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16 Kentucky
Mark Bechtel
November 20, 2000
The Wildcats' frontcourt is fortified by the late acquisition of a blue-chip recruit
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November 20, 2000

16 Kentucky

The Wildcats' frontcourt is fortified by the late acquisition of a blue-chip recruit

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STARTING LINEUP

POS.

PALYER

HT.

CL.

KEY STAT

SF

Tayshaun Prince#

6'9"

Jr.

13.3 ppg

PF

Marvin Stone

6'10"

So.

49.2 FG%

C

Jason Parker

6'8"

Fr.

20.1 ppg*

SG

Keith Bogans#

6'5"

So.

12.5 ppg

PG

Saul Smith#

6'2"

Sr.

3.5 apg

1999-2000 record 23-10

Final rank (coaches' poll): No. 22

#Returning starter

*As a high school senior

Sometimes the best gifts come from the most unlikely sources. When North Carolina decided not to admit blue-chip big man Jason Parker after his latest—and lone qualifying—SAT score was invalidated by the testing service, he fell into the lap of another big blue power. In August, Kentucky examined Parker's high school transcript and found that he hadn't gotten credit for advanced placement classes. After his GPA was recalculated, it turned out to be high enough for him to qualify with a previous SAT score. It's tough to tell who ended up feeling more embarrassed: Parker, whose integrity was called into question by the suspicious 45% rise in his SATs, or Carolina, which now has to watch him play for another school. Regardless, Parker is a Wildcat, and his saga isn't over yet: Kentucky and Carolina meet on Dec. 2 in Chapel Hill.

Parker's presence inside will allow sophomore Marvin Stone to play facing the basket. Stone, in the words of Smith, is "one of the best-passing big men around." Last year, though, having the ability to find an open guard for a J wasn't necessarily an asset. The Wildcats will need better years out of sophomore Keith Bogans (29.3% from three-point range) and junior Tayshaun Prince (30.7%). The 6'5" Bogans, who put on the freshman 15 and then some, trimmed down by about 20 pounds over the summer, to 205.

A better perimeter attack will ease the load on Parker, who did not enroll at Kentucky until after the first week of classes. But he's settling in nicely. When asked the easiest thing about the first two months of college, Parker said, "Classes." If he's that quick a study on the floor, the Wildcats will be dangerous.

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