January 5, 2011
The Enes Kanter silver lining?
But, what you can say confidently at this point is that this team has grown by leaps and bounds. Think back to beginning of the year. Kentucky wasn’t just touted as a team that would struggle with their rebounding and their depth, they were a team that was going to be majorly exposed by it. There weren’t enough big bodies around and the ones that were in uniform weren’t nearly talented enough. It was in every magazine and on every website. Kentucky was deficient in the post and it would keep them from being a legitimate contender for the national championship. The notion that the inside presence of Josh Harrellson and Terrence Jones could not only develop into a strong suit, but also, arguably, the team’s most consistent trait, was a goofy one. Yet, fourteen games into the season, here we are. They’re the best rebounding duo since 1971-72 and have not been overmatched by a frontcourt yet.
It’s not as crazy to think now as it was in the preseason that Kentucky could make a run to the Final Four.
They’ve developed an inside presence and a fluid offense that wasn’t supposed to be present without Kanter. You won’t find most people putting them in their top two or three teams, but nearly everyone would agree that this team could find a six-game run in themselves in the spring. Think back to the preseason again. Crazy, huh? It all goes back to that development from the guys who weren’t supposed to be major factors.