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Nine Years Ago Today: Knight and Kidd-Gilchrist both commit to Kentucky

Feb 2, 2019; Gainesville, FL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts against the Florida Gators during the first half at Exactech Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past 10 years, there have been a lot of great days of recruiting for John Calipari and the Kentucky coaching staff, but nine years ago today might have been his best day.

During an ESPNU special, both Brandon Knight and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist were planning on making their college announcements within two hours of one another.

Knight, a class of 2010 point guard, was rated as the number five player behind guys like Harrison Barnes, Kyrie Irving, Jared Sullinger and Josh Selby.

Kidd-Gilchrist, at the time of his announcement was the #1 player in the class, but obviously making his announcement a year early caused the rankings to shift. The New Jersey native finished as the #3 player in the class of 2011 behind only Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.

Watch Knight commit here:

After that relive the moment of MKG making his announcement here:

Could this be the single most important day of recruiting in the John Calipari era? It’s no secret what these two players did while in Lexington.

Knight, had one of, if not the, best seasons for a point guard over the past 10 years. He helped lead a team that no one really gave a chance to to the Final Four, upsetting No. 1 Ohio State on the way.

For MKG, his defense and leadership was an integral part of the 2012 title team. The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, he does still get overshadowed in a way by Anthony Davis.

Matt Jones wrote an article on their commitments before they announced and it was interesting to read. If you’d like to continue the time travel, you can click here to find it.

These two players are two of the most important in the Calipari era and they all became a part of the “Kentucky Effect” on this day nine years ago.

Article written by Sam Gormley

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6 responses to “Nine Years Ago Today: Knight and Kidd-Gilchrist both commit to Kentucky”

  1. a21CATSfan

    Wow, has technology changed! I miss these type of recruiting announcements. The last one I was actually shocked and surprised for was Kevin Knox. Hopefully Matthew Hurt, Jaden McDaniels or RJ Hampton can bring back that excitement, soon. Yes, Coach K has gotten most of the more polished, higher ranked kids lately, but Cal has still won more games the last 5 and the last 10 years. Hell, he’s won more games the last 12 years than Coach K (going back to his last two Memphis seasons). But Kentucky just hasn’t had that superstar that can take over a game and a season. Share one of those guys and let Cal develop him into an NBA Superstar K, it’s not all about college! Players First! You know K was begging Tre Jones to come back. CATS

  2. Rowinguy1

    Matt had a strange scouting report on M K-G all those years ago: “Can shoot, some question his effort at times….”

    1. michaelb

      I know what you’re saying , at times it looked like mkg had a 3pt stroke

  3. nicky

    How could this be? They were in different classes….or did MKG commit WAY early….??

    1. michaelb

      Yes a year early


    The sad thing is, neither of them reached their full potential, even in the NBA. BK has had some bad luck, been sent to some terrible teams, and has been largely a wasted talent. MKG is still the same player he was at UK, as he never developed a shot. Like Chuck Hayes, he’s stayed relevant purely on hustle…defense and rebounding….but I don’t think that’s worth a #2 pick, on a team that hasn’t done squat EVER. Of course most of that blame goes on MJ….but everybody is too scared to force him out.