With the offseason in full swing and recruiting basically over, all that is left for the Kentucky Basketball fans of the world is to sit back and speculate about the season to come. Hey, at least we are good at football now. Watching our entire lineup get picked at the NBA Draft every year is rewarding and depressing all at the same time. We’re proud, but wish that at least one of them would stay another season. Luckily, we get a new batch of ballers every single year and watch the process repeat itself.
So, as I wait for my cats to hit the hardwood again, it is time for me to jump to conclusions like Perry Stevenson jumping to block a free throw. Here is what the starting lineup should be for the 2019-20 season. As always, I am here to argue. Let me know what you think on Twitter and throw us a follow @soft7sports and me @soft7wic.
Projected Starting 5 for Kentucky
PG– Brad Calipari
I’m totally kidding, but you’re lying to yourself if you think Ellen Calipari hasn’t thrown out the idea at least once. Maybe on senior day, kiddo.
The REAL Projected Starting 5 for Kentucky
PG- Ashton Hagans
SG- Tyrese Maxey
SF- Kahlil Whitney
PF- EJ Montgomery
C- Kerry Blackshear Jr.
Ashton Hagans proved last year that he can do much more than just run an offense. He was one of the best on-ball defensive players we have seen since DeAndre Liggins. Hopefully, he has developed a jumpshot.
Tyrese Maxey has an uncanny ability to get to the rim. Think of John Wall with the ability to shoot outside of 15 feet. He’s going to be a special player and I can see him assuming the starting role at point guard if Hagans is underperforming.
Kahlil Whitney is the player I am most excited for next season. After watching hours of his highlights, he reminds me of Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the jumping ability of Hamidou Diallo. Expect two alley-oops a game and several players’ careers being ended by getting dunked on.
EJ Montogomery will most likely come back to Kentucky. No mock draft boards show him being selected on draft day. First round or otherwise. He is a big body with a great post game and shooting range which should make him an attractive prospect. But right now, he needs to get bigger and develop into a more consistent player.
Kerry Blackshear was not invited to the NBA or G-League Combine. Like EJ, no draft board is showing him any love. He has yet to make a decision about where he is playing basketball next year, but one year with John Calipari has proven favorable for many players. He’d be crazy not to come to Lexington.
The starting 5 is never static and it could change multiple times throughout the year. Depending on how EJ and Blackshear play, or if Blackshear even decides to come to Kentucky at all, I could see Nick Richards starting at center at some point. The power forward position is also entirely uncertain. EJ would be the best option, but Nate Sestina will be breathing down his neck all season. As will Keion Brooks, Dontaie Allen and Johnny Juzang. Don’t forget about Immanuel Quickley either. He will jump at any opportunity to take the starting role from Hagans.
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