Predicting the Kentucky Wildcats Starting 5 for Next Season

Kentucky had a down year last season and still ended up with an SEC championship and a trip to the Elite Eight. They lost a couple key players in Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander but are once again bringing in some elite talent to replace them. Kentucky is looking to bounce back and return to the National Championship game. This is the lineup that might get them there. 

5. Immanuel Quickley

Calipari has never shied away from giving true freshman big roles. Quickley has the athleticism and playmaking ability to be a dominating point guard at the college level. His size and quickness give him the ability to drive whenever he wants and his shot is consistent enough to keep defenses honest. Quickley should be the Wildcats point guard next season and he could end up being their best player overall as well. 

4. Tyler Herro

Considering how this lineup spaces out on the court a lethal shooter should have a field day finding open shots. Enter Tyler Herro stage right. Herro is an athletic shooting guard with size out of Wisconsin. He is a lights out shooter who would fit well on Quickley's wing. He would be playing off the ball a lot but when given the opportunity he can create his own offense. This is always a good safety valve to have if the offense begins to stall. 

3. PJ Washington

Washington had the opportunity to enter the 2018 NBA Draft. He ended up returning to Kentucky and will likely be one of the guys Calipari looks to to lead the team on the court. The forward is extremely versatile. Washington has shown he can play in the post as well as shoot from beyond the arc. His length and athleticism allows for him to guard multiple positions as well. Look for him to play a key role next season.

2. Reid Travis

Travis was a highly recruited transfer out of Stanford. He put up some crazy numbers during his junior year, averaging 19.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Travis doesn't shoot well from the outside but that doesn't matter when he attacks the rim with a reckless abandonment. His presence in the paint will open up outside shots for players like Herro and Quickley. It would be insane for Calipari to not fully utilize Travis from the get go. 

1. EJ Montgomery

Montgomery will play the de facto center position despite being listed as a power forward. His combination of ball skills and basketball I.Q will allow for him to have an immediate and significant impact at the college level. Montgomery has the length necessary to be a rim protector on the defensive end and the versatility to score in a variety of ways on offense. He is probably the most talented player on Kentucky's roster right now.