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ESPN drops new recruiting rankings


The folks at the mothership put out their updated class and individual rankings for the class of 2011, with Kentucky figuring prominently at the top of each.

The Cats still own the top spot in the team rankings, with ESPN remarking that ‘it’s safe to say no one is going to catch Kentucky at No. 1.’ Tell us something we don’t know.

They did have quite a bit to say about the members of Kentucky’s top-ranked class, though, starting with Anthony Davis, Jr. at No. 2:

For a number of reasons, we’re sold that Davis is the top long-term prospect in the class. The former guard continues to grow into his body, while displaying tremendous instincts and putting up great numbers. If one looks at all the elite players, Davis has the worst surrounding cast, but the great news is that despite being outmanned he’s committed to producing. Is he still learning the game and scratching the surface? Absolutely. Do we think he can finish No. 1? We certainly do.

In fact, we nearly moved Davis into the top slot, but didn’t this time around.

Michael Gilchrist comes in just behind Davis (and No. 1 Austin Rivers) at No. 3, and here’s how they decided to separate the top trio in the class:

ESPN Recruiting’s Paul Biancardi summed it up best when he said Gilchrist gives you the best chance to win right now; his St. Patrick team is No. 1 in America, and there’s a chance he will close out his storied career as a national champion to complement the gold medal he won last year at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Meanwhile, Rivers is the guy you want to take the last shot, and Davis would be the top pick if this were a draft.

ESPN also talked about Marquis Teague as the best overall talent at the point guard position:

We are also particularly interested in the point guard race. Texas signee Myck Kabongo (Toronto/Findlay Prep) is the best overall natural point in the class, while Kentucky signee Marquis Teague (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike) is the top talent. Teague’s jaunts and his knack for scoring are impressive, but Kabongo’s command of a team is unmatched in this class. We’ve placed Teague and Kabongo alongside each other in the rankings and have an open mind for the final result.

So there you have it. I wouldn’t, in any way, advocate looking ahead to next year in the middle of this one, but if you do happen to slip up at least you’ll be looking forward to such an absurdly loaded and well-rounded class that it’s almost not fair to everyone else.

Ok folks, that’s it. As you were.

Article written by Hunter Campbell

I used to write here.

33 Comments for ESPN drops new recruiting rankings

  1. michal1980
    6:14 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    As long as Austin Rivers is a Dookie ESPN will keep him at the top spot….. Clearly ive seen Gilchrist and A Davis and they should be number one imho, Rivers jacks shots 40 times a game not hating but he’s too selfish…. ESPN guys drooling over him but last few ESPN top players well you see how that works, Barnes and Avery Bradley!!! But i would rather have Gillie over Rivers anyday go CATS

  2. Jim
    6:14 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Next years proposed lineup?

  3. GoCats2010
    6:19 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN didn’t have Wall as #1, the end

  4. ruppcrazy
    6:19 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m still very excited about this season, but HOLY MOLY!!! I can’t wait for next season!!!

  5. ruppcrazy
    6:20 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Do you guys think Lamb and Knight will be back?

  6. michal1980
    6:25 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I think both Knight and Lamb will return, its just Terrence Jones not 100% sure of but who knows im enjoying what we have this season!!!!

  7. wow
    6:25 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    st john’s in at #2. thats crazy

  8. GoCats2010
    6:29 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

  9. Regis Philbin
    6:29 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Knight and Lamb aren’t going anywhere after this year. Lamb is too small for an NBA 2 guard and Knight graduates after next year and still isn’t getting lottery feedback.

  10. GoCats2010
    6:34 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    ESPN also had this about Eloy:

    “Vargas is a versatile post player who can score the ball from all over the floor. Eloy has all the means to manufacture a double-double every time he steps on the floor. His ability to play inside/outside allows him to take advantage of his defenders and will make him a powerful contributor at Kentucky. Eloy is comfortable handling the ball and creating off the bounce or going down to the block and demanding the ball in the post to do a post move or use his natural ability and instincts to score. He has great shooting technique and good rhythm on his jump shot; he can easily put it up out to 19 feet. Eloy attacks the offensive glass with regularity and pursues balls outside of his area. Eloy can improve on taking care of the basketball and avoiding carelessness that can lead to turnovers; he must compete to win on every possession. If Eloy can improve in these areas, he will be an instant impact player for Kentucky next season.”

