Darnell Dodson, a 6'7" rising-junior, is the team's second-leading returning scorer at 6.0 points per game and led the team in 3-point baskets made last season with 50, will not be with the team this year according to Head Coach John Calipari; at least until he finally "meets our standards" as Calipari put it.
How much will this loss hurt the Wildcats? Not much. Dodson was not expected to have a large role this season. With the signings of the nation's top incoming freshman classes yet again, Dodson was at most expected to come off the bench as a perimeter threat. The starting spots will likely be going to Brandon Knight, Darius Miller, Terrence Jones, Enes Kanter and a third guard, either Stacey Poole or Doron Lamb, giving the Wildcats four freshmen in their starting lineup. Poole or Lamb, whoever does not win the battle for the starting spot will come off the bench with rising-sophomore Jon Hood.
So where does Dodson fit in anyway? Doron Lamb's signing and Jon Hood's development, along with Dodson's lack of effort to better himself, made himself expendable in Coach Calipari's eyes. The team, however, could miss the experience Dodson could have brought to a young team.