And given Kentucky’s lack of a physical post presence a year ago, Adebayo would have been a good fit for that squad as well. But he can be a valuable reserve, especially when considering what he learned as a freshman. G: Malik Monk (Freshman) Ranked 11th in the Class of 2016 according to’s composite rankings, Monk picked Kentucky over remaining in his home state and playing for Mike Anderson at Arkansas (his brother Marcus played football there). Standing at 6-foot-3, Fox is one of the most athletic players in the freshman class and he gives Kentucky more size and athleticism at the point guard spot. G: Dominique Hawkins (Senior; 2.3 ppg) Hawkins played an average of just 9.2 minutes per game last season, but that doesn’t mean he’s a limited contributor. Calipari will get to coach his son Brad, who’s one of the team’s six incoming freshmen (Getty), G Brad Calipari De'Aaron Fox, PG Malik Monk, SG Edrice Adebayo, PF Wenyen Gabriel, PF Sacha Killeya-Jones, PF2016-01-03T21:03:24.000Z. LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK has released its 2016-17 men’s basketball roster in advance of the fall semester. “His feet move fast, so does his mind,” Calipari said during the team’s media day Thursday. Video | John Calipari updates UK's offseason, Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari updates UK's offseason. And with this team setting up to be very active defensively in hopes of forcing turnovers and getting out in the open floor, Gabriel may be the best choice at a spot where Kentucky has multiple options to choose from. But that’s all time.”. 1 recruiting class in the country with five 5-star commitments in the Class of 2016… He’s been more vocal during the team’s practices to start the season, as evidenced during the team’s NBA combine on Sunday. 1 recruiting class in the country with five 5-star commitments in the Class of 2016. But in looking at the overall talent in Kentucky’s 2016 recruiting haul, Killeya-Jones seems to be flying under the radar. But Kentucky isn’t “many programs,” and under Calipari one highly regarded recruiting class is followed by another the next season. May 11, 2016, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Kentucky's 2016 Class is made up of FIVE 5-StarsOnce again Coach John Calipari has assembled the No. MBB: Coach Calipari – 2016 Signing Class Recap, Coach Calipari reviews the 2016 Signing Class. You can see the full roster with heights, weights and numbers below. Powered by. Add that group to returnees such as guard Isaiah Briscoe and forward Derek Willis, and Kentucky has the talent needed to play deep into March. You can see the full roster with heights, weights and numbers below. Kentucky’s six-member freshman class has five five-star prospects led by guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and power forward Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, and it’s ranked right there with Duke for the best in the country entering the 2016-17 season. MBB: Coach Calipari – 2016 Signing Class RecapCoach Calipari reviews the 2016 Signing Class. (Bentonville)10 -- Jonny David, G, 6-2, 184, So., Pittsburgh (Mt. He played in 24 of a possible 36 games, averaging just 3.8 minutes per contest and scoring a total of 12 points on the year. Getting Monk to be under control while playing with the speed and explosive athleticism that he brings to the table has been the early point of emphasis for Calipari in the team’s practices. 1 recruiting class in the country with five 5-star commitments in the Class of 2016. (UK notes heights and weights are unofficial and will be updated before the season), 0 -- De’Aaron Fox, G, 6-3, 180, Fr., Houston (Cypress Lakes)1 -- Sacha Killeya-Jones, F, 6-10, 224, Fr., Chapel Hill, N.C. (Virginia Episcopal)3 -- Edrice “Bam” Adebayo, F, 6-10, 255, Fr., Little Washington, N.C. (High Point Christian Academy)5 -- Malik Monk, G, 6-3, 200, Fr., Lepanto, Ark. Washington, Ky. (Bullitt East). And given the options ahead of him, Wynyard faces a tough battle for playing time. – Facebook – – Twitter- @KYwildcatsTV – Instagram- kywildcatstv Also notable from the combine was Briscoe’s improved shooting motion, which should help the New Jersey native post better shooting numbers (13.5% 3PT, 46.0% FT) in 2016-17 than he did as a freshman. F: Isaac Humphries (Sophomore; 1.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg) Kentucky’s front court struggles last season opened the door for others to step up, with Derek Willis being the biggest beneficiary. He’ll get plenty of minutes this season, and Kentucky has multiple players capable of giving Adebayo a breather as well. G: De’Aaron Fox (Freshman) The Houston native finished his senior season ranked sixth in the Class of 2016 according to’s composite rankings. He’ll see plenty of time of the floor due to his length and athleticism. If you have a problem with that, create your own web site. LEXINGTON, Ky. – UK has released its 2016-17 men’s basketball roster in advance of the fall semester. Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ . G Jonny David At 6-foot-10, 254 pounds, Wynyard can be a physical presence in the front court off the bench this season. G: Isaiah Briscoe (Sophomore; 9.6 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.1 apg) Speaking of the leadership void, Briscoe is a candidate to grab the reins. For many programs losing three quality options, especially two players in Murray and Ulis who combine to average 37.3 points per game with the latter also being the team leader, would be extremely difficult to overcome. A 6-foot-10 forward, Killeya-Jones struggled with a nagging knee issue early in practice is back to full strength. F: Wenyen Gabriel (Freshman) Ranked 14th in the Class of 2016 in the composite rankings, the 6-foot-9 Gabriel is an athletic prospect capable of playing either forward spot. Here’s an early look at the Wildcats’ roster, with their regular season beginning at home against Stephen F. Austin November 11th. Please send all additions/corrections to Jon Scott “We’re trying to slow his mind down a little bit. However in replacing the departed Ulis, Fox has some big shoes to fill when it comes to the intangible and leadership Ulis provided. Ulis was lauded throughout the 2015-16 season for his leadership, serving as an extension of Calipari on the court for a team in need of a leader. F: Tai Wynyard (Redshirt Freshman) The New Zealand native joined the Kentucky program at the end of the fall semester last season, but ultimately it was decided that Wynyard would be best served taking a redshirt. While playing will likely be scarce, the value of Calipari, David and Pulliam will come in practices as they’ll be asked to give the key contributors a good look when it comes to game preparation (scout team). Throughout his career Hawkins has remained ready to contribute, and he’ll be a positive influence on a team that while incredibly gifted isn’t all that experienced. After winning 27 games and a share of the SEC regular season title last year, Kentucky's looking to win the program's ninth national title. Willis shot 44.2 percent from three last year, and that ability to provide spacing will make him a valuable reserve. That void is the biggest question Kentucky has to address going into the 2016-17 season, and Fox will be one of the players asked to help lead the way. G Dillon Pulliam. F: Edrice “Bam” Adebayo (Freshman) A preseason first team All-SEC selection, the 6-foot-10 Adebayo is a powerful post presence who finishes above the rim with authority. Sophomore Isaiah Briscoe will be in a leadership position this season (Getty).

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