Calipari's Offense Perfect for Many Points

Most people thought that Calipari pulled off a coup when he landed both John wall and Eric Bledsoe this spring. However what may be building for the 2010 class could be just as extraordinary, maybe even more so.

Most people thought that Calipari pulled off a coup when he landed both John wall and Eric Bledsoe this spring. However what may be building for the 2010 class could be just as extraordinary, maybe even more so.

Kentucky is currently listed among the top choices for Scout's top four point guards in the 2010 class. After being a weakness last season, going into the 2010-11 season the Wildcats may be the most talented team in the nation at the point.

Brandon Knight, Joe Jackson, Kyrie Irving and recently decommitted Josh Selby all have Kentucky among their leaders. There is actually talk that Selby and Knight both have Kentucky atop their lists. The thought of landing either or even more interestingly, both of these prospects is enough to make Wildcat fans drool.

All-world point guard John Wall is only expected to be in Lexington for a single year, as many have him projected as a lottery pick in the 2010 NBA draft. So that would leave room for at least one point guard on the roster. Only Eric Bledsoe, an outstanding point guard in his own right, would return. Could Calipari match up Bledsoe with Brandon Knight? Can Josh Selby share the court with Bledsoe? What about Irving or Jackson?

The answer is affirmative.

While Bledsoe can score and explode into the lane, he's more of a distributor. He is a true floor leader who will run his team and settle them into their offense. He will also set the tone defensively, keeping the intensity high off the ball.

Knight, much like John Wall is a point guard as well, but he's a scorer. He will get into the lane for an array of shots and make the defense pay from the outside if they choose to sag.

Jackson is similar to Bledsoe in that he is a penetrator, but he penetrates with the purpose of putting the ball in the basket. Jackson could actually be described as a very undersized shooting guard because of his ability to put points on the board.

Kyrie Irving is a true point guard who can score the ball and distribute at a high level. Irving is a dependable shooter from long range, but he can also get into the lane and make plays for others. Although Irving downplays it, Kentucky could have a slight advantage with Irving being the godson of assistant Rod Strickland.

The most recent recruit to show up on the board is Josh Selby. Selby was a Tennessee commit up until this past weekend but has decided to open his recruitment back up. A big time scorer, Selby can knock down the three, but also has a knack for getting to the rim. Much like Bledsoe, Selby is a strong defender as well.

Calipari's dribble-drive motion offense allows for multiple point guards to shine at the same time. The last two years at Memphis, Calipari has put two freshmen (Derrick Rose, Tyreke Evans) in the NBA lottery and appears to have a third headed that way after this year as well.

Most recruiting analysts expect the Wildcats to land another of the top point guards again and it's a very strong possibility that it will be one of the players listed above.


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