in Tshiebwe, Wheeler, Toppin and Keion Brooks Jr., so this will be one of Calipari’s most experienced teams in Lexington.
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