Before it’s even completed, many are calling the 2013 Kentucky recruiting class “the best ever.”
Not so fast, says John Calipari.
Cal took to his website last night to downplay the expectations surrounding the incoming freshman class, which added five-star center Dakari Johnson over the weekend. As it stands, the Cats have commitments from the #1 point guard in the country, the #1 shooting guard in the country, the #2 small forward in the country, the #3 power forward in the country and the #1 center in the country. And, that’s all without the last pieces of the puzzle, Julius Randle and Andrew Wiggins (with Johnson’s commitment, Gordon seems to no longer be in play).
In true Cal fashion, he started by recapping every recruiting class he’s ever had, postseason accomplishments, and placement in the NBA draft, lest a fan (or recruit) forgets. Cal argued that the incoming players’ resumes mean nothing without hard work and “togetherness,” something he’s still working through with the current team. So, back off the “best ever” talk…for now:
With that being said, you can’t say that next year’s class is the best ever before they’ve even gotten here. We’re not even done yet. We may still sign another kid or two, but that’s not the point. Let them get here, let them figure out how hard they have to work and then let them figure out how together they’re going to have to be — how they’re truly going to have to be their brother’s keeper.
Like every team I’ve had, they are going to have to learn how to play more for their team than for themselves, yet they’re going to have to break comfort barriers that they’ve accepted their whole lives. Every game will be the other team’s Super Bowl.
Okay, fine. We’ll just call it “The Best Recruiting Class Ever (As Determined By Recruiting Rankings and Yes, Hype…Come On, Just Hang Another Banner, Especially If Wiggins Comes).”