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Could James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr. become Davis and Cousins v.2?

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Watching Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins dominate the New Orleans frontcourt over the last year and a half has been special.

Before Cousins went down with an Achilles injury, Davis and Cousins averaged a combined 53 points, 24 rebounds, and 4.2 blocks per game this season. They have been one of the most unstoppable duos in the league.

You certainly enjoyed watching their individual seasons at Kentucky.

Now, John Calipari is looking to emulate that dynamic duo by putting the full-court press on the top-two big men in the class of 2019, James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr.

We all know about James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2019 who has been deemed Kentucky’s “to-lose” for months. 247 Sports and ESPN list the 6-foot-11 big man as the No. 1 junior in the class, as he possesses crazy length and instinct on defense. He runs the floor well, has polished offensive moves in the post, and a developing mid-range jump shot.

Wiseman has told reporters on multiple occasions he models his game after Anthony Davis. The Kentucky coaching staff, who will meet with Wiseman this week, has been selling him on following in Davis’s footsteps as one of the best defensive talents to ever play at the school. And he’s in love with the idea.

“He’s a unicorn,” recruiting analyst Evan Daniels told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “The physical gifts are there, across the board. Whether it’s the length or the athleticism or the mobility, he’s the full package in terms of the physical gifts. And when you throw in how skilled he’s becoming, it’s impressive.”

Vernon Carey is currently considered a consensus top-three prospect in the class of 2019, with Rivals listing him as the No. 1 overall junior. He’s better than anyone in the nation at throwing his weight around in the post, has impressive athleticism, terrific at rebounding, and he’s surprisingly solid from mid-range and out to the three-point line. In a game against Keldon Johnson’s undefeated Oak Hill team just two weeks ago, Carey finished with 29 points and six rebounds on 13-16 shooting. Unstoppable, like he has been throughout his entire junior season.

Carey himself claims to model his game after both DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, though the Cousins comparison is certainly more obvious.

Last week, KSR’s TJ Walker wrote a post breaking down Carey’s game, specifically pointing out Cousins as a direct comparison.

Carey Jr.- The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward reminds me a lot of DeMarcus Cousins. He’s physical, he’s big, he’s a bully and he has a mean streak. While UK is making Wiseman a priority don’t sleep on Carey Jr.

John Calipari met with Carey last week, and he has another visit scheduled with him on Monday. Duke and Miami (FL) have been seen as the favorites in his recruitment, but Coach Cal is doing whatever it takes to make up ground with the elite big man. Carey has said he hopes to make a college decision by August.

Watching both of their highlights, it’s hard not to drool at the thought of both of these kids manning the Kentucky frontcourt.

First, Wiseman’s highlight tape from his showing at the City of Palms Classic:

And then Carey’s official junior season mixtape:

Most recruiting analysts seem to believe Wiseman will end up at Kentucky and Carey Jr. will head to Duke or Miami (FL). But with the way Coach Cal has been recruiting both players in the current recruiting period, it makes you wonder if the Kentucky head coach is daydreaming about a Cousins/Davis-esque frontcourt in Lexington.

Why not both?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

19 responses to “Could James Wiseman and Vernon Carey Jr. become Davis and Cousins v.2?”

  1. Kat4Life

    We’ll be lucky to get either one of them.

    1. Blublood41

      I agree

    2. Rembrandt

      We will sign Wiseman. But this article is another teaser. Way too many of those on this site, but even more pop up ads.

  2. SuperTroy18

    Miami won’t be getting anybody that highly ranked the more this FBI thing keeps going.

    1. Kat4Life


  3. Tony the Liger

    You’re out of your mind if you think we’re getting both of those guys.

  4. Big blue erection

    This site likes to get you nice and lubricated but very rarely gives you your happy ending!!!

    1. KYcats11

      Real mature…

  5. ScottGreene22

    We will take both

  6. Cokely53

    Seems like there’s a lot of people commenting saying basically the same thing. Starting to think it’s the same person just using multiple accounts. Trolls and pessimists.

  7. wildcat2012

    Good article. Would be awesome if we could get them both. We need to get this story and comparison trending so both Wiseman and Carey can see it.

  8. rlburd2

    No way that kid goes to Duke. With no one there paying kids anymore their recruiting is about to dry up. An 85 yr old coach that looks like a rat and a 97% white nerd student body just doesn’t cut it.

    1. DelrayCat

      Don’t kid yourself. Duke is a private university not susceptible to open records laws. Therefore, payoffs are much much easier to hide.

  9. Han

    Make it happen, Cal.

  10. Ez21

    Carey is a beast. I haven’t seen wiseman but it’s hard for me to believe he’s better than Carey. At least currently.

    1. Han

      Many people say that Carey could play in college now but Wiseman could use another year on his frame.

  11. Luether

    My sources say we’ll get one or both…

  12. UKinIN

    Since Cousins and Davis didn’t play together at UK these guys would be v1.0 but there is so much uncertainty with the FBI, NCAA and NBA it’s impossible to predict what will happen for these kids.

  13. StuckinLville

    If these guys model their games off of Davis and Cousins, you bet your ass Cal is saying “look at what they can do together”. I wouldn’t be shocked at all if both committed. No reason to not believe he cant do what Coach K did this year…minus Jeff Capel.