The first feature of the 2012 season goes too...
The Kentucky Wildcats
1: 5 Eric Quigley (Senior, Pewee Valley,KY)
2: 13 Alex Musialek (Senior, Dax,France)
3: 36 Anthony Rossi (Junior, Marseille,France)
4: 95 Tom Jomby (Sophomore, Nantes,France)
5: 111 Alejandro Gomez (Sophomore, Cali,Colimbia)
6: 85 Panav Jha (Sophomore, Montreal,Canada)
strong players not in the top 6: Grant Roberts and Ryuji Hirooka
Currently #5 in the nation. The native of Kentucky is hungry for more this year after a stellar career. Has is a player h=who is pro ready. Massive forehand and has good court awareness.
Key wins in the fall season: def 10 Sadio Doumbia(Georgia) twice, def 6 Evan King(Michigan)
Ranked 36 in the last rankings but is on his up the rankings following his win in the SEC indoor tournament, where he beat Sadio Doumbia in the final.
Key Win: def 7 Henrique Cunha (Duke)
Solid all the ay through. Solid #1, great #2 and 3 players and ranked players at the bottom. They even have strong players at 7 and 8. This team is also experienced, Quigley and Musialek know what it takes and they are hungry in their final season.
Not east to see. But it may be the overall unpredictability of the 6'6 Jomby at #4. Also the fact that they are Senior driven could also up the pressure on the team to perform in the clutch.
Over the past few years Kentucky has hovered around the 10-20 range and have been getting ready, getting ready for this season. Everything is in place. They are solid all the way through, there is literally no weaknesses. They are currently 7th in the rankings but have more potential than that. People talk about the big 4, but they should be talking about the top 5 and including Kentucky. They are in the discussion for the national title. Anything short of the final four will be a dissapointment for this hungry bunch.
Key to the season:
How well Quigley does against fellow elite players at #1. In the past Quigley has not been able to pull off a massive win. He needs to bring his best when he plays someone like Domijan,Spencer,Johnson or Rola late in the season. If he can beat other top players than the rest of his team will take heart from it.