Already friends of mine are comparing the "probable" line-up in 2015-16 to last year's squad. I will tell you what I told them; STOP IT, JUST STOP IT!
I am super critical of John Calipari but I am also proud of what he has accomplished at UK during his stay. The reason I go overboard with my criticism is the fact the BBN loses their ever loving minds when one peep is uttered that could be considered negative with regard to UK Hoops or John Calipari. Hypersensitive to the max, dear God. But I don't care I will keep doing what I have always done.
2015-16 Hypothetical Starting Lineup
Tyler Ulis 5-9 (You know what he can do)
Mychal Mulder 6-4 (Great 3 Point Shooter, likely the best in the country)
Alex Poythress 6-8 (The big wait and see)
Marcus Lee 6-9 (Again, a big wait and see)
Skal Labissiere 6-10 (Projected to be the number one pick in the 2016 NBA Draft)
Dominique Hawkins 6-0
Isaiah Briscoe 6-3
Derek Willis 6-9
It looks thin, as we break our own rule, and compare this team to last year's squad but all in all a solid roster. I truly do not believe we are a top 10 team but we are a top 25 ball club and should make some noise next year. A Sweet Sixteen appearance and 1st or 2nd in the SEC would be a victory for these kids.
The dreaded BUT moment: But, if Skal Labissiere's eligibility comes into question and he is forced to sit next year for part of or God forbid the entire season UK is in major trouble. The way we put the beatdown on very prestigious opponents this year do not be surprised to see UK get smoked by 30 in a couple of games, especially if Skal Labissiere is ruled ineligible.
Jalen Brown to UK? Nah, I don't see it. He may wear Nike from time to time but this kid is 100% Adidas and will attend an Adidas school. To be honest, the way he speaks of his very close relationship with Adidas' employees I am a little spooked. He may be a little too close to Adidas.
Jamal Murray to UK? Maybe, if he reclassifies but he really loves Oregon and there is a long history between Canadian players and the Ducks. I would be surprised if UK snatches him from the bills of the Ducks.
Thon Maker to UK? Maybe, but I doubt he'll be eligible anytime soon if he does commit. He has a lot of school work to do before anyone can get excited about Maker attending UK next year.
Conclusion: Unless Calipari pulls another JUCO out of his hat the team above is the team we'll have in 2015-16. So you might as well get used to it.