Goodwin, Poythress & Cauley-Stein Expected to Stay at UK; Impacts Recruiting of Top Players

Three key Kentucky freshmen indicated after last night’s season-ending 59-57 loss to Robert Morris in the NIT that they will return to campus for their sophomore seasons, which has major implications not only for next year’s national college basketball landscape but also for the impending recruiting decisions of Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, too.

Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein all said they would return to Kentucky, which would give the Wildcats a very deep and experienced team coming back in 2013-14 — similar to what they had last season when they won the NCAA championship with a group of talented freshmen plus two sophomores and a senior.

Coach John Calipari already has a six-man recruiting class coming in, including five McDonald’s All-Americans.

Randle will announce at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) and is expected to choose between Kentucky and Kansas.

(Vote here in the ZAGSBLOG poll on where he will land.)

With Poythress and Cauley-Stein returning to a frontcourt that will add Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and Dakari Johnson, is there room for Randle?

The same goes for Gordon, a Blake Griffin clone who is also mulling Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

Similarly, the Cats will now have Goodwin on the wing joining incoming recruits Aaron and Andrew Harrison and James Young. 

Wiggins, the projected No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, would add another talented wing player to the mix, but is there room enough for all those guys to play on the same team?

Wiggins is also considering Florida State, North Carolina and Kansas.

The 6-4 Goodwin is projected at No. 18 on the DraftExpress.com Mock Draft. He told reporters according to Kyle Tucker: “I don’t think I’m ready to go. It’s no reason why I think any of our guys should really leave. We should come back next year … and just try to do better than what we did this year. Because the expectations we had for ourselves this year, we didn’t meet them at all. We didn’t come close. So I think think that’s what says we should all come back.”

The 6-7 Poythress is projected at No. 13 in the Mock Draft and also indicated he would return.

“Yeah, I do,” he said. “I don’t think I’m ready (for the NBA). I don’t even think I’m ready for – you’ve just got to get used to it. You’ve just gotta come back and be focused on the offseason. That’s when you get better and just continue to regroup and come back and maybe next year we can have a better year. We’ll have a lot of leadership, a lot of veteran players. This year we had a couple. Julius did the best job he could in the world to be our leader, but it just falls back on the followers. We didn’t do the best job following. It falls back on us.”

The 7-1 Cauley-Stein said he still wants to win a national title at Kentucky.

“I want to win a national championship,” he said. “Could be next year. Could be the year after. But I never won a ring before, and I really want a ring before I leave college.”

He did say he would consider the NBA.

“Absolutely,” he said. “I’ve just gotta look out for me and my family. If it comes down to it, if my family needs me, then I’ll go. But if not, I’ll stay and get a couple more years of education and develop myself (into) more of an all-around basketball player.”

Injured center Nerlens Noel is expected to go in the top couple of picks in the draft, but has yet to announce his plans.

All of this news should also be music to the ears of Charles Barkley, who recently told me that most, if not all, of Kentucky’s stars from last year’s team should’ve stayed in school.





117 comments
J. Smooth
J. Smooth

Regarding the next head coach, I want the Jets to hire someone I've never heard of, someone who wants to get ahead of the curve. Not interested in dinosaurs like Gruden or Cowher, or big ego guys like Harbaugh

cippycups
cippycups

I'm on the Harbough train and have been for a few weeks now. If he's here and fails....you can blame me instead of Brendan

roadyhorns
roadyhorns

Adam Gase is the right choice.  Vote for Gase.


Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

Also twitter is telling me our push for Harbaugh includes giving him GM control... Is that true?

WW85
WW85

In 35 days idzik will be gone and everyone(except 2 guys) on here will breathe easier. Rex will be gone too and most of us will miss him and the energy he brought to this franchise.

If Idzik remains I will simply throw up in my mouth a little bit

Zartan
Zartan

@nickballs good with ugly, usually want to win as many as possible but like 2-14(that looks and sounds terrible).

jsadolph
jsadolph

@a57se 

I'm not a huge fan of Harbaugh, but there is some definate upside.  Plus the last coach to get traded was a QB developing coach that won the Superbowl in his first year with his new team.  So its not all that bad. 

hitchhiker
hitchhiker

I can't imagine Harbaugh would agree to work under the idiot currently posing as the Jets current GM.

