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Bledsoe a “one-and-done”?

Posted by ibleedblue040 on January 21, 2010

The internet has been abuzz with news that Chad Ford and Bill Simmons of ESPN.com saying that many GMs are coming away from Kentucky games and practices raving about Eric Bledsoe. Both Ford and Simmons have said that multiple front office personel have projected Bledsoe as the second-rated point guard in the 2010 NBA Draft—behind John Wall.

If both Wall and Bledsoe bolt to the draft after this season it would once again prove John Calipari’s ability to develop guards like no other coach in the country. In the past two seasons Calipari has sent Derrick Rose and Tyreke Evans to the league after just one season in college. Rose won Rookie of the Year in 2009 and it looks like Tyreke Evans is the front-runner for the same award this season.

The only downside to consistently bringing in All-American guards is the pain in losing them many at a time after just one-to-two seasons. It was expected since his senior year in high school that John Wall would be  a one-and-done but if Bledsoe leaves it would be a shock considering he was recruited to be a two-to-three year player at least.

Next season, if Bledsoe goes pro, the rotation will look much different assuming Wall, Patrick Patterson, and DeMarcus Cousins go pro as well.

Returning Players

Sr. Josh Harrellson
Jr. Darnell Dodson
Jr. DeAndre Liggins
Jr. Darius Miller
So. Daniel Orton
So. Jon Hood
Fr. Stacey Poole

That would leave only six scholarship players returning next season and leave sixopen scholarships for the 2010 class after already signing Stacey Poole, a 6-foot-4 guard out of Florida.z

Recruiting Trail

Currently Kentucky is heavily recruiting many unsigned seniors, particularly diverse inside-outside forwards like Terrence Jones and CJ Leslie. As you can see by looking at the returning players, the Cats have a bunch of guards returning but lack legitimate post threats aside from Daniel Orton. Assuming UK lands CJ Leslie, a player that many believe is Kentucky’s to lose, along with another dual-threat guard like Doron Lamb and a point guard like Josh Selby, that will still leave UK very thin in the front court.

Projected 2010 Roster
Starters

G Josh Selby (FR)
G Doron Lamb (FR)
G Darnell Dodson (JR)
F Darius Miller (JR)
C Daniel Orton (SO)

Bench

F CJ Leslie (FR)
G DeAndre Liggins (JR)
G Stacey Poole (FR)
F Josh Harrellson (SR)
G Jon Hood (SO)

It seems pretty obvious that UK will add more players to their roster because teams never leave three scholarships unfilled but as of now it appears this is what the roster will look like. Hopefully Bledsoe returns so the depth can be that much better but it appears that is going to be a smaller issue than the severe lack of front court depth that the Wildcats will have next season.

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