What do you do when your five best players head to the NBA and all get selected in the first round of the draft?
Most programs would utterly collapse and have to rebuild from the bottom back up, but not Kentucky. The Wildcats just reload with the country's top recruiting class, keeping them among the nation's best teams.
There will certainly be an adjustment period for the Wildcats, and they aren't going to hit the ground running coming right out of the gate. When you lose a John Wall and a DeMarcus Cousins, it's hard to overcome that.
This year's group will be lead by point guard Brandon Knight, one of the top freshmen in the country. Knight is not on the same level as Wall, but there isn't going to be a huge drop-off, either.
Doron Lamb, another freshman, can really knock down outside shots. Terrence Jones was one of the top 10 recruits in the country and should be a real force in the low post.
While Kentucky won't be a national championship contender this year, they will be right in the middle of the SEC title race. If nothing else, it will be a lot of fun to watch this young group develop and grow together throughout the season. By the end of the year, they should be playing very good basketball.
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