"With Morris back, nobody else can even come close to them. With Morris to go with the guards they have back and the recruits they have, they are in pretty good shape," said Conley. "I just don't see a lot of holes at Kentucky like I do other SEC teams. It still depends on what some other teams have done to fill their ranks, but Kentucky could be really good again."
So good that Conley says it's not out of the realm of possibility to see the
Wildcats as a Final Four contender if Morris comes back and significantly
improves his play.
"Morris has to play better than he did last year. I thought there were a lot
of times he could have performed better but just did not give the effort he
should have," Conley said.
Could part of that be because he was only a freshman and needed time to adjust
to college basketball?
"Those other freshmen played hard all the time. How about Rondo? He was a
freshman and he was out there busting his butt every time I saw him play,"
Conley said. "I just don't accept that Morris needed time to adjust. If you
come in with a big reputation like he did, you are supposed to play well and
you are supposed to play hard. He did have some good games, but there was not
really one game that I worked where he was just dominant. He has to be more
consistent. Kentucky fans are pretty astute and when nobody just stood up and
applauded because he was coming back should have told him something.
"We'll see how everything with Morris shakes out in a few more months. But
with an improved Morris back, there's just no reason for Kentucky not to be
the class of the SEC."
VAUGHT: If Morris returns UK will be a favorite
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