Kenny Walker projects UK starting lineup

Even though it is early, it's never too early to start projecting who the starters could be for coach Billy Gillispie this season.

I think the five best guys that give you the best chance to win are Patrick Patterson, Perry Stevenson, Jodie Meeks and the seniors, Joe Crawford and Ramel Bradley.

Patterson is a power forward that Kentucky fans have been wanting for the last four or five years. He is going to be the guy now that Randolph Morris is gone that has to give you some low post present. Billy Gillispie talked about getting him a lot of touches. I think he needs to make him the focal point of the low post offense.

I think Stevenson since you are not going to have a traditional center in the post, he is a guy that can protect the basket and give you a shot-blocking intimidator on the inside. I think he his quick enough in transition that he can get up and down the floor. You don't have to run a lot of plays for him because he can pick up eight or nine points a night just from getting in transition and rebounds.

Meeks, pound for pound, is the best player on the team. I think he can provide a lot. He showed a lot last year. There are no weaknesses in his game. He can rebound. He is fearless. He can score outside. He can take you off the dribble. He is a good defensive player.

I think it is very important that you get Crawford and Bradley to buy into your system early. You know they are on their way out, so you have to get them to buy in. If they do, it will be a great thing and everybody else will follow. If you don't, then you have a big problem because you have to make some decisions about sitting down two guys that you are not going to have in the future and invest that time with some younger guys.

Then I am coming off the bench with Alex Legion, Derrick Jasper and A.J. Stewart. I think that is going to be a solid eight-man rotation and the maybe ask Michael Porter to fill in some backup guard duty. I think that gives you a terrific team.

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