  11. 2011
    6:43 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    10-really? who are they watching?

  12. Nassau65
    6:43 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    10. I gotta admit, i got a chuckle outta that one.

  13. 2011
    6:45 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    5-Davis Jr.
    We will be the prohibitive favorite. CANT WAIT

  14. GeorgeCostanza
    6:46 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    “Her name on your undies” AD ————————————————————>

  15. Regis Philbin
    6:47 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    13. absolutely no way liggins or miller is not in there. There will be AT LEAST one senior in the starting line-up.

  16. 2011
    6:50 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    15-Maybe, the only ? would be Wiltjer. No matter what Miller and Liggins will play 20 mpg next season.

  17. Big D
    6:51 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Folks, at some point you have to realize that this is NOT NEXT YEAR. At this rate fall semester will be getting ready to commence and it will be OMG look who’s coming in in 2017. You guys are going to drive yourselves totally nuts every day with this next year, next year, next year………. The four guys have signed on for next year, they are’nt going anywhere. Sit back and take in what’s happening now. Remember, 4 or 5 of the top recruits coming does not mean a championship. I.E.see Last Year. And, oh yeah, Go Cats.

  18. LexDunk
    6:55 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Check out the Anthony Davis dunk at 0:22.

  19. TeamPaulyD
    6:56 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    pg- Teague sg- Knight sf- Gilchrist pf- Jones c- Davis…. Would definitely put that team against the Nets on neutral court!!

  20. 2011
    6:56 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    17-its a bye week

  21. 2011
    6:59 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    19-We would kill em lol

  22. huge ky fan
    7:28 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    ight u cant really decide wat the startin line up is goin to be cuz if ur sayin our two seniors aint gonna start then ur crazy if u think knight is comin back. we never no whos gonna go cuz look at orton

  23. TBone
    7:41 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    22) It took me longer to read your post than it took you to write it.

  24. JOKEr
    8:11 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Wait….what about the football recruiting lists… WWWWwwwwhere are we????? What? What do you mean they don’t rank past the top FIFTY????????

  25. Rza
    8:24 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    Harrison Barnes was to be the Nat. POY.
    I’ve seen Rivers play 5 times on the U. He usually scores 38. The guy he guards usually scores 36.
    Ive seen Gilcrest play 4 times on the U. He usually score 28 and has 14 rebs and 6 blocks. The guy he guards usually leaves the game crying.

    Rivers does not know how to play D at this point in his career

  26. Big D
    8:30 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink


  27. Maxwell
    8:53 pm January 25, 2011 Permalink

    I’m sorry, but Liggins is starting. Liggins is one of the top five best defensive players in the country. He’s in the starting five.

  28. catnclearwater
    1:47 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    I bought my tickets today for the Cats @ UF game
    next Saturday they were a gift for my sons birthday, I received a call from my mom that my dad was taken to Ocala Hospital with heart failure, we do not know if he will make it through the night what started as a great day has turned into a nightmare I’m asking BBN for a prayer for my dad

  29. ukfastkat
    3:42 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    I just last night lost someone very, very close to me.
    Here is your prayer for your Dad.
    I pray he will find peace and your family will honor him as long as they all shall live.
    My sincere condolences.

  30. ukfastkat
    3:43 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    Take your son to that game, Dad.

  31. fish
    9:51 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    the only reason barnes was a pre-season a-a was cuz of wall n cousins…1- they were really 1st team ap all-americans last year as frosh…2 – they left for nba

  32. fish
    9:53 am January 26, 2011 Permalink

    28- good luck to you n your dad

  33. catnclearwater
    1:00 pm January 26, 2011 Permalink

    My Dad told me today whatever happens to him in the next couple of days that I better have his grandson in Gainesville next Saturday to watch Kentucky beat Florida. We still don’t know how much longer we have with him but he is 78 trs old and he did bring me and my brother up as cat fans, my parents were born and raised in Ashland, KY thank you BBN for letting me vent. FREE MY DAD!!!