January 6, 2011

Brennan: Thoughts from the week that was

Kentucky keeps getting better. You know what’s scary? That this Kentucky team -- a group packed with star-studded freshmen Brandon Knight, Doron Lamb and Terrence Jones -- is still missing its best player. Enes Kanter may or may not be eligible in 2011 (the NCAA’s final decision on the Turkish forward’s eligibility should be just around the corner), but with their convincing win at Louisville on New Year’s Eve, the Wildcats proved they’re capable of a deep tournament run with or without Kanter. Like the team he leads, Knight continues to improve his all-around efficiency, and the emergence of forward Josh Harrellson -- who exploited Louisville’s shallow front line with a career day Friday -- gives Kentucky a major interior boost. To think this team is still scratching the surface of its potential, and doing so while a likely top-five NBA draft pick sits on the sideline in warm-ups, is a frightening proposition for a suddenly shaky SEC East.
Eamonn Brennan

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