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Do Kentucky Wildcats Have Too Much Talent

John CalipariJohn Calipari has a couple of problems as the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats in 2014-15, too many players and too much size.

With the team Calipari will have on the court, other teams could only dream of having such problems.

Last spring the Wildcats after losing the national title game were told that Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson and twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison were returning to play another season.

This summer Kentucky welcomed four high school graduates that are five-star quality, those four are Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Karl Towns Jr. and Trey Lyles. The four are between the No. 6 and No. 25 ranked in the nation by basketball experts.

Any previous year they would have formed the nucleus for another freshmen led lineup at Kentucky. However, on a team in 2014-15 with nine All-Americans, the four will battle for playing time.

There are as many as 10 potential starters on the roster this season of which five that are the most talented – Johnson, Lee, Cauley-Stein, Lyles and Towns – are all forwards and 6-foot-10 or taller.

During a trip to the Bahamas last week Calipari unveiled his lineup answer called the platoon. It is ingenious if he can pull it off.

When asked if he felt it would work he said yes. He said some games might be more difficult than other to win, but remember the last six straight are the only real important ones that must be won.

The players all played roughly 20 minutes apiece with all of them looking stronger and fresher as the game went on.

The Wildcats ended their Bahamas trip 5-1, with five convincing blowouts, before losing to the Dominican Republic after being worn out with six games in a short span.

The Wildcats did not even have Lyles or Cauley-Stein as they were injured and they still went 5-1.

Some believe the dilemma Calipari has is a tough one, but his peers are likely very envious of his so-called “problem.”

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