John Calipari won't rely on one star as he chases his second national championship with a stacked Kentucky men's basketball team led by P.J. Washington, Stanford transfer Reid Travis and the what ESPN ranked as the No. 2 recruiting class in the country.
"I said I'd like to have six or seven guys in double figures in scoring," Calipari said on an SEC teleconference call Thursday. "There is no one that's going to average 25 [points per game]. ... And this isn't communism. If you don't deserve to play, you won't play."
Kentucky is ranked No. 1 in ESPN.com's Way-Too-Early top-25 poll and should enter next season as the top team in every reputable poll.
If Calipari is successful in having that many players in double figures, he'll achieve a feat unrivaled in modern college basketball history. No team in the past 20 years has ever had seven players average 10.0 points per game, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Last season, Villanova became the 14th team in the past 20 seasons to have six players who averaged double figures.
Under Calipari, Kentucky hasn't matched that tally. The 2011-12 squad that won a national title had five players who averaged double figures and a sixth, Darius Miller, who averaged 9.9 points per game. The 2014-15 squad, the last Kentucky team to reach the Final Four, had three players who averaged double figures.