The ultimate juggling act

The eyes of Kentucky will be watching to see how John Calipari handles an incredibly deep roster. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

ESPN recently had a list of the top 50 college basketball coaches, and Florida's Billy Donovan edged out Kentucky's John Calipari for the top spot in the rankings.

But if there's an award for using coaching psychology, no one is going to be applying more than Calipari during the upcoming season in Lexington. Look at his 2014-15 roster and you'll see nine McDonald's high school All-Americans at his disposal.

Think about it. No school has ever had nine McDonald's All-Americans together. Most coaches would go bananas if they had a couple of McDonald's All-Americans on their squad. Some guys would love to have just one.

That means that on any given night, the Wildcats will have four McDonald's All-Americans coming off the bench! How many coaches would like to have four in the starting lineup!

The VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index) says that Big Blue Nation will have the preseason No. 1 team for sure. Duke and several others will be banging on the door in contention for a high ranking.

Here's a thought for you: How high would Kentucky's second team be ranked if it played together at a different school? I believe the talent off the bench would be ranked in the top 15 in America. I will go out on a limb and say Kentucky's A-team is numero uno, Kentucky's B-team is No. 12.

The challenge for Calipari will be simple: Keep people happy. This squad must understand that playing time will often be determined by performance in practice. That should motivate the young men. Practice will be special. Talk about competition, the toughest opponents these players will face may be staring at them during practice.

This will be the most talented team that Kentucky has ever put on the floor. There have been a number of exceptional teams in the Bluegrass State gracing the court at Rupp Arena, and Rick Pitino had a lot of talent with the 1996 national championship club. But he did not have nine McDonald's All-Americans.

A lot of these kids will have to adjust, going from stardom on their high school team, to blending in to a winner on the college campus. In some cases, it will not be easy, and Calipari will earn his big bucks.

Some people have said that you could actually have too much talent on a team -- that guys may not want to share the basketball or the spotlight. I would rather have too much talent than too little talent, baby!

There will be a lot of smiles in Big Blue Nation this season. The big question is, who will start and who will sit? Playing time will be interesting to watch as Kentucky attempts to hang up another banner at Rupp Arena.