The Kentucky Wildcats are coming off of a season where they made it all the way to the national championship game. Players like Julius Randle and James Young will make the leap to the next level, but the Wildcats will easily have the most depth in the 2014-15 college hoops season regardless.
Key players returning: Marcus Lee, Willie Cauley-Stein, Aaron Harrison, Andrew Harrison, Alex Poythress, Dakari Johnson
Key players set to join: Karl Towns Jr., Trey Lyles, Devin Booker, Tyler Ulis
Every single one of those returning players could start for any team in the country. However, some of them will have to split time with the incoming freshmen. May I remind you that John Calipari snagged one of the best recruiting classes in college basketball yet again. No surprises there.
The Harrison twins are probably locks for the starting five. However, incoming freshmen Booker and Ulis are more than capable of filling in when those two players need some rest, or at least their talent would suggest that — both five-star recruits (via ESPN.com).
Then there is the battle at center. Cauley-Stein and Johnson will definitely get a good amount of playing time, but Towns Jr. is ranked No. 9 in the class of 2014, according to ESPN.com, so he could and should battle for some minutes as well.
Five-star freshman Lyles could be a starter from Day 1. So could Poythress, and Lee really showed off his skills in the 2014 NCAA tournament.
Kentucky is definitely not lacking in the talent department for the upcoming season, which could lead to a second straight championship game appearance. This time around, though, the Wildcats could enter the tourney as the overall No. 1 seed and could easily capture the title. That is how talented they will be.
Other teams will challenge them for a championship. There is no doubt about that. However, this Wildcats team could be really special and they will be rocking the most deep team in America.