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Are you worried about 2012?

With the NBA Draft now firmly planted in the rearview mirror, these slow summer months now become essentially filled with one thing:  recruiting.  Over the course of the next several weeks, summer recruiting events fill the calendar and Kentucky’s coaches will spread out across the country in an effort to secure top talent for the future.  Here at KSR, one question seems to be lingering as we turn the corner and look toward the future.

Should we be worried about 2012?

The question seems to be popping up more frequently as the weeks pass and Kentucky has only Ryan Harrow in hand and a number of prospects – none of whom seem to have the Cats in the driver’s seat – on the radar.  Assuming the NBA does not change the age limit in their new collective bargaining agreement, Kentucky will likely have their top six roster spots open and seven spots overall.  If there was ever a year to load up and load up early, this is it.  But outside of Ryan Harrow, it’s been quiet.  So is that cause for concern?

Probably not.  Aside from the simple “In Cal We Trust” mantra that we’re all getting tattooed on our inner biceps and programmed into that chip in our brain, we’re still pretty early in the process.  The Cats were spoiled last year by Marquis Teague and Michael Gilchrist’s decisions being made in April, but history says those are somewhat of an anomaly.  Most top players are just getting into the groove in terms of recruiting and will start to sort things out this summer and throughout Madness trips and official visits.  What Kentucky pulled off last year with Teague and Gilchrist in April and Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer in August wasn’t just impressive in terms of talent, it was a win in terms of timeline.  Luring a verbal from a top guy before the end of his junior year is impressive.  Getting commitments from four of the top 25 players before their senior year starts is just stupid. 

So maybe we’re just spoiled.  Maybe we’re just as crazy as Cal says we are.  Whatever it is, it doesn’t seem like it’s time to panic yet.  After all, it’s not like Rick Pitino is our coach.

Go Cats.

Article written by Thomas Beisner

21 Comments for Are you worried about 2012?

  1. [email protected]
    10:04 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    First..Jones 2 year BEAST MODE!!!!

  2. catcrawler
    10:06 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Cal is just telling these recruits to wait and see about the NBA rules. Once that is settled, things should move quickly.

  3. BET Awards
    10:11 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Should’ve done a live-blog for the BET awards, that could’ve had potential

  4. Jerimy
    10:12 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    I tell myself that you are right catcrawler, but for some reason I am just scared a little bit. I know i’m so ruint by how many recruits Cal has pulled in already.

  5. Owen
    10:14 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    At first I thought this was about football because I haven’t been concerned with our basketball recruiting in… well, basically since Cal got here.

  6. UK_Fan22
    10:17 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    rumor is that Shabazz Muhammad has committed to UCLA

  7. UKGoBigBlue
    10:23 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    The NBA lock out is affecting current college & high school players, along with all the college coaches ability to recruit; college players don’t know when they will be able to jump, high school players are reluctant to commit to a college because they don’t know who is staying & who will be jumping to the NBA, and college coaches have no idea who will be on their teams, the positions that will need to be replaced, or how many scholarships they will have available. Until the NBA & players come to a conclusion, everything is in a holding pattern. Right now Cal has no idea who will be on the team, the positions that will need to be filled, or the scholarships that he will have available.

    The NBA is going to lock out, 2 & 20 is going to happen, and Cal along with the majority of other coaches are operating under the assumption that 2 & 20 are going to happen.

  8. CATS
    10:27 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    #6, link? Oh…you don’t have one..ok

  9. UK_Fan22
    10:29 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    #8 Its on UCLA rivals page, and i read it was going through twitter as well.

  10. Tbc
    10:31 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Don’t worry. Jarrod polson is there. I’m not kidding.

  11. Ryan Harrow
    10:35 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Aye yo Matt Jones aka @kysportsradio, if you got a problem wit my tweets say it my face big dawg. Quit hatin’ homie.

