Why a down year for Kentucky is possible in 2015-2016

The Wildcats lose seven players to the 2015 NBA draft. John Calipari knows how to properly rebuild and reload talent in Lexington year after year, but this year could be different.

As we saw in 2012, the year after Kentucky won the national championship, the Cats had a tough season with injuries and failed recruits who didn’t maximize their potential as highly rated recruits. That season ended in full disaster mode with a loss in the first round of the NIT against Robert Morris.

The bad news is next year could be something close to that. I say this with not a whole lot of confidence because the Wildcats are bringing in 3 solid recruits. Charles Matthews at point guard, Isaiah Briscoe at shooting guard, and Skal Labissiere. Tyler Ulis, Marcus Lee, and Alex Poythress also return for Kentucky.

The reason for a possible down year is the loss of all the experience and talent from last year’s team that won 38 straight games. Another reason is due to the Wildcats missing out on several of the top recruits in this years class.

Brandon Ingram committed to Duke, Malik Newman went to Mississippi State, Caleb Swanigan committed to Michigan State, and Ivan Rabb committed to Cal-Berkeley over UK.

Jaelyn Brown and Thon Maker are still on the board for Calipari to snag. If the Cats get one or even both they will definitely be fine for next season.

 

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