Chris Dortch on Cal's Dribble Drive

Dortch: "I'm eager to see how quickly coach Calipari blends so many newcomers with returning players who have never played his system.

Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Editor Chris Dortch thinks this could be a special year for John Calipari's Wildcats.

Here are some of his thoughts on the Cats: Question: When will the Blue Ribbon ratings be coming out and are UK fans going to like them a lot more this year?

Dortch: "I'm betting they will like them. Our rankings will come out sometime around Sept. 20. UK will be somewhere in our top 10. Not sure just where yet."

Question: Who do you think will be Kentucky's best player?

Dortch: "I still think that honor goes to Patrick Patterson. He'll get a chance to show what he can do with his face-up game this year."

Question: What intrigues you the most about Kentucky's team this year?

Dortch: "I'm eager to see how quickly coach Calipari blends so many newcomers with returning players who have never played his system. I think freshmen and/or newcomers can run the dribble-drive motion quickly and efficiently because it takes a major problem all freshmen have out of the equation—shot selection. Because in this offense you're either attacking the rim or shooting wide-open jumpers. Decision making is much easier, and that's they key to good shot selection. So many freshman take shots they shouldn't and pass up others they should take. "Cal should be able to take so much talent and get it playing together. He also stresses the defensive end, which was an under-reported factor in his success at Memphis."

Question: What would be the biggest concern/weakness for Kentucky going into this season?

Dortch: "Consistent three-point shooting."

Question: Who will make the biggest impact for UK this year — John Wall or DeMarcus Cousins? Dortch: "I think it will be Wall. If Calipari's recent history holds, he'll have Wall running the offense efficiently right around the time SEC play begins. But don't undersell Eric Bledsoe. He's perfect for this offense, too. They could play together."


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