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Nate Oats says new Kentucky roster was built correctly, among best in CBB

John Calipari constructed a roster this past offseason unlike any other during his time at Kentucky. It was one that favored skill and shooting over length and athleticism, experience over high-profile freshmen.

It was a necessary change, one made at the conclusion of arguably the worst season in Kentucky basketball history. Coming off an abysmal 9-16 record in 2020-21, Calipari had to get it right. And he did.

Challenging moves were made, bringing in the likes of Orlando Antigua and Chin Coleman to revamp the coaching staff. Calipari also trusted his gut in the transfer portal, adding four high-profile transfers in Oscar Tshiebwe, Kellan Grady, Sahvir Wheeler and CJ Fredrick.