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Calipari Comments on the Newest UK Recruits:


A Release from UK:

UK head coach John Calipari is well on his way to a third-straight top-ranked recruiting class after announcing the signings of Anthony Davis, Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Kyle Wiltjer to National Letters of Intent.

These are not just terrific basketball players, but they’re terrific students and terrific people as well,” Calipari said. “Most importantly, they all have an unbelievable attitude about winning; they all wanted to play together knowing they’re going to have to sacrifice a little bit of their game for their teammates. With this group, it adds to what we already have within our program. These are four of the best, which is what we want to recruit here.”

ANTHONY DAVIS, a 6-foot-10 forward from Chicago, Ill., is in his senior year at Perspectives Charter in Chicago, where, as a junior, he averaged 30 points and 12 rebounds. ranks Davis as the top overall prospect in the country. Davis is currently ranked as the best power forward in the country and second overall by ESPN Recruiting and ranks him the second best power forward and sixth overall.

“Anthony Davis has always loved Kentucky,” Calipari said. “He’s 6-10, but he plays like a guard. He has unbelievable skills, passing and shooting and gives us an extraordinary shot-blocking presence.”

MICHAEL GILCHRIST, a 6-foot-7 forward from Somerdale, N.J., is in his senior year at St. Patrick High School. As a junior, Gilchrist averaged 16.4 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks per game. Playing alongside fellow Wildcat signee Marquis Teague on the USA U17 national team, Gilchrist averaged 14.8 points and 7.2 rebounds at the FIBA U17 World Championships, helping lead Team USA to the gold medal. ESPN Recruiting, and all rank Gilchrist the No. 1 small forward in the country. ESPN Recruiting and rank him third overall in the Class of 2011 and ranks him fifth overall.

“When you look up the definition of ‘warrior’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of Michael there,” said Calipari. “No one plays harder or is more competitive. He has a tremendous burning desire to win, that will drive practice and elevate everyone within the program.”

MARQUIS TEAGUE, a 6-foot-2 guard from Indianapolis, Ind., is a senior at Pike High School. Teague averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists as a junior at Pike and played alongside Gilchrist on the USA U-17 National team. He averaged 7.0 points and 6.0 assists in the FIBA U17 World Championships, helping lead Team USA to the gold medal. ranks Teague as the top point guard in the country and second overall, while ESPN Recruiting and both rank him the top point guard in the country and the sixth best overall.

“Marquis is not just quick, but quick with the ball,” Calipari said. “He also has an unbelievably fierce desire to win. He played on the U17 team with Michael (Gilchrist) and when they stepped into the game together, games changed.”

KYLE WILTJER, a 6-foot-9 forward from Portland, Ore., is a senior at Jesuit High School. Wiltjer has led Jesuit to back-to-back Oregon Class 6A state titles in 2009 and 2010. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds in the 2010 Nike Global Challenge and 19.4 points and six rebounds in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, leading Canada to a third place finish in both tournaments. ESPN Recruiting and rank him the fifth best power forward in the country, while ESPN Recruiting ranks him 16th overall in the class of 2011 and lists him at 19th. ranks him the sixth best power forward and 25th overall.

“Kyle gives us the size that we need because the bigger and longer we are, the better we are,” said Calipari. “He’s a young man that knew who we were getting here and he said, ‘I want to play with the best. I want to be coached in a way that elevates my game. I’m not afraid of the challenge because I’m going to work hard.’”

Article written by Matt Jones

27 responses to “Calipari Comments on the Newest UK Recruits:”

  1. Smokin' Joe

    Get-r-done! Coach We’re enjoying the ride, now bring home #8.

  2. GoCats2

    Recruiting is back to the way it should be. The five stars are coming to us instead of us going to them.

  3. Go Cats

    Who wears short shorts? Coach Cal wears short shorts!!

  4. the lumberjack

    I don’t know who all will be on this team, but I do know they will be really good.