WW85
WW85

Anywhere Harbaugh goes he will want full football control. The raiders or the Jets will give it to him. I don't see him leaving the Bay Area so I think it doesn't matter but he'd be a big improvement over idzik.

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 There's no guarantee he's gone, though. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph Are you talking about Gruden? 


Because if so, Herm is INSULTED you could forget about him like that. 

WW85
WW85

it is the Devils work of which you speak. Let it never be spoken again

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan @jsadolph 

I completely forgot about that.  I had it in my mind that he was fired for incompetence.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Can I take it that you aren't a fan of Harbaugh? 

Brendan
Brendan

@roadyhorns Because that overgrown baby running a franchise completely unchecked has "disaster" written all over it. 

Brendan
Brendan

@WW85 I've been saying it for a while, because I think there's a very real chance they keep him. 


For the record, since I assume you put me in that "except 2 guys" category, I won't lose any sleep if they fire him. 

Brendan
Brendan

@jsadolph I still laugh about that once in a while. Someone saw Herm coach the Jets, then wanted him SO BADLY they traded for him. I mean....wow. 

jsadolph
jsadolph

@Brendan @Marcus Armstrong 

I would love it if Woody became enamored with a Offensive Minded coach that can develop a QB.  And I don't care if the coach is a complete A-hole.  This team is in need of a coach that isn't buddy buddy with the players.  We need a coach.

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@Brendan @Marcus Armstrong You'd have to be to consider trading a pick for him. But I don't think full control is necessarily a bad idea, personally. 


[Giving it to Harbaugh might be, but that's another matter]

WW85
WW85

Not you. I've seen you in the record saying he should be fired

WW85
WW85

@a57se @Brendan Yeah, He really stinks. He took Stanford from a  one win team to a 1 loss team.. The 49ers lose 3-4 games per year under his tenure until this year. What a joker he is.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Well, they turned Smith into Tank Carradine, Carlos Hyde and Chris Borland. So, they may end up with the better end of that deal. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Marcus Armstrong I'm not against it in principle, just with Harbaugh who I think needs someone like York in SF to be some kind of resistance or buffer for Harbaugh. 

WW85
WW85

@a57se I read what you think. I also know how hard it is to win 11-13 games year after year. He didnt get lucky. He lost a Superbowl. I dont love Harbaugh but to say that he sucks is just ludicrous.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Even if it was stacked, he took it to three straight NFC title games and a SB. 


I don't like the guy at all and full control is a pending disaster, imo, but even I can admit he's a good coach. 

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Marginally better. Smith isn't anything special, you're not winning SB's with him. 

J. Smooth
J. Smooth

@Brendan @a57se With Borland playing as well as he is, I wonder if the Niners cut Patrick Willis to save up money to sign guys like Iupati, Smith, and Crabtree.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Borland is the 3rd ranked ILB in the league, you're vastly underrating how well he's played. 


He's probably heard "too small, too slow" more times than you can count, btw. 

WW85
WW85

@a57se @WW85 Point taken. You didn't say it. You just implied it.

Bent
Bent moderator

@a57se @Brendan He might be an a-hole, but maybe an a-hole is exactly what this team needs.

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se I don't even know if that's true. Kaep took that team to a SB. 

Marcus Armstrong
Marcus Armstrong

@a57se @Marcus Armstrong @Brendan They wanted him at DT. He's the heir to Justin Smith. He'll get his PT eventually.


And Smith... Played well due to scheme, but he's not a good player... And they got good value for him. That's a win.

WW85
WW85

@a57se The guy takes the 49ers from 6-10 to 13-3, then 11-4,  12-4 & now 7-5. You call one mediocre year a regression after not losing more than 4 games every year with constant NFCCg and SB loss vs his brother?  You want to critique him for being a dictator?  Fine, but his HC record is pretty stellar & it was at Stanford as well

nickballs
nickballs

@WW85 @a57se its pretty funny when 57 tells us Rex is a better coach.....when he just went 8-8, 6-10, 8-8, and terrible this year......i mean, i love REx but very tough to sell us on him being a better coach.....not to meniton Rex took 2 shots at getting a young QB and then both crashed and burned.....Harbaugh atleast got Kaepernick who wayyyyyyyyyy better than the guys REx "found"...even if u dont want to blame Geno on Rex, i still blame Sanchez on him....

Brendan
Brendan

@a57se Except they knew Smith wasn't ever going to lead them where they needed to go.