Who will be UK's starting five in 2015-2016?
04/13/2015 08:24 PM
Losing one starter is hard enough for most teams.
But losing all five plus two more is just par for the course at the University of Kentucky.
With seven Wildcats leaving Lexington early this year to declare for the NBA Draft, John Calipari will need to reload his roster once again in order to take UK to its third consecutive Final Four in 2016.
One ace Cal has up his sleeve: the top-ranked recruiting class for the fifth time in the last seven years.
Two of those top commits from Kentucky’s 2015 class were on display at the Nike Hoops Summit over the weekend in Portland, Oregon, where Skal Labissiere (Haiti) lead Team World to a 103-101 victory over Isaiah Briscoe (New Jersey) and Team USA.
Briscoe dropped a game-high nine dimes for the American squad, but it wasn’t enough to conquer Team World as Labissiere messed around and almost posted a triple-double. The 7’1” versatile center totaled 21 points, eight rebounds, and six blocks.
Tai Wynyard (New Zealand), a 2016 commit for UK, pitched in two points on 1-2 shooting for the international team, too.
Both Skal and Isaiah will be new weapons for Calipari to deploy next season alongside his returning troops — captained by Tyler Ulis (sophomore), Marcus Lee (junior), and Alex Poythress (senior).
Other big names — namely Thon Maker, Malik Newman, and Stephen Zimmerman — still remain uncommitted for the 2015 class. But when considering those who are already set to be in Lexington, what might UK’s new starting five look like in the fall?