VAUGHT: It's never too early to speculate

When it comes to Kentucky basketball, it's never too early so speculate about what might happen when the season begins. With Big Blue Madness almost here, I decided to ask three basketball experts what question they might have about the Wildcats going into the season and how they think that question will be answered.<

When it comes to Kentucky basketball, it's never too early so speculate about what might happen when the season begins. With Big Blue Madness almost here, I decided to ask three basketball experts what question they might have about the Wildcats going into the season and how they think that question will be answered.

So enjoy the expert speculation.

First, let's go to Kyle Macy, one of the all-time favorite players at UK and former Morehead State University coach:

Macy's question -- With any team, not just UK this year, one question that must always be answered for that team to become a good team is will the team develop good chemistry?

Macy's answer -- Today the players worry too much about themselves. My points. My minutes. My spot. My playing time. That's why you really cannot predict team chemistry. It has to develop on its own. If the chemistry is right, then you can start asking other questions. Will the new players be able to step up? Where will the outside shooting come from? Can (Jared) Carter play a bigger role? Can (Randolph) Morris play a four spot facing the basket? Will (Ramel) Bradley be more consistent? But chemistry is the biggest question.

Second, let's check with Chris Dortch, Blue Ribbon Basketball Yearbook editor: Dortch's question: Can Ramel Bradley handle that delicate balancing act between knowing when to score and when to pass?

Dortch's answer: Not many players handle the role of so-called scoring point guard very well. Often such players become overly reliant on seeking their own shot. Bradley has to subordinate his offensive skills at times for the good of the team for UK to reach its potential.

Finally, here is Kenny Walker, another former UK All-American and radio talk show host:

Walker's question: What about depth?

Walker's answer: If the freshman guards come in and give us nice, solid play, then maybe Kentucky will be OK. But they are going to have to play immediately. When you are counting on at least a couple of freshmen to contribute a lot to be a successful team, you just never know if it will work out or not. But that is where the depth has to come from.

Agree? Disagree? Either way, all our questions will start getting answered shortly. Until then, just enjoy the speculation.


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