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Ranking Calipari’s freshmen

The folks over at thehoopdoctors.com recently ranked the top 10 freshmen to ever play for John Calipari. Sounds fun, right? Here’s what they came up with:

10. Tyreke Evans
9. Terrence Jones
8. Michael-Kidd Gilchrist
7. DaJuan Wagner
6. Brandon Knight
5. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Marcus Camby
3. John Wall
2. Derrick Rose
1. Anthony Davis

No offense to “The Hoop Doctors,” but MKG at #8?! Come on. Here’s my list:

10. Terrence Jones
9. Tyreke Evans
8. DaJuan Wagner
7. Brandon Knight
6. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
5. DeMarcus Cousins
4. Marcus Camby
3. John Wall
2. Derrick Rose
1. Anthony Davis

Your turn.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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44 Comments for Ranking Calipari’s freshmen



  1. golfitup
    11:18 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Tyreke Evans at number 10 on their list? Are you kidding me?? Behind Terrence Jones? That is a tragedy of a list… and MKG behind DaJuan Wagner? Someone should lose their job over creating such a thing



  2. SeaCat
    11:19 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Yes, Tyler your list is better.



  3. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    11:21 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I would put John Wall ahead of even Derrick Rose (but just barely). Until last season, Wall was the best freshman I can remember watching play other than ‘Melo.



  4. kyle heavy
    11:23 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Penn State is closing in on the cover votes for NCAA Football 13



  5. donny13
    11:23 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Wow! That is heckuva list! I do like Tyler’s list but it is still quite a phenomenal group when Eric Bledsoe can’t make it!



  6. Bunzz
    11:24 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Marcus Camby as a college player may have been better than some of these guys…But as a freshman? No. I put Cousins and MKG, and possibly Knight ahead of him as a freshman. As a freshman, he only averaged 10ppg and 6rpg…on a less than stellar team. Although he did average 3.6 blks…



  7. JaredCarterIsMyHomeboy
    11:26 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    10. Brian Long
    9. DaJuan Wagner
    8. Brandon Knight
    7. DeMarcus Cousins
    6. Tyreke Evans
    5. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
    4. Marcus Camby
    3. John Wall
    2. Derrick Rose
    1. Anthony Davis



  8. bham
    11:28 am December 20, 2012 Permalink


  9. HeshimuEvans2ndGradeTeacher
    11:30 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Tyreke at 10 is a joke, dude should be in the top 5. It may look weird to see Dajuan’s name but he was an amazing freshman.



  10. HeshimuEvans2ndGradeTeacher
    11:31 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    #3 – Durant?



  11. Dear IU and UL, We are National Champs; you are not. The end.
    11:33 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Tyler, sex appeal isn’t necessarily criteria we should use here.



  12. Biglaw Dawgin'
    11:38 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I agree with Tyler’s list. Top 5 is spot on for both, but MKG has the edge over Knight and Wag.



  13. Lori
    11:43 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    You forgot Doron Lamb!!!



  14. Bojangles
    11:44 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    No way does MKG place before Knight — Brandon carried that team to the Final Four…



  15. Marcus L. Owens
    11:48 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    1. AD
    2. D Rose
    3. John Wall
    4. Big Cuz
    5. MKG
    6. Wagner
    7. BK
    8. T Jones
    9. Tyreke
    10. Archie



  16. SoFLCat
    11:50 am December 20, 2012 Permalink

    MKG is either 4 or 5 in my book. I think he’d be on par with Camby.



  17. bornblue
    12:11 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    only a prediction but when it is all said and done, I think MKG will be #1. Like em all. Wall may be alittle high on list at this point but we will see.



  18. Anthony Davis Has A Posse
    12:16 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    @10 – Ah, good call. How could I forget Durant?



  19. Prof_Nash
    12:22 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I know this is sacrilege but I would put MKG ahead of Wall, I think John while talented was not a leader they made an Elite 8 but even Knight was more clutch, and MKG is definitely ahead of of Cousins for me.



  20. tyrone biggins
    12:24 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    @16 Archie? WTF? He may be good, but a 4-3 start is not that great. Maybe at the end of the season you could put him in there, but for now, Archie, Poythress, or Noel doesn’t belong.



  21. tyrone biggins
    12:29 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    People are ranking some of them by their accomplishments from college and the NBA, and how they are doing now. If the Question is their college career or just their Freshman year, some of these wouldnt make the list.



  22. edub4567
    12:44 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    1. d rose 2.anothony davis 3. john wall 4. dermacus cousins 5. tyreke evans 6. mgk 7. brandon knight 8. marcus camby 9.terrence jones 10. eric bledsoe



  23. Dee
    12:57 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    10. A. Goodwin
    9. E. Bledsoe
    8. N. Noel
    7. M. Camby
    6. B. Long
    5. MKG
    4. J. Wall
    3. Boogie
    2. D. Rose
    1. Anthony Davis



  24. tyrone biggins
    1:20 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    @24 Now that’s more like it.



  25. Joek
    1:25 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I wouldn’t have Campy in the top 10. He only averaged 10 and 6. they are over compensationg for his soph and junior years.



  26. Thadeus
    1:59 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Where’s Eric “Lebron 2.0” Bledsoe?



  27. Tom Blevins
    2:02 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    26. I was just going to say the same thing you did. Marcus Camby did develop into an all american on a final 4 team in his junior year. But I don’t recall hearing a lot about him his first two years.



  28. brain
    2:31 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Camby doesn’t belong on that list based on what he did as a frosh.



