The Kentucky Wildcats are going to come back next season as one of the best teams in the country as John Calipari announced via Twitter that Willie Cauley-Stein and Kyle Wiltjer will be remaining at the university for another season. This comes as good news after point guard Ryan Harrow stated that he would transfer to Georgia State and Archie Goodwin announced that he would declare for the NBA draft. Cauley-Stein and Wiltjer’s return bodes well for next season for Kentucky.
The Wildcats won 2012’s national championship mostly due to both experienced players and the outstanding recruiting class. Experience was not something that Kentucky possessed this season which led to their disappointing first round exit in the NIT after beginning the season ranked No. 3 overall. Next season, with returning talent and a talent-laden recruiting class, the Wildcats should begin the season ranked nationally in the top 10 again and be favorites to win the SEC.
Cauley-Stein was a monster in the paint all season long. He stepped up his game after the season ending injury to Nerlens Noel and was able to help guide Kentucky to the No. 1 overall seed in the NIT. Wiltjer was possibly more important to Kentucky; the Wildcats wouldn’t have made the NIT without him. Wiltjer was the only player able to score at times during crucial games. These two players will do nothing but benefit Kentucky with their return.
Kentucky is going to have an NBA talented recruiting class as well as returning a solid big man (Cauley-Stein) and outstanding three point shooter (Wiltjer). The Wildcats should not be a disappointment next season, and Calipari is hungry for another NCAA national championship added to his resume.