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John Calipari will have his youngest Kentucky team ever -- and still likely be good

John Calipari will have his youngest Kentucky team ever -- and still likely be good
Published On: Tue, Apr 25
Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Naismith hall of fame president John Doleva stands with 2015 inductees from left Jerry Coangelo , Dick Bevetta , John Calipari , Louis Dampier , Jo Jo White , Spencer Heywood and Dikembe Mutombo in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky will be good again next season because Kentucky is always good.

Let's make that clear up front.

But with Monday's news that Bam Adebayo is staying in the NBA Draft, we now know for sure that John Calipari will have his most inexperienced roster ever in 2017-18 because eight of the top nine scorers from this season's team that won the SEC regular-season title, SEC tournament title and played in the Elite Eight are officially gone. That's 80.8 points per game out the door. Which means UK is losing more points per game than 324 teams even averaged this past season.

The leading returning scorer?

It's Wenyen Gabriel -- a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 4.6 points in 17.8 minutes per game. He's the only returning Wildcat who averaged at least seven minutes per game. He scored exactly one point in Kentucky's four NCAA Tournament contests.

Simply put, this is new territory -- even for Calipari.

Yes, he's used to coaching young teams.

But he's never been this young

Here's proof:

Calipari's 2010 team featured Patrick Patterson -- a junior who had averaged 17.9 points and 33.7 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2011 team featured Darius Miller -- a junior who had averaged 6.5 points and 21.2 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2012 team featured Terrence Jones -- a sophomore who had averaged 15.7 points and 31.5 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2013 team featured Kyle Wiltjer -- a sophomore who had averaged 5.0 points and 11.6 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2014 team featured Alex Poythress -- a sophomore who had averaged 11.2 points and 25.8 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2015 team featured Aaron Harrison -- a sophomore who had averaged 13.7 points and 32.6 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2016 team featured Tyler Ulis -- a sophomore who had averaged 5.6 points and 23.8 minutes the previous season.

Calipari's 2017 team featured Isaiah Briscoe -- a sophomore who had averaged 9.6 points and 32.2 minutes the previous season.

In other words, this will be the first time Calipari has coached a UK team without a returning player who averaged at least 5.0 points in the previous season.

Read the complete news article here...


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