Well, the Kentucky Wildcats couldn’t quite do it. They lost to a more experienced basketball team in the Connecticut Huskies. With this loss in the 2014 NCAA Championship, Kentucky’s freshmen should come back for one more season.
I am sure one or more players will enter the draft this summer, but the Wildcats would be so good if everyone returned. Take the incoming recruiting class out of the equation and you still have the best team in college hoops entering the 2014-15 college basketball season.
Kentucky started five freshmen this season. This group of freshmen — along with every other player on the team — had some major ups and some major downs. However, the Wildcats have some experience under their belts now that they have played in the NCAA tournament. Not to mention, this team did just play in a national championship.
All five starting freshmen could go pro after this season. That is no mystery. Kentucky did gain arguably the most talented recruiting class of all time over the offseason.
All year long, Kentucky played like an inexperienced team. Well, it finally put things together in the tournament and went on one heck of a run.
Just imagine if players like Julius Randle, James Young, the Harrison twins and other Wildcats returned. They would have the national title basically locked up.
This group of players could have one-upped the Michigan Fab Five by winning tonight, but that did not happen. Kentucky’s Fab Five should return because they would likely be the favorites to win the title (again) and there would not be another team in college hoops as talented as them. That one year of experience would go a long way as well.