Kentucky's 2012 trio a perfect fit

Alex Poythress

Knowing John Calipari, his 2012 recruiting class isn't nearly finished. But if it was, the three prospects headed to Lexington next fall would be one of the most talented trios in the nation.

Knowing John Calipari, his 2012 recruiting class isn't nearly finished. But if it was, the three prospects headed to Lexington next fall would be one of the most talented trios in the nation.

Calipari has addressed three different positions in this class. With the likelihood of sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb heading to the NBA after this season, the Wildcats needed to bring in players at both of their spots. Archie Goodwin will fill in where Lamb has left and combo forward Alex Poythress is coming in to take the place of Jones.

While neither player can truly replace players the caliber of Lamb and Jones, they can both contribute and make things easier on the returning players for the Wildcats.

Additionally, Kentucky has also added center Willie Cauley, who's athleticism and defensive ability should more than off-set the loss of senior Eloy Vargas.

Archie Goodwin, the top player in the state of Arkansas, is one of the nation's most explosive scorers going to the rim. But Goodwin isn't a player you can only play for the drive. The 6-foot-4, wing guard can knock down the outside jumper when left open.

Goodwin can also play the point guard spot in a pinch, when necessary. This versatility makes him an important piece of UK's 2012 class.

Alex Poythress is a player who will come into the program and contribute in multiple ways as well. The 6-foot-8, 210-pounder showed the ability to make the long range shot. But he doesn't just hang around on the outside. Poythress will mix it up inside and will drive to the basket with authority.

As he continues to develop, he could wind up being one of the recruits that fits perfectly with the dribble-drive offense.

The third piece of the puzzle is big man Willie Cauley. Cauley is a long, athletic center who runs the floor like a wing. The 6-foot-11, 220-pound Kansas native is raw on the court, offensively. But he knows how to finish and he cleans up on the offensive glass. But his bread and butter is on the other side of the court.

Cauley blocks shots in his area and outside of his area. He allows his teammates to roam a little more and take more chances because of his ability to alter every shot that comes his way.


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