Kentucky Basketball: Predicting the Wildcats’ Starting Five for 2014-15 Season

Predicting Kentucky's Starting Five for 2014-15 Season

Kentucky basketball
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The Kentucky Wildcats will be losing Julius Randle and James Young for the 2014-15 college basketball season, but they will still have one of the most talented starting fives in the nation. Although the season is still a very long time from now, let’s take a look at a prediction of the Wildcats' starting five for the upcoming season. Keep in mind that this is subject to change.

Point Guard: Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Point Guard: Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison
Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Andrew Harrison was not amazing last season, but he was still good. His play got a lot better as the season progressed and I think he is in store for a monster year.

Sure, freshman Tyler Ulis has a bunch of talent, but I think the Harrison twins are a lock for the starting five at this point.

Shooting Guard: Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Shooting Guard: Aaron Harrison

Aaron Harrison
Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Harrison made some huge baskets in the 2014 NCAA tournament. The Wildcats should have been eliminated a few times, but Harrison managed to sink a big shot when the team needed it most.

Look for the Harrison twins to be the starters in the backcourt once again and to be even better.

Small Forward: Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Small Forward: Alex Poythress

Alex Poythress
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Poythress took a drop in production in his sophomore season, but he was still a great player off of the bench. He is returning for his junior year and although he is not a lock to make the starting five, he definitely deserves it.

Power Forward: Trey Lyles

Kentucky basketball
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Power Forward: Trey Lyles

Kentucky basketball
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Although more than one freshman could essentially make the starting five, I am predicting Trey Lyles to be the only one. He stands at 6-foot-10 and is ranked No. 6 in the 2014 recruiting class according to ESPN.

Center: Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky basketball
Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

Center: Willie Cauley-Stein

Kentucky basketball
Paul Abell-USA TODAY Sports

I doubt Willie Cauley-Stein starts every game at center, but I am predicting him to be the starter in Kentucky’s first contest of the season. Dakari Johnson will probably also start some games and depending on how good freshman Karl Towns Jr. is, he could start as well.

This is going to be another very talented Wildcats team, so John Calipari could go with a number of different lineups.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

Around the Web

  • mostdiggity

    Marcus Lee for Trey Lyles to start the season.