Freshman Impact: Kentucky

The Wildcats have national title potential, but chemistry is a big concern

Updated: May 15, 2013, 11:38 AM ET
By Seth Greenberg and Dave Telep | ESPN Insider

Aaron Harrison, Andrew HarrisonAP Photo/David J. PhillipAaron and Andrew Harrison could form one of the most lethal backcourts in the country.

For the "Freshman Impact" series, Insider's college basketball and recruiting experts will be teaming up to examine how 15 of the nation's best recruiting classes will fit in with their teams in the 2013-14 season.

Today, Seth Greenberg and Dave Telep look at the Kentucky Wildcats. For links to the rest of the articles, click here.


Seth: There's no denying the talent that will be on this 2013-14 Kentucky roster. But the question for me is: Can that talent be harnessed to create a team?

Some of the same concerns I had about last season's Kentucky team still resonate with me when looking at this new group. Who is going to coach the locker room? Will they have a strong enough leader to set the tone?

I think that Alex Poythress will have to step up and be more vocal. Is Kyle Wiltjer a guy the other players will follow? Does Willie Cauley-Stein have the personality to show the freshmen how to do things?

They may be the best recruiting class ever on paper, but even coach John Calipari won't know what he has in this group until they all get to campus.