Fact. Please, PLEASE be fact.
Desperate for some recruiting news? Of course you are, you’re a Kentucky fan. Given the ridiculousness of our 2013 recruiting class as it stands right now, it’s sort of absurd to think that it could get much better. But, with Andrew Wiggins, Julius Randle, and Aaron Gordon still undecided, improving the class significantly is a very real possibility. How real? Well, according to those “in the know” apparently somewhere between pretty likely and possible.
The Herald-Leader checked in with recruiting gurus Jerry Meyer (24/7), Adam Zagoria, Jason Hickman (MaxPreps), Jeff Borzello, and Brian Snow (Scout) on the three remaining top 10 players, and the consensus was basically what we already knew: Gordon will most likely stay on the west coast, but the Cats are solidly in play for Wiggins and Randle.
However, it’s worth mentioning that when forced to choose a destination, all five pundits predict that Wiggins will end up pulling the trigger for Florida State, and only Jerry Meyer is confident that Randle will end up a Cat. Here’s what Meyer had to say on the big man:
Randle’s recruitment isn’t an easy one to get a handle on. Texas is down, Kansas runs a tight system, N.C. State probably doesn’t quite have the allure and Billy Donovan isn’t quite enough to get him to Florida. The style of play and successful pipeline to the NBA probably wins out for Kentucky.
For whatever it’s worth though, the H-L’s Ben Roberts disagrees– he thinks that Randle and Wiggins are both Lexington-bound:
It’s impossible to know what Wiggins is thinking, but here’s a guess that he’ll do the unthinkable and join UK’s already-loaded class (and Randle) in Lexington. The narrative that his parents are insisting on FSU is somewhat overblown, as is the one about his supposed aversion to the spotlight. No outcome – UK, FSU, UNC or KU – would be a surprise here, but the Cats were the favorite at the beginning and not much has changed since then.
I’m with Roberts. If there’s one thing that I’ve learned over the last few years, it’s that one should never underestimate the powers of persuasion possessed by John Vincent Calipari. Until I see them put a non-UK hat on their heads, I’m confident in our chances.
You can read the article in it’s entirety right HERE.