  29. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    3:32 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    It’s a disgrace to not see BK in the top five of either list. Two game winning shots and a FF?!
    Should be:
    1. AD
    2. D. Rose
    3. Wall
    4. BK
    5. MKG/Boogie tie



  30. FinjaDave
    3:41 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I can’t believe Mrs. TT put out a list where she didn’t have Randall Cobb #1. Doesn’t matter if its
    the wrong sport and coach.



  31. MildCat54
    3:57 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Getting Dajuan Wagner was the first time Cal got to leave a perfectly steamy heap of doodoo icecream on Ricky P’s chest. They were 1a and 1b in CUSA at the time and daddy Milt is an all time UL legend, was on Ricky’s staff, and Cal pulled in the most hyped NJ product of the (all?) time. I think that weigh’s into his inclusion; that and being the first big name one and done Cal got.

    Anywho, my list:
    10-Camby
    9-T Jones

    8-Reke Evans
    7-Knight
    6-Wagner

    5-J Wall
    4-Boogie
    3-D Rose
    2-MKG
    1-Anthony Davis

    The question needs more stipulations to find much consensus; I view it as how important was the player to his team’s success in his freshman season. Which is why I regard MKG so highly; as the lifeblood of a championship run, his numbers belie his contribution.

    I think it’s more interesting to look at where people would put the breaks. I think of 1-5 as the transcedant talent group. 6-8 were dominant, but took time getting there and had some minor shortcomings in either team success or physical attributes. 9-10 had mental adjustments to make and some lackluster games before becoming dominant.

    Thoughts?



  32. bluecat
    4:16 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    10-Bledsoe
    9-T Jones
    8-Wagner
    7-Evans
    6-Knight
    5-Cousins
    4-Wall
    3-MKG
    2-Rose
    1-Davis

    I put Bledsoe on this list instead of Camby. Bledsoe was often overlooked on that team, but he was vital to its success. I don’t remember Camby being so dominant as a freshman. He developed into one of Cal’s best, but not one of his best freshmen, I don’t think. Davis is a given at #1, and I think Rose is pretty solid at #2. After that its really splitting hairs. I went with MKG over Wall and Boogie because of his skill, and maturity level as a freshman. He also was a leader on a national championship team. If not for AD, he would’ve been the best on that team. Wall and Boogie were more physically dominant than BK and it took TJ the better part of a season to mature. Lamb is also very close to making this list as well.



  33. TAXman
    4:32 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    MKG and Davis are the two most integral freshman on the list. without either one, we don’t sniff a championship last year. MKG was the engine to a championship. no one else on that list can say that apart from Davis. Which is why last year was so freakin special.



  34. MKG is the best that
    4:37 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with 22 are we talking as freshmen or career potential. Hears where I get called bad names but I didn’t think AD was the best on last years team. What MKG did was transcendent of stats. I know if he wasn’t on that team they don’t win the NCAA! AD was great but he benefited from the other great Jones as they all did. I think if you put Noel on that team his stats would be close to AD’s. It’s unfair to grade Nerlens just yet. The point Guard play has hurt him so far but I think Harrow will have it figured out shortly. That said. 1) MKG
    2)Rose
    3)AD
    4) Big Cuz
    5)Wall
    6)Evens
    7)knight
    8)Jones
    9)Camby



  35. Youallareretarded
    4:52 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Davis is #1????? Bahahahahaha. Derrick Rose is clearly the best player to play for Calipari and Ryan Polson is easily top 5



  36. Mash UKs best ever
    4:54 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    3) did you get to watch Mashburn as a freshmen. Most didn’t because of a live TV ban but he was special. I’ve been watching UK for about 25 years and he’s the best I’ve seen. The game has changed since his day, but if he was a freshman now he would have been just as great, he was way ahead of his time. Weber was great as a freshman. Chris Jackson from LSU was a good freshman, so was Shaq.
    #35) list like these are just opinions so there is no right or wrong answer age and other stuff effect everyone’s opinion, but if this list was best freshmen at UK I would put Mashburn at #1. Like I said he’s the best I’ve seen. He was LeBron 20 years earlier. Mash was 6’8 handled like a guard very skilled and strong. He bench pressed 400lbs and Curry offered him the walk on. I’m saying he was a good as LeBron but was a lot like him. leBron is the best to ever put a pair of shoes.



  37. Mash UKs best ever
    4:57 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    37) if you are going to troll at least learn our players names. JARROD Polson. Good try troll but that was a fail!!!



  38. Mash UKs best ever
    4:59 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Big Cuz is the most physicaly ready as a freshman. That kid was ready from the word go.



  39. AD's gonads
    5:30 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    im the best



  40. Hosier Wlldcat
    5:33 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    Cousins has got to be #2. I will give you Davis at # 1 but no one else is even close to Boogie for #2.



  41. Mash UKs best ever
    5:45 pm December 20, 2012 Permalink

    42) Like I said this all opinion so I don’t think there is a wrong answer. That said I can’t argue with you Big Cuz was good and gets overlooked because of Wall. I’ve always said Bug Cuz was the most under appreciated star UK has ever had. Where Cal was new even Boogies commitment was kinda fumbled over compared with the other top player UK has got.



  42. sangaman
    2:59 pm December 21, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t know enough about Wagner or Camby’s college games to rank them so I’m just going to leave them off. Consider this a list of like post 2005 Calipari players.

    MKG is severely underrated in many of these lists.

    1) Anthony Davis
    2) Derrick Rose
    3) Michael Squid-Gilchrist
    4) John Wall
    5) Brandon Knight
    6) Demarcus Cousins
    7) Tyreke Evans (frankly don’t even know that much about his college game)
    8) Terrence Jones
    9) Eric Bledsoe
    10) Marquis Teague