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Scout.com’s Final 2012 Rankings

The man with more swag than a sleeping bag and his team of scouts at Scout.com released their final rankings for the 2012 class today. Nerlens Noel remained at the top of the board with Alex Poythress and UK target Anthony Bennett coming in at No. 8 and 9, respectively. Scout.com ranked Archie Goodwin as the 14th best player in the class followed by fellow Wildcat Willie Cauley-Stein coming in at No. 48.

1.) Nerlens Noel, Kentucky
2.) Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA
3.) Isaiah Austin, Baylor
4.) Kyle Anderson, UCLA
5.) Steve Adams, Notre Dame
6.) Kaleb Tarczewski, Arizona
7.) Alex Poythress, Kentucky
8.) Anthony Bennett, ____________
9.) Grant Jarrett, Arizona
10.) Brandon Ashley, Arizona

14.) Archie Goodwin, Kentucky
48.) Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky

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Article written by Drew Franklin

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33 Comments for Scout.com’s Final 2012 Rankings



  1. UKFanInCincy
    12:37 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’ll take it!!

    Its good to be a CATS FAN!!



  2. Derektor
    12:39 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I bet you that Alex Poythress will be our best all around player next season.



  3. Raazoul
    12:41 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I think people will be surprised how good Wiltjer is. Just think about the growth that Harrellson made in one off season under Calipari. Liggins a well. Wilt will be a decent defender and a lights out shooter! Plus don’t sleep on Jon Hood..



  4. isaiah
    12:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    7 and 8; not, 8 and 9 😉



  5. giveme96
    12:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    And by No. 8 and 9, Drew means No. 7 and 8. Clearly.



  6. WildcatFan
    12:42 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone notice the lack of “North Carolina” recruits on this list? Too bad, so sad:( Their top 3 recruits are #35, #50, #51 and they’re not listed as top contenders for any left unsigned. Wow…I hope we haven’t already dropped that game from our schedule, b/c it looks like a VERY easy win for Kentucky this year!! I love it.



  7. Horny UK fan
    12:48 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    All this talk of Alex being more than a two year player is crazy…..kid is a stud and another one and done! He might be the glue to next years team. Can defend, score and rebound. Yes please!!



  8. jc
    12:55 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Cauley-Stein??? Did Willie take a page out of MKG’s book or has he always used this name? I’ve only ever seen him referred to as Willie Cauley



  9. Turtle soup
    12:57 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I’m trying not to sleep on Jon Hood.. However watching him play makes me sleepy so it’s tough



  10. Issel's two front teeth
    12:59 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Adams to Pitt not Notre Dame.



  11. jc
    1:01 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Any chance Hood is a contributor next year?

    I’m afraid it may be in his best interest to transfer, take another year to rehab his knee and work on his game. With the recruits we have coming in I just don’t see him working his way into the rotation anytime soon.

    But he sure does love being a Cat!



  12. jbone
    1:02 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Look out for Arizona, didn’t realize they had 3 top tens. We need to get Bennett, I don’t like any other team having more top 10s than us. It’s a principal thing.



  13. Buster Bluth
    1:02 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    8 he did take a page from MKG’s book. They announced it a week or two ago.



  14. NKY_UK_fan
    1:08 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Nerlens Noel “The Fresh Prince of Lexington”. Someone put that on a shirt!



  15. Cristoforouk
    1:08 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    12 – Yeah how is Arizona’s class not #1 with 3 top 10 recruits? I mean I am happy UK has the #1 class, but that doesn’t make sense to me.



  16. BPsycho
    1:10 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    #9 Lol



  17. hotdog23
    1:11 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    I am Jewish and have to ask…is Cauley-Stein Jewish?



  18. Tom Selleck's Mustache
    1:25 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    At one point last season, Poythress was ranked in mid-20s. Kid had an incredible year, glad to see him gettin respect for it.



  19. jjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjjj
    1:45 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Only at Kentucky could a class like that be a bit of a drop from the previous year…



  20. Dabrow
    1:47 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    So knight had 28 pts on 11/12 shooting…7 assists, 2 Rebs…ksr needs to assign someone just to cover nba cats…since there are so many now.



  21. 15
    1:48 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Our 1,7,14,& 48 is a better group than the 6, 8, & 9



  22. TAXman
    1:53 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    21. as of now, arizona nudges us for top class. only way we pull that out from underneath them would be if we got bennett. those kids going to zona are beast.



  23. TAXman
    1:54 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    But, what they don’t have is Coach Cal, who is the master at getting kids like this to play together.



  24. stud status
    2:07 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Since when does notre dame get big time basketball recruits?



  25. TAXman
    2:10 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    24, it’s not notre dame, that guy is going to PITT



  26. TAXman
    2:12 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Wasn’t Mitch McGary once #2 in the rankings? He mustve had a horrible senior year, he’s down to #26 now.



  27. G
    2:29 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Sweet 16 at best next year! If you’re lucky.



  28. theSkinny81
    2:31 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    14 – howzabout “The Fresh Prince of Blue Air”? eh, eh? lol id buy it!



  29. Name Dropper
    2:56 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Don’t sleep on Torian Graham. UK was a leader for a while and he’d make an excellent combo PG/SG late addition. If the kid looks like he can qualify, don’t rule out Cal pulling a bit of magic



  30. kentuckyrules
    3:16 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    TAXman…what are you talking about? UK’s class is better than ‘Zona’s by far. I’m not the only one that thinks that.



  31. Marcus L. Owens
    3:44 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Steve Adams is going to Pitt.



  32. Han
    4:33 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Damn, Arizona with 3 top 10. They better dominate this year if he wants to keep recruiting like that.

    We’re close to 4 top 15 players, plus Cauley, plus Harrow and returning Wiltjer. That’d be a pretty good top 7, plus anything Hood and Beckham and Polson contribute.



  33. wkylawcat
    5:28 pm April 18, 2012 Permalink

    Those ‘zona guys = not all that. When I say that I am referring mainly to Brandon Ashley who I think is hugely overrated and Jarrett is probably 10 spots too high as well. Goodwin > both as well as Bennett.