Calipari has work to do

Patrick Patterson

If John Calipari thought he was in for a rebuilding job when he got to Kentucky, he hasn't seen anything yet.

It's been clear for several weeks, and even months in some cases, that John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Eric Bledsoe and Patrick Patterson would all declare for the NBA Draft. Now Daniel Orton has tossed his name into the hat as well. If all of these players leave, that leaves Kentucky with a much depleted roster.

Yesterday the announcement came out and made it official for the freshmen above. Patrick Patterson, however, still hasn't made up his mind. The 6-foot-9 senior-to-be would go a long way in solidifying next season's roster.

Along with Patterson, only Darius Miller, DeAndre Liggins, Jon Hood, Josh Harrellson and Darnell Dodson remain on the returning roster. Kentucky has also signed 6-foot-5 swingman, Stacey Poole and they have a commitment from five-star big man Enes Kanter.

There is clearly talent there to be worked with, but the depth, especially on the frontline, is an issue. Should the freshman keep their names in the draft, there are currently only eight players on the roster for next season. That means there are five scholarships available.

Kentucky is in need of help everywhere except small forward for next season. Brandon Knight, Josh Selby, Doron Lamb, Terrence Jones, Terrance Ross and C.J. Leslie are all considering attending Kentucky.

Each of those targets would provide additional depth and talent to the roster.

Knight and Selby can both handle point guard duties for Kentucky, and with Kentucky in need of more than one point guard, the question becomes would Kentucky be able to land both. Most analysts believe that they won't. Knight has been thought of as a Kentucky lean for several weeks now. Selby was thought to be a Kentucky lean late last summer, but he still hasn't made an official visit to Lexington.

Doron Lamb and Terrance Ross both help Kentucky in a weak spot as well, shooting. The Wildcats struggled at times this year to put the ball in the basket from three point range. Both Ross (6-foot-5 and Lamb (6-foot-4) are tall shooting guards who can knock down the outside shot with regularity. Lamb has visited Kentucky and will make his decision next week at the Jordan Classic. Ross's situation is still unknown.

Kentucky also needs help at power forward. Even if Patterson returns, Kentucky will only have Kanter (who may have to sit out some games) and Josh Harrellson on the frontline. Both C.J. Leslie and Terrence Jones could provide immediate help up front for Kentucky. Leslie has been very tight lipped about his recruitment, but the front-runners appear to be Kentucky, Connecticut, North Carolina State and Florida. Jones's list hasn't changed at all in months and includes Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington and UCLA. Some indications say that Jones may want to stay on the left coast.

Either way, John Calipari has his work cut out for him in building Kentucky's 2010-2011 roster and also building depth for the future. With decisions pending in the next seven days for Brandon Knight, Josh Selby and Doron Lamb, expect the fireworks to start at anytime.


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