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The Sporting News breaks it down

The Sporting News is counting down its top 25 college basketball team this preseason, and today’s team is your University of Kentucky Wildcats at the No. 4 spot. The website that Mike DeCourcy built gives three reasons to believe in the Cats — defense, wings and Calipari — and then follows it up with three reasons to worry.

The UK preview also includes the projected lineup, Calipari’s take, an opposing SEC coach’s take, and the bottom line from DeCourcy:

With Kentucky, the thing to do is trust that Calipari has attracted enough talent to replace the truckload that just traveled out of the program. It’s also safe to assume he will find the correct formula to mix the players he has gathered into a championship contender. It’s conceivable the Wildcats eventually will hit a snag, and if ever that’s going to happen, it’s now, with a point guard who never was considered an elite prospect. But who’s betting against them?

Give it a read and Go Cats.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

18 Comments for The Sporting News breaks it down



  1. bulletin board material
    1:49 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    whether he was or not makes no difference, i would plaster this all over Harrow’s locker to show him every day what the world thinks



  2. Brian
    1:54 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Harrow was never considered an elite prospect? where did you hear that from dude? If I remember correct he was a 5 star player coming out of high school.



  3. 4 star
    1:58 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    ESPN had Harrow listed as a 4 star recruit. #39 overall and #8 PG. That class seems loaded now that you can look back and see how some of those guys turned out though.



  4. Stone Cold Willy Romney
    2:02 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals had harrow as a 5 star recruit. Rivals is way more reliable than espn. Bledsoe was 5 star on rivals he was unranked on espn. Avery Bradley was also ranked ahead of wall on espn. Also lee is 5 star on rivals



  5. RUPPS_rhetoric
    2:06 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals had Harrow as a 5-Star, #19 overall and #6 PG. Ranked above Doron Lamb, Dion Waiters, Vander Blue and Kendall Marhsall just to name a few. Is it John Wall elite? But I guess it depends on what your definition of Elite is. He’s definately on the cusp I’d say. Time will tell; but I like his chances to be pretty damn good.



  6. ranking recruits is guesswork
    2:13 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    4. Rivals also had Josh Selby #1, Stacey Poole at #33, and Jeremy Lamb all the way down at #76. You can pick out players that each service misses which is why most of the time I just use the ranking that makes the UK players look the best even if I have to give one guy’s rank on ESPN and the other’s rank on Rivals. 🙂 Although it is weird that Bledsoe is completely missing on ESPN for that class.



  7. Devastation INC
    2:20 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    He will be very good. He is basically a junior and has had more time in the system than any other PG that cal has had here. I like are chances with him for sure.



  8. Curious
    2:21 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Is Coach Cal the Scottie Pippin to the University of Kentucky’s Michael Jordan? The recruiting since Coach Cal came to UK is just mind-blowing, isn’t it? Wondering if the UK/Cal pairing could end up being a dynasty like the Pippin/Jordan Bulls in the 90s.



  9. Jpo
    2:27 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Who is Pippin



  10. R Harrow
    2:39 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well, we’ll see. I like my chances of being a ‘top PG.” And actually, the only ranking I care about is Cal’s ranking of me. And you know what, if you are a PG at UK under Cal – that by definition means you are THE top PG or VERY close.

    11ppg / 8.5ast / 2.3stl



  11. I Say
    2:43 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Rivals rankings are way more reliable as far as judging the the top recruits.



  12. Bradley
    2:45 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    3. Correct. That’s when ESPN was the laughing stock of recruiting rankings though, pre Dave Telep being hired. ESPN also had Avery Bradley #1 overall and John Wall ranked #5 in that class.



  13. Bradley
    2:46 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    6. Bledsoe wasn’t in the top 100 for ESPN. Their rankings were a TOTAL joke until the last 1-2 years.



  14. duh
    2:49 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    13. “Bledsoe is completely missing on ESPN” means that I knew he was outside the top 100… That awkward moment when you try to make someone else look stupid when you really just can’t read…..



  15. Jpo
    2:58 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    14. Lol nice



  16. Han
    3:16 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    Josh Harrelson was never considered a Final 4-caliber center, either. 😉

    All we need to know is Cal took a transfer commitment and basically didn’t pursue another true point guard, and that after he’d lost 4 straight starting point guards to the NBA after 1 year (plus a 2 guard/backup PG in Bledsoe). Cal has faith in Harrow, so the whole country should. Cal may sometimes miss on a bench player, but which starter since he came here hasn’t lived up to Cal’s demands?



  17. Jimi
    5:11 pm October 23, 2012 Permalink

    I predict Elite 8 this season.
    But look out next year!



  18. WOW!!!
    3:38 am October 24, 2012 Permalink

    “Mitchell currently has more McDonald’s All-Americans than Coach Cal. Mitchell: 5, Calipari 4” ……….. That’s ABSURD, Talent and Experience!