Rebuilding team unity: An annual tradition at Kentucky

04/22/2015 04:38 PM

The 2015 autograph tour for the seven departing Kentucky Wildcats keeps rolling along.

Last night’s headlining act: Freshman Trey Lyles and sophomore Dakari Johnson at Wildcat Warehouse in Lexington.

The two players signed autographs, posed for pictures, and discussed the traditional talking points — memories from last season, preparing for the NBA Draft, adjusting to the pro game, yada yada yada.

While much focus is justifiably placed on those who are leaving, an important conversation is often left smoldering on the back burner — how to rebuild unity with a slew of new faces next season.

Now, to be fair, the cupboards aren’t exactly bare at Kentucky.

Holdovers Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, Alex Poythress, and other members from last season’s historic Final Four squad are set to return. New recruits Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe also headline yet another top recruiting class for 2015. But a lot of leadership has left and gone, and John Calipari will once again need to harness his craftsman skills to mold another cohesive contender.

The KSTV team discussed the obstacle Kentucky faces each season in rebuilding team unity and picked who will emerge as Wildcat leaders this season.


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