Athlon Sports took a break from tournament talk, and I think we should too. John Calipari has long been established as one of, if not the best recruiter in the game we all know and love. His ability to reel in star-studded talent year after year is something most schools only dream of.
Athlon ranked John Calipari’s top 20 freshmen of all time — going all the way back to his days at Massachusetts. Twelve of the 20 have come in his four years at Kentucky.
1. Anthony Davis
2. Derrick Rose (Memphis)
3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
4. John Wall
5. Brandon Knight
6. Nerlens Noel
7. Tyreke Evans (Memphis)
8. Dajuan Wagner (Memphis)
9. DeMarcus Cousins
10. Marcus Camby (UMass)
It’s not fun dwelling on the current state of the basketball team. Sunday evening is going to be a nail-biter, for sure. But just remember how magical the ride has been in Calipari’s tenure. If it meant missing a tournament every four years in exchange for deep runs in March, including back-to-back appearances in the Final Four and a National Championship, I think that’s a deal we’d all take.
I just wonder how many more Kentucky guys would make this list next season.
Julius Randle decides in four days…