Just as the 2012 NCAA National Champions thought they were going to be fighting for depth next season, the Kentucky Wildcats were saved by the new up and coming trend in college athletics. It's called: Fifth Year Transfers.
Anthony Wright, was a fifth year transfer when he transferred from The University of Michigan to UT 2 seasons ago.
Brandon Wood was a fifth year transfer when he made the move from Valpo to Michigan State last fall.
And now the Kentucky Wildcats are getting a fifth year transfer; but will people agree with John Calipari's decision to settle on transfers?
The Wildcats lost their starting five to the 2012 NBA Draft. They have used a six-man rotation for the past few seasons and experienced an up and down off-season with recruiting, but now they may finally be at ease.
Over the weekend, ex-NC State and Wright State Guard, Julius Mays committed to the Blue and White.
He will be the player on the floor next season with the most experience, thanks to this up and coming trend.
If you take a look at what the Wildcats lost after the 2012 season the big three come to mind: scoring, distribution, and defense.
But leadership and depth are also two qualities that must be present on a championship team, and in my opinion Julius Mays is what the Wildcats have been searching for.
His numbers aren't outrageous although he shoots well from deep (42%) and more than decent from the charity stripe (83%).
What is hidden in this commitment, is his experience.
Experience that I think can answer to all those who question Calipari's decision to settle with transfers.
Mays will contribute.
Contribute with UK's other transfer Mark Lyons.
And contribute, in my opinion, to leading this Kentucky Wildcat team to back-to-back national titles.
Think about it: Kentucky has found its replacements already, it's just with youth. Add experienced depth to that talent and Calipari just might have another masterpiece.
Oh, and just as a side note for those of you who are unaware of what kind of athlete Julius Mays really is, his sister is former UT Lady Rocket star, Tanika Mays. Enough said!!!