Based on what Kentucky coach John Calipari told veteran college basketball writer Dick "Hoops" Weiss, the UK?coach is not afraid to go into next season with the roster he has put together if the Wildcats do not add another player.
Calipari lost five starters, his first player off the bench and another senior off last season's national championship team. He'll go into the 2012-13 season with North Carolina State transfer Ryan Harrow, sophomore Kyle Wiltjer (the player with the most experience returning) and four signees — 6-11 center Nerlens Noel, 6-4 guard Archie Goodwin, 6-8 forward Alex Poythress and 7-0 center Willie Cauley.
"We could use maybe one more guy," Calipari told the New York Daily News writer. "A year ago, we played six and we went to the Final Four. This year, I played seven guys, really six and we went to the final game and won the title. This year coming up, I hope to have seven. But if it doesn't happen, I can live with that. I like my team."
Weiss spent about 30 minutes one-on-one with Calipari when he was at the New York Athletic Club to receive an award.
"John has a totally unconventional way to look at many things," Weiss said. "They had perfect chemistry last year. It was the perfect storm. No one got hurt. They didn't have a point guard or center go down. Everybody stayed healthy. But maybe he can do it that way again.?He's convinced he can if that's what it takes if he does not add another player or two."
Weiss noted that Calipari will still have five five-star players — Harrow, Wiltjer, Poythress, Goodwin and Noel — on this team next season, and that's more than most teams will have.
"The team will be young, but the point guard has been there a year at practice and Wiltjer played some," Weiss said. "Noel is really good. Goodwin and Poythress are very, very good. Cauley must be athletic to do what he did in football and basketball. They will have talent."