  5. JT in my role model

    This recruiting class is CAL-tastic!!! Alrightttt

  6. GoCats2

    I think Cal is actually with Michael Avery there.

  7. Size Matters from Smiling Bob

    Think about how big that team will be next year. Assuming, and it’s a big assumption, that Knight, Kanter, and Jones leave, and Darius and DeAndre stay we’re fielding a likely starting five of:
    Teague at 6’2
    DeAndre at 6’6
    Miller at 6’7
    Teague at 6’7 and growing
    Davis at 6’10 and growing
    With a bench of
    Wiltjer at 6’9
    Lamb at 6’4
    Poole at 6’5
    Hood at 6’7
    Vargas at 6’10
    and Polson
    That is a big team that can run.

  8. Size Matters from Smiling Bob

    *Gilchrist at 6’7 and growing.

  9. NKY_UK_fan

    Take this tongue and cheek (cause it is)…..Can we fast forward to next season?….lol.

  10. UK1995Cat

    Rick Bozich is saying World Wide Was was the one trying to get Wayne Blackshear to decommit from uofl.

  11. LansingCat

    I hear ya, #9. If there’s a lockout, we can just phone in our championship.

  12. Thank you Fantastic Four!

    You guys (Gilchrist,Teague,Davis&Wiltjer) signed as early as possible and spared us the indigestion caused by most recruiting battles. While the lack of drama may have taken away some of the buzz of your signing, Big Blue Nation should be more than thrilled to have you guys signed and sealed. (And I’m sure BBN is.) 2011-12 is going to be VERY special!

  13. Mountain Blue

    Looks like four Mickey D’s to me!

  14. KYBlue2004

    I’m starting think the NCAA isn’t going to even rule on Kanter. They waited until February to clear a Euro kid last year. Who’s to say the NCAA won’t do the same with Enes?

  15. Davefromthegap

    Talk about a bad assed class,,,. If anybody comes back, it will be a machine.

  16. StratCat

    Every night, I’ve been getting on this site, hoping the headline would read “Enes Freed.”

    Hasn’t happened yet.

  17. Cal Purnell here

    Remember them days of waiting on some Wednesday in the Spring for a Top 30-100 recruit to commit and it would end up being Miami or some school like that………….
    &&FREE ENES&&

  18. Cal Purnell here

    O’yea WALL with a Triple Double tonight and Yao went out with a Injury, CALLING PATRICK PATTERSON!!!!

  19. robby

    dont know if it’s been mentioned, but jodie meeks also had a pretty good game tonight,a nd Bledsoe isn’t doint too bad either.

  20. The Dark Knight

    Please get Mark Richt off of the site!!! I don’t understand why a coach from a school that we play every year is on this damn site!!! Is this a UGA site or UK site?

  21. tlowbrewskis

    Does this picture mean Cal is still pursuing Clyde’s last recruit?

  22. Enes

    Free me.

  23. billy

    Well the Kanter situation certainly proves that no one really knows when Kanter is going to get an answer as to whether he will or will not be able to play. The season starts tomorrow night an still no answer.
    So will the people who like to post that they have heard something please just STOP IT and just SHUT UP!!!!! You’re only making a fool of yourself on these sites.

  24. Teague

    Wow, so apparently I’m 6-7 AND Growing!!! I thought I was a 6-2 point guard.

  25. Tmac

    I’ve got a hunch Knight plays 2 years at Kentucky regardless of the lockout or not. I can’t imagine he did all of that school work not to pick up a degree he’ll probably be able to achieve in 2 years with his advanced credits.

    If that happens and UK rolls out the Teague, Knight, Liggins, Lamb, Poole, Lacey? backourt that year – not mentioning the ridiculous frontcourt talent they would play with – Kentucky could challenge to enter the NCAA tourney undefeated.

  26. Harley Wells

    Free Enes!!

  27. Nancy Perry

    happy to see our kids reading and posting here!!!…FREE ENES!!!