You know your basketball team is obscenely talented when your five underclassmen starters are all expected to get their names called by David Stern in the first round of the NBA draft. That's the situation for John Calipari's National Champion Kentucky Wildcats, with freshman Anthony Davis (expected to be the first player taken), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, and Marcus Teague, along with Sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb all declaring their intentions to turn pro at a news conference this evening that was seen nationwide. This is great news, because if any single one of them would have decided to come back you might as well engraved the 2012-2013 National Title trophy with their name on it.
Anthony Davis - Anybody who paid attention to College Basketball this year knows that this guy is a flat out fucking MONSTER. Defensively, I've never seen a freshman come in and block shots like he does, his timing is an artform. When you see him in slow motion you notice that he never seems to panic or jump early, he simply sees you shoot the ball, then he swats it.His hands are also cat quick, he can catch balls that you really aren't supposed to, and if you think you can dribble in front of him because he's 6-10, you're flat out wrong. Offensively he's got some work to do, but his instincts and potential are off the charts. AND LOOK AT THOSE MUTANT ARMS OF HIS!
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist - Aka MKG - Energy, relentlessness, whatever the fuck you want to call it, this kid will never stop hustling his ass off and coming after you. Until Davis hit his big growth spurt and Austin Rivers started going off, he was considered the best player in his class.In high school he played on the same team (St Patrick in New Jersey) as Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving. That must have flat out sucked to go against them. Like Davis, MKG should be an elite level defender in the pros.
Marquis Teague - I'm not really sold on Teague, let's just say I'm more of a Tony Wroten guy, and that's not just my extreme University of Washington bias coming out. He plays a lot like his older brother, Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague, and I would expect a similar career path, if he's lucky.
Terrence Jones - Speaking of my UW bias, I have posted more than once on this site about how Jones held a press conference at the end of his senior year of high school and announced he was going to become a Husky. Then Calipari got all up in his ear and made him feel guilty enough to change his mind and go to UK. I will never be able to say whether or not that was the best decision for him. I don't give a shit that he won a National title because I am, again, BIASED. With him as a Husky who knows where the team would have landed these past two seasons. I'm actually glad he's finally leaving so I won't be conflicted about whether or not I should cheer for him.
Doron Lamb - Great shooters with size like his don't come a dime a dozen, and that, along with his defensive abilities, are why I think he will be around the league for years to come.