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Posted by catmandoo (Member # 1284) on 05-15-2022, 08:05 PM:
 
With the passage of the NBA draft early entry and transfer portal deadlines, the Kentucky basketball 2022-23 roster has begun to stabilize.

Five returning scholarship players are confirmed for next season, as are four additions to the group. Two scholarship players have transferred, and another has announced plans to stay in the NBA draft. Of the three Wildcats testing the NBA draft waters while maintaining their college eligibility, only junior forward Jacob Toppin is expected back.

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Calipari has made no secret he thinks his best teams have featured primary rotations no deeper than eight players. Keeping talented scholarship players happy who are not seeing consistent minutes has always been difficult but has grown even more so since the adoption of the one-time free transfer rule.

For those reasons, it is understandable that Calipari has not focused on filling out his 13 available scholarships, but what happens if the injury issues that plagued Kentucky a year ago return? Without another addition, the answer may be pray that doesn’t happen.

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Of course, it should be noted Kentucky’s 2012 national championship team was not especially deep. An injury to Anthony Davis that year would have sunk that team in the same way an injury to Tshiebwe would likely kill Kentucky’s chances of making a deep NCAA Tournament run next year. There is a certain amount of injury luck needed to win big.


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[ 05-15-2022, 08:23 PM: Message edited by: catmandoo ]
 


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