Faithful readers of the site already know all about the class of 2013: Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and the Harrison Twins are all words in your everyday vocabulary. You’ve already started working on creating the next generation of novelty pun-oriented posters for the masses to put on e-Bay. But there may be a few who are new to the site, or know others who are out of the loop, and need a little refresher to catch up. If that’s the case, you are in luck. There’s
a town about three miles that way an article from the Herald-Leader that sums up the “on-deck” class very well, in addition to highlighting relevant Kentucky info.
By way of a teaser:
-According to consensus rankings, UK has 10 top-10 recruits over the past four years. No other school has more than three in that span.
-Rivals, Scout, MaxPreps and CBS all have UK with the No. 1 recruiting class for 2012. ESPN ranks UCLA at No. 1 and the Wildcats at No. 2.
-With its six leading scorers from last season no longer on the team, Kentucky will be losing 93.3 percent of its point production from 2011-12.
-UK has four signees in the Rivals Top 50 for 2012. Devonta Pollard (Alabama) is the SEC’s only other incoming recruit among the nation’s top 50.
-There are only four committed players in the Rivals Top 25 for 2013. The top seven uncommitted recruits have all expressed interest in Kentucky.
There’s no new information to be gleaned in the article, but it’s June; new information is hard to come by. What you will find is a great recap of what we know now regarding the interested top-ten recruits, as well as commitment Derek Willis. Pay close attention to possibly the least talked-about (at least for now) blue-chip recruit for next year, but one of my personal favorites, James Young, out of Michigan. Originally ranked outside the top ten, Young picked up steam after a great competitive circuit, and used his versatile skill set to become one of the more coveted wings. What’s most interesting is how he campaigned to get UK’s attention, and not the other way around. According to the Herald:
Young used his newfound spotlight to turn the tables on recruiting logic — by openly pursuing UK. Though he didn’t even have an offer from the Cats, Young proclaimed them to be his top choice. The combination of good play and pro-UK PR paid off. Young recently received the scholarship offer he was looking for, and a visit to Lexington will be the next step.
So if you’re starving to read anything you can on next year’s recruits (you are), or just enjoy thinking about the embarrassment of riches that could come our way again after this season (you do), take a few minutes and check it out. Of the seven interested top-ten recruits, I say we get all seven of them. That’s my expert prediction.
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