Sorting out position logjams
Who should start in Kentucky's frontcourt? VCU's backcourt?
But college basketball, of course, allows no such roster manipulation. And, given the vagaries of recruiting, programs occasionally end up with a glut of talent at a given position. Coaches refer to this as a good problem. They use the numbers game to make practices more competitive and focused. But an abundance of talent can also cause problems, as coaches search for ways to get their best players on the floor together without compromising their system.
With just a few weeks until the start of practice, four teams stand out for the combination of quantity and quality they've packed into specific position groups. How the staffs at Kentucky, Duke, Iowa and VCU handle the bloated portions of their depth charts will be a critical factor in each team's ultimate outcome.
The dilemma: John Calipari's revolving one-and-done door typically has led to top-heavy rosters and short benches. But this season, Kentucky is loaded in the post with five potential first-round picks. Even with Poythress at small forward, there are only 80 minutes available in the post. And two of the four candidates -- Randle and Cauley-Stein -- are simply too good to sit for long stretches.
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