By LARRY VAUGHT
Now that John Calipari has had a majority of his best players decide to return to Kentucky for another season, it’s not surprising that a national story now seems to how can any coach keep such a deep, talented roster like UK will have next season happy.
Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, has heard the speculation — and knows it must be amusing to Calipari.
“We’ll certainly find out if he can keep them all happy. I don’t have numbers, but there’s no way a team has ever had so many McDonald’s guys on its roster (Duke will also have nine next year if nothing changes). The danger with all that talent is that some very good players who have been used to being stars have to sit or play reduced minutes,” Dortch said.
“Can Cal keep them happy? Maybe he starts to expand his rotation a little bit and really turns loose the defensive heat. Or if he doesn’t, maybe some guys become unhappy.
“That’s a tough situation, but if given the choice between have nine McDonald’s All-Americans and none, I’d take nine any day of the week. And I’ll bet every coach in Division I would, too.”
So do I.