1. Kentucky is absolutely loaded headed into next season, but I'd take Arizona's starting five over any other first unit in college basketball. John Calipari's squad has talent on top of talent and depth on top of depth. Kentucky will have nine McDonald's All-Americans on its roster next season and the program that's been synonymous with dynamite freshmen over the past few years could very well start three sophomores next season --- Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and Marcus Lee --- along with two juniors --- Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein. Calipari has always had talent but now the scary thing is next year he's going to have talent to go with experience. With all that said I'd still take Arizona's starting five entering next season over any other first unit in America. Sean Miller's team has a fifth-year floor general in T.J. McConnell who has been through the gamut, along with a blue chip shooting guard in freshman Stanley Johnson who will be elite from day one on both sides of the ball. Arizona's front court is seasoned and talented as well. Six-foot-7 lefty Rondae Hollis-Jefferson is primed to take a major step forward as a sophomore and Brandon Ashley and Kaleb Tarczewski will form arguably the best power forward-center combination in the sport. No one can compete with Kentucky's bench. Calipari will have four --- yes, four --- high level first-year players in reserve in Tyler Ulis, Devin Booker, Trey Lyles, and Karl Towns along with a valuable defensive specialist in Dominique Hawkins. There is no team in America that has depth like Kentucky, but as of right now there's not a team that looks like it's as complete as Arizona in terms of the first five players it will put on the floor to start a game. The hype surrounding Kentucky is warranted considering its talent, depth and experience, but people need to remember that this past year's edition in Lexington didn't click until the last month of the season. It's going to take this group a little bit of time to form their own identity post Julius Randle and James Young.
Observations: UK is nation's deepest team, but Arizona has best top five
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