nucleus of a team hit hard by last year's controversy. Yet Pitino promises Kentucky fans a winner—right away.
think the players will win in the eyes of the people" Pitino says. "Not necessarily wins and losses, because certainly there are no magic wands to building a basketball program. You have to have a certain amount of talent and size to win at any level. But I think these players will win by capturing the hearts of their people, their fans."
Pitino's bench will be missing last year's leading scorer, LeRon Ellis (16.0 ppg,), who transferred to Syracuse this past summer. Chris Mills, UK's leading re-bounder (8.7 rpg.) and second leading scorer (14,3 ppg.) transferred to Arizona, Point guard Sean Sutton, UK's assists leader (4.7 apgj, also transferred. Combine those losses with the graduation of UK's two tallest players, Mike Scott and Jeff Gin-nan, and you have a small, nexperienced group.
Still, excitement is high in the Bluegrass. Pitino's hiring signaled the end of an unpleasant chapter in Kentucky basketball history, and the beginning of what Wildcat faithful envision as brighter days ahead. While the 1989-90 Kentucky roster
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Above: Sophomore Johnathon Davis could vie for playing time.
Below Left: Sophomore Richie Farmer hopes to rebound from a sluggish freshman year.
Top Left: Derrick Miller is Kentucky's leading returning scorer, and the only senior on the squad.