BIRMINGHAM -- Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury has no doubt that South Carolina's Devan Downey is the best guard in the Southeastern Conference this year.
"He's easily the best guard in our league and the most difficult guy in the league to guard," said Stansbury Wednesday during the SEC Media Days here.
With that in mind, it seems no one would be more qualified to assess how much Kentucky might miss point guard Ramel Bradley and shooting guard Joe Crawford this year more than Downey.
" I feel like personally Kentucky will be a good team, but you are talking about Ramel Bradley and Joe Crawford being gone. Anytime you lose the leader of your team like they did in Ramel, a guy who started three years, then somebody else is going to have step up. He could score the ball and provide leadership," Downey said. Then there is Joe. I remember the game at Carolina and he killed us. You lose two players like that it hurts the team a lot."