Men's Basketball

Preseason Kentucky college All-State teams

Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress, left, forward Willie Cauley-Stein and forward Karl-Anthony Towns watched from the bench during Sunday's exhibition game against Pikeville.
Kentucky Wildcats forward Alex Poythress, left, forward Willie Cauley-Stein and forward Karl-Anthony Towns watched from the bench during Sunday's exhibition game against Pikeville. Herald-Leader

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Alex Poythress, F, Kentucky. The 6-foot-8 junior was the breakout player (11.8 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 75 percent field-goal shooting) of UK's summer tour of the Bahamas. But can he thrive if he has to play small forward?

Montrezl Harrell, F, Louisville. The 6-8, 240-pound junior produced 11 double- doubles in Louisville's final 22 games. He should be sitting on a monster year.

Willie Cauley-Stein, C, Kentucky. Giving the 7-foot junior the edge on experience, but this could just as easily be 7-foot sophomore Dakari Johnson or 6-11 freshman Karl-Anthony Towns.

Aaron Harrison, G, Kentucky. Be interesting to see what the 6-6 sophomore does for an encore after those three NCAA Tournament game winners.

Terry Rozier, G, Louisville. The 6-1 product of Youngstown, Ohio, averaged 8.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.5 steals last year as a freshman in conference play. Even last year, with Russ Smith on the Cardinals roster, some claimed Rozier was the U of L guard with the most pro potential.

Player of the Year: Montrezl Harrell, Louisville

Newcomer of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

Coach of the Year: Sean Woods, Morehead StateWOMEN

Sara Hammond, F, Louisville. The 6-2 former Rockcastle County star shot 51 percent last season while averaging 10.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game. With Shoni Schimmel gone, Hammond should become U of L's prime player.

Chastity Gooch, F, Western Kentucky. The 6-foot Franklin-Simpson product enters her senior season with 1,322 points and 840 rebounds. A double-double machine.

Makayla Epps, G, Kentucky. Word out of the UK camp this fall has been that the ex-Marion County star, a 5-10 sophomore, could be on the verge of a breakout year.

Alexis Govan, G, Western Kentucky. The 5-10 senior only got to play 11 games last season before a stress fracture in her left leg sidelined her. Two years ago, Govan, a San Antonio product, averaged 20.3 points and had a 42-point game against North Texas.

Jennifer O'Neill, G, Kentucky. When O'Neill is "on," there's no more explosive (or entertaining) player in Kentucky college basketball. However, the 5-6 New York product has too many games where she is "off" and all but disappears. In her senior year, can the mercurial Kentucky guard find consistency?

Player of the Year: Chastity Gooch, Western Ky.

Newcomer of the Year: Alexis Jennings, Kentucky

Coach of the Year: Michelle Clark-Heard, Western Ky.

Mark Story

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