With the usual high turnover on his roster, John Calipari has often claimed to have the youngest team in the country. This year, the numbers actually back up the Kentucky coach.
According to John Gasaway, chief college basketball numbers-cruncher for ESPN, Kentucky will field the nation’s youngest team for the 2017-18 season.
In an ESPN Insider post, Gasaway ranked the youngest and oldest teams for the upcoming campaign. He based his rankings on the percentage of returning possession-minutes (%RPMS) each team has from 2016-17.
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Gasaway points out that using his formula, Calipari’s 2012-13 team was younger than the current version. Still, UK is the greenest in all the land for 2017-18.
“None of which is to say this latest group won’t indeed be green to an extreme, with only Wenyen Gabriel back from 2016-17,” writes Gasaway. “Those amazing Wildcat freshmen better be ready. (P.S. They likely will be.)”
The most experienced team for 2017-18?
That would be Southern Cal, according to Gasaway. Bennie Boatwright, Chimezie Metu, Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart lead team of graybeards for coach Andy Enfield, who also has Duke transfer Derryck Thornton.
Read all of Gasaway’s piece for his inexperienced and experienced rankings, plus the experience percentages for every team.
Kentucky basketball roster 2017-18
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