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Official roster confirms 2014-15 Cats really big

Over the last couple of weeks, you’ve heard from us and the media about how tall and trim the 2014-15 Wildcats look. We even did a video to show the work the players have been doing in the strength and conditioning program.

Those reports appear to be true. Kentucky just released its official pre-Bahamas trip roster, and well, this team is really tall and really trim.

Based on the numbers UK released Wednesday, the players that needed to shed a few pound did, and the guys who could use a little bit more muscle mass appear to have done so.

And oh, by the way, they’re still really tall.

We don’t have the average heights of every single team at Kentucky, but we’d be making a pretty safe assumption in saying this is one of the tallest teams, if not the tallest team, in UK history. What we do know is it’s the tallest team of the John Calipari era, which is saying something with some of the trees that have made up the program over the last five years.

Check out the official measurements below and then scroll below that to go behind the numbers of the 2014-15 roster.

No Name Position Ht Wt Cl Hometown (last school)
00 Marcus Lee Forward 6-9 220 So. Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley)
1 Devin Booker Guard 6-6 206 Fr. Grand Rapids, Mich. (Moss Point)
2 Aaron Harrison Guard 6-6 212 So. Fort Bend, Texas (Travis)
3 Tyler Ulis Guard 5-9 155 Fr. Lima, Ohio (Marian Catholic)
5 Andrew Harrison Guard 6-6 210 So. Fort Bend, Texas (Travis)
12 Karl-Anthony Towns Forward 6-11 250 Fr. Piscataway, N.J. (St. Joseph)
13 Sam Malone Guard 5-11 185 Sr. Scituate, Mass. (Scituate)
15 Willie Cauley-Stein Forward 7-0 240 Jr. Olathe, Kan. (Northwest)
21 Tod Lanter Guard 6-2 189 Sr. Lexington, Ky. (Gulf Coast State CC)
22 Alex Poythress Forward 6-8 238 Jr. Clarksville, Tenn. (Northeast)
24 EJ Floreal Guard 6-4 200 So. Lexington, Ky. (Dunbar)
25 Dominique Hawkins Guard 6-0 195 So. Richmond, Ky. (Madison Central)
32 Brian Long Guard 5-9 155 Sr. Dumont, N.J. (River Dell)
35 Derek Willis Forward 6-9 216 So. Mt. Washington, Ky. (Bullitt East)
41 Trey Lyles Forward 6-10 235 Fr. Indianapolis (Arsenal Technical)
44 Dakari Johnson Center 7-0 255 So. Brooklyn, N.Y. (Montverde Academy)

 

  • Combined, the 16 players (12 scholarship players and four walk-ons) make up 103 feet, four inches and 3,341 pounds.
  • The average height of this team is 6-foot-5.5, just a smidge taller than last year’s team, which had an average height of 6-5.4. That’s also taller than the 2011-12 national champions, which had an average height of 6-5.14 and seemed to block everything in sight.
  • If you take away the walk-ons, which in most cases are going to be smaller than your scholarship players, this team’s average height spouts up to 6-7. Take away the miniature Tyler Ulis from that and the average height of the remaining 11 guys is 6-8.
  • Ten players are listed at 6-6 or taller. For perspective, Marquette won’t have a single player taller than 6-7 for the first couple of months of the season.
  • We talked a couple of weeks ago how the Harrison twins looked leaner and more defined and how that could change how they play this year. Well, turns out they have indeed lost some body fat. Aaron Harrison is at 212 pounds, down from 218 last year, and Andrew Harrison is at 210, down from his freshman 215 weigh-in.
  • If Towns can grown one more inch – and remember, doctors have told him he could still grown 3-4 more inches – UK would have three 7-footers on the roster for the first time in program history.
  • Yes, Ulis is small. At 5-9, 150 pounds, he’s the smallest player on the team. But boy does he figure out a way to compensate for it.
  • In that practice report, I talked about how Derek Willis looked like he had packed on some muscle. My eyes weren’t deceiving me. The sophomore forward is the biggest “gainer” of the group, putting on 11 pounds of muscle since last year.
  • If Willis was the biggest “gainer,” Dakari Johnson was the biggest “loser.” The noticeable slimmed down center has lost 10 pounds since the start of last season.
  • EJ Floreal has grown an inch since last year’s measurements.
  • The average weight of the players is 208.8 pounds, 217.7 without the walk-ons. Both numbers are down from last year, a good sign this team is in better shape.
  • The newcomers had previously revealed their jersey numbers, but to see which numbers former Cats wore, check out the all-time Kentucky jersey numbers compiled by John Scott’s Kentucky basketball stats website.