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Final Stats for Kentucky’s Recruiting Class

High School Basketball: McDonald's All American Games

Unless you’ve been living under the most unmovable of rocks, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Kentucky’s banner recruiting class by now. The #1 ranked class is widely considered by many experts as the best recruiting class of all-time. Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports took it even further last week on Twitter when responding to a fan’s tweet. When asked about this classes ranking if it were hypothetically split down the middle, Meyer responded “probably do have two #1 classes.”  That’s certainly high acclaim for a group of kids that have never set foot on a college court, but from all accounts, this group should be able to live up to the expectations.  While the hype is real and fans can’t wait to see the kids suit up, unfortunately for us, the all star circuit has drawn to a close, leaving us with limited viewing opportunities going forward. Because both the regular and all star seasons have ended, I though this would be the appropriate opportunity to provide the final statistics for all of Kentucky’s recruits.

First and foremost, let’s state the obvious, high school stats are notoriously unreliable for a number of reasons. First, they’re certainly not the best predictor of future performance because of the level of opposing competition and the number of quality teammates.  Second, at the high school level, statistics generally aren’t kept in the greatest detail (if they’re even kept at all). So if you’re interpreting the below chart as concrete and absolute, you probably shouldn’t for the above reasons. However, if you’re curious on how this season’s recruits performed as seniors in high school, this is the post for you.


(I added Julius Randle’s performances in the McDonald’s All American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit to give a better sample.)

As you can see from the above chart, the categories for most players are limited to points per game, rebounds per game, and games played. Also note that games played are not the actual number of games played, but rather the games where these players had statistics tracked.

As previously stated, it’s difficult to conclude anything meaningful from these numbers, after all, many players lack season data for important categories like shooting percentage, assists, steals, and blocks. However, some like the Harrison Twins and Marcus Lee have very well documented statistics in just about every category.  Personally, I found this exercise to be a bit frivolous, but overall, it’s interesting to see how players performed before their college careers began. Everyone should know by now to use caution when examining these numbers as very few players match high school statistics with their college counterparts (Nerlens Noel was surprisingly an exception to that rule). Again, take these with a grain of salt as they’re not meant to be used in an analytic way. This data is meant to be a fun look at how our future players performed in the past. Statistics will assuredly drop for ever single player next year given the increase in opponent competition and the caliber of teammates. However, their immense talent will remain, which will be thrilling for all Kentucky fans.

Article written by Jonathan Schuette

21 Comments for Final Stats for Kentucky’s Recruiting Class

  1. me
    5:08 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    WTF Marcus Lee 19 boards and 7 blocks???

  2. Limited-edition holographic flat-top
    5:15 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink


  3. tdogg40330
    5:18 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    so, UK might be pretty good next season huh?? Shoulda went ahead and added Wiggins,
    wishful thinkin don’t hurt ….

  4. James Young
    5:20 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I’m going to flat KILL IT next season… You guys don’t even know!

  5. tdogg40330
    5:28 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    10 players will avg around 20 mins per game, they’re gonna flat out dominate most
    teams. Its gonna be so fun to watch ….lol

  6. DH
    5:31 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Fun to look at. What concerns me is the one thing that won’t change based on talent of competition and teammates. Marcus Lee’s FT percentage. Ouch. 19 boards and 7 blocks make up for some of it, I guess…

  7. tdogg40330
    5:34 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    6) he wont shoot many FT’s next year, he’ll just be blockin shots, rebounding and
    throwin down alley-oops.

  8. Mikey
    5:44 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I put money Andrew Harrison will average more assists. If Saul Smith averaged 5.1 assists as a senior I know AH can do better.

  9. Voice of Reason
    5:45 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Will all these one and dones be enough to beat Robert Morris and make the NCAAT? Four was not enough last year.

  10. Voice of Reason
    5:45 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    *Four all-americans that is.

  11. DH
    5:47 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    7) That’s my thinking, too, but if we’re up 6 with a minute to go, does he play? Will we even need him to play? WCS did last year, but more out of necessity. I’m pretty sure, with all the talent we’ll have, Cal with be able to figure something out…

  12. Voice of Reason
    5:47 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    But honestly, you shouldn’t listen to me. I mean, I like the smell of my own flatulence.

  13. MJ4UK
    5:52 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    9.10.12…….This class is stronger overall than last year’s. Talent level was down last year across the board. Noel was the only bright spot, which is the sole reason he reclassified into it. Gonna pay off pretty well too. #1 pick in the draft. 2013-2014 basketball will be as unfair as playing techmo bowl with Bo Jackson…#TimeForNine

  14. me
    6:04 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    #9 Well, this time we will have 8 or 9 (pending wiggins decision) plus WCS.

  15. Blop
    6:08 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t realize we had four one-and-dones this past year. Who knew?

  16. Cauts
    6:25 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    5… Tdogg… Andrew Harrison and randle are pretty much guaranteed to play at least 30 a game… The others will prbly average in the 20s

  17. RahRah
    6:51 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    #8, Mikey, Totally agree. Andrew Harrison will really up his assist totals with all these hosses to pass to.

    Hopefully, everyone will be working hard on free throws after what happened last season.

  18. adolph oliver bush
    6:52 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    WCS for Prez!!!! We’re finally going to have a true 7′ center. Love these new kids coming in, but Willie is by far my favorite point of interest… so long as Cal will play an in-out game. With the massive size we have, how can we not dominate inside?

  19. tdogg40330
    6:54 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    16) yeah I know, I was just sayin they will have 2 solid teams if
    Wiggins comes. Wiggins, Randle or Andrew Harrison would all play more than
    a 20 min avg.

  20. Parker
    9:16 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    Marcus lee under 50% at the line? it’s gunna be ok tho.

  21. jaws2
    10:25 pm April 23, 2013 Permalink

    I only know this; If there is a coach or fan in the US that says he wouldn’t want this class because of the one and done, that person is either a liar, an idiot, or merely a troll of some kind on this site.