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Could this be the start of Kentucky’s greatest recruiting class ever?

Oct 4, 2012, 7:00 PM EDT

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Generally speaking, when a program brings in a pair of players as talented as twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, their recruiting class is all but set.

Yes, some holes will get filled in and there will likely be a couple of other names that end up on the roster, but at the end of the day, those two top five talents are usually end up being the meat of the class.

Not Kentucky.

Not under John Calipari.

And while we’ve seen him put together some incredible classes in his three years in Lexington — last year’s crop of newbies included three of the top six players nationally and a fourth that was in the top 25 and his first class included DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall  and two other five-star players — they pale in comparison to the kind of class that Coach Cal has the chance to put together for 2013.

Of the top seven players in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN, the five that remain uncommitted are Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh. (The other two are the Harrisons.) Kentucky is involved with all five, and probably the favorite, at this point, for at least two of the them.

And that doesn’t include Andrew Wiggins, the best high school player in the country who is expected by most to reclassify to 2013 from 2014, or Marcus Lee, a top 30 recruit who has whittled his choices down to Cal and UK.

Is it possible that we could be heading for a 2013-2014 season where Kentucky’s starting lineup is completely made up of players who were ranked in the top ten nationally?

As for the Terps, missing out on the Harrisons is a major disappointment, but they still have some promising recruits to chase.

Rysheed Jordan (Philly) and Roddy Peters (Suitland, MD) are both four-star point guards that the Terps are currently pursuing, while forwards Cameron Blakely and Junior Etou and shooting guard RJ Curington are involved with Turgeon’s team. Maryland already has a commitment from Damonte Dodd.

It’s back to the drawing board for Turgeon, but on some level he had to have known: he wasn’t getting the Harrison twins out of Calipari’s grip.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.


  1. kingghidora - Oct 4, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Don’t forget the potential holdovers from this year’s team, which BTW will be great in it’s own right. If UK holds onto at least one center then adds the forwards listed as possible – any 2 will do but it looks like Randle an Wiggins are high on the radar – then you’ll get to see the greatest collection of talent ever put on a college basketball floor. Wiggins is billed as the next Lebron already and he is playing in Cat country as we speak. Randle scratched off Duke and UNC (both are embroiled in scandals) leaving UK as the clear frontrunner. Who knows if any of the great forwards will come to UK next year and whether there will be a Willy Cauley-Stein to plug the middle but the backcourt is locked up and that’s enough for a great team. But let’s keep in mind that players like Wiltjer (a 5 star recruit who shot 57% from behind the arc the second half of last season) could be back, Noel (the top ranked playe from this class), could be back along with greats such as Goodwin, Poythress, Harrow (who was good enough for Cal to accept as a transfer – something Cal rarely does), and Cauley-Stein (who Cal described as an animal who is far better than reported).

    That would be a Wooden talent level team. In fact it would be better. The Harrisons said the would be around UK for the next 4 years too. I have to wonder about that but they said it.

    Can anyone here spell dynasty? Cal and UK are a perfect match and unlike Wooden’s teams, these teams aren’t bought and paid for by sugar daddy Sam Gilbert.

    UK is possibly going to own college basketball for the next decade. Of course we won’t know if any of it’s actually going to happen until we see it. But a big step was taken toward that end today. The twins are incredibly talented and UK already has the makings of a great team for the next two years. Add that to what Cal has already done in Lexington and I don’t think any other word except “dynasty” applies.

  2. wildcatvikingsguy - Oct 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    These 2 committing should get the ball rolling for the other top 10 guys. If you want to win a national championship next year, there’s really only one option right now

  3. bhorn1240 - Oct 5, 2012 at 12:17 AM

    Gonna love me some basketball coming up… What a recruiter Coach Cal is. Go Big Blue!!!

  4. gatordontplay - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    Wildcat your smart enough to know In a one game elimination anything can happen. They will be highly favorite but you guys are getting way ahead of y’all selfs.. My only question for uk fans ( not including the dumb ass imforbigblueballsinmymouth) would these recruits make a guy like Parker go elsewhere? Also from my little time watching the twins at the Texas state tournament I felt one of the twins was worthy of a top 5 player while the other was extremely over rated.

    • imforbigblue - Oct 5, 2012 at 9:03 PM

      Yeah hes ranked #4 or #5 by all the top ppl who know college basketball, but your right hes over rated. The ONLY thing over rated around here is you brain power! Its ok hate all you want we UK fans love it because when your hated it means your on top

  5. wildcatvikingsguy - Oct 5, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    We could have half of the top ten next year, that’s talent no ones ever seen on one team. But yea all these guys committing could send players elsewhere, some don’t like the idea of sharing the spotlight, which is understandable. Playing time also factors in when you have guys that are this good.

  6. dario skerletic - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    with some holdovers Kentucky should be preseason N.1 next season, but i think that other five star really will think twice before joining the Harrisons, remember that those guys want to be “THE MAN”, seem that Selden has already stated that he couldn’t see himself playing with the twins…

  7. dario skerletic - Oct 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM

    praise for Turgeon that give big time effort knowing that Kentucky was 1,1a e 1b…….

  8. gatordontplay - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    How about you answer the question imforbigblueballsinmymouth.. If you accused the coach Turgeon maryland and under armour of cheating and conspiracy to get the twins now uk ends up with them. So what did uk and cal do to get them? Great recruiting or out bidden Maryland?
    All I have to say is there is a big separation of talent between the two. Imforbigblueblueballsinmymouth go check the tape of the 5a Texas state championship game. Had the game won vs the defending state champs and completely fell apart.. I saw one of the twins take 4 3 point shots five feet outside the nba 3 point line. It was Insane.

  9. gatordontplay - Oct 6, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Before I start a war with uk fans I would like to say I have no problem with the uk program even though I dislike them. My only problem is the complete fucking idiot imforbigblueballsinmymouth.
    My question to uk fans is a much as its nice to get these 5 star guys. Wouldn’t It be nice to get aleast 2 or 3 recruits who stay in school 3 or 4 years.. I know I wouldn’t be crazy about having 5 new freshman every come in and leave. I strongly believe that uk wouldn’t have won the nc without a strong role player in darius miller..

    • kingghidora - Oct 12, 2012 at 6:18 AM

      I see you don’t know the names Wiltjer and Hood.

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