Last year’s championship team was big. Towns, Cauley-Stein, Lyle and Johnson were all pushing seven-feet-tall. The recruiting class for this year is not, but have no fear. One of the benefits to being a basketball powerhouse is that patience usually pays off. Seemingly out of nowhere, UK basketball gets a commitment from Isaac Humphries. This Australian just happens to be a mighty seven-footer and a huge addition to the Wildcat hoops team.
At seven-feet tall and weighing in at 260 pounds, the 17-year-old provides the Wildcats with a much-needed presence underneath the basket. Aside from Humphries, freshman Skal Labissiere stands at 6’ 11”, and Juniors Derek Willis and Markus Lee at 6’9”.
The 2015-16 Wildcats squad will not be overpowering, but that doesn’t mean that they won’t dominate opponents outside Lexington. Led by sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, the Cats have an exciting group of players who should once again compete for the title.
Freshman Isaiah Briscoe will become well known, ranked as the number one point guard in the class of 2015. He’ll end up playing shooting guard, which will be beneficial during big games when UK encounters trap defenses. The towering 6’ 8” senior Alex Poythress is coming off of ACL surgery, and is now ready to start where he left off a few years ago. As for the big men, Lee will be an anchor defensively and Labissiere may be the best player in the country this year.
Overall, there are plenty of reasons for excitement here is Lexington as we near the beginning of the college basketball season, which is just over a month away for the University of Kentucky. From the Wildcat-loving folks at Glenn Hyundai in Lexington, the weather report shows blue skies ahead (just as bright as the matte blue 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition, which is perfect for tailgating)!