  12. BCG
    10:53 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

  13. KSR_Spy
    10:54 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    #9 no it isn’t, go back to your own page.

  14. drewsster02
    11:16 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    My only concern about the lack of recruiting for 2012 is that if Cal does win it all, and the majority of the team leaves, will he then bolt for the NBA leaving us with half a team and no coach? As much as I would love to win the championship, I must admit that it would be difficult for anyone other than Cal to rebuild quickly enough for 2012-2013 season. I am fine with the players first mentality and long as the state and well-being of the program is a close second.

  15. jmfatz47
    11:41 pm June 26, 2011 Permalink

    He’s getting an extension tmrw

  16. Justified
    12:04 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    The “Wait and See” approach by Cal is like saying “We have all we need right now, go ahead and look elsewhere until we see who we are sending to the NBA, and then we will contact you if we are still interested”….
    That sounds really boastful, and mat somewhat be, but it is what it is…..
    The recruits, like us, won’t know what Cal is going to do until he pulls the trigger on getting someone, regardless to whom that recruit has “committed” to until then…..

    The downside to having a coach like Cal (and his all-star staff) might be the constant “NBA rumors” each year, but the upside, or shall we go ahead and ordain it the “Kentucky Effect” is that Cal (and his all-star staff) can get who they want…..

    And as long as the $$$$ keep flowing in the way they are, Cal taking an NBA job would be a major pay-cut and the only way he does is that he takes control of a team with the draft picks and salary/trade bait to build his own team, but probably after banner #11 or #12 is hanging… which rate, is not too far off (just take a look at the “national media” and their hatred (translated = FEAR) of Cal @ UK)…..

    and for us, we can sit back and enjoy the ride that we take….

  17. Michael Steven
    1:38 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Good to hear that Jarrod Polson is still there……
    swimming fin

  18. Chiken Little
    2:30 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    The sky is not falling.

    Cal certainly seems to be recruiting like he thinks the age rule is going to 2years/20 years old. It’s surprising to hear things like “5 star, top 10-20 player Robert Carter would like to visit UK, but hasn’t heard much from them”. You assume that if Cal felt like he was likely to lose 7 guys, he’d be after a lot of guys early, and yet he just doesn’t seem to be.

    So maybe he has some inside info on the NBA situation. If it does go the 2 year, 20 year old route…well, as good as UK looks for 2012, by simply adding a top wing (like Muhammad, Ledo, or Goodwin), and a top big (like Coleman or McGary) to a team that returns Davis, Gilchrist, Teague, Wiltjer, and Harrow, and things look even better for 2013. If that’s even possible.

    If for some reaon Cal misses more than usual on 2012 guys, never fear- almost ALL of the best 2013 players (and the 2013 class looks really, really strong at the top) are listing UK. You have one top 5 guy in Chris Walker who seems to be begging to come to UK. So even if there’s a dip in 2012-2013, the next year would likely see another #1 recruiting class come in, possibly the strongest Cal has ever had.

  19. cracka
    7:51 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    the other thing to consider is how many guys stayed away from the draft this year (prob because the possible lockout), like barnes, sullinger, perry jones, etc. if the 2 year rule isn’t put in, these guys along with a new freshman group make the 2012 draft pretty competitive.

    look at draft express’ mock draft right now, they have anthony davis going 1, gilchrist 7 and terrence jones at 13 … they don’t have teague going until 20 and lamb at 41 … will those guys go if that’s their projection? just saying it’s gonna be tough to get into the lottery next year.

    hood will be a senior, poole and polson will be a juniors and wiltjer will be a sophomore

  20. mark p
    7:54 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    Anyone hear of a sport called FOOTBALL?

  21. UK_fan
    8:53 am June 27, 2011 Permalink

    #7 nailed it. Everyone from coaches to players are waiting to see what happens. If the 2 and 20 rule happens that changes everything. If it does who would UK potentially lose. Lamb? Jones? Miller and Vargas to graduation. So as it stands Calipari would need a center/power forward, a small forward, and a shooting guard.

    If the one and done rule stays the same he’ll lose Teague, Lamb, Jones, Gilchrist, Miller, Vargas, Davis, and maybe even Wiltjer.