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With Few Committed Prospects, UK Still Looks Good in 2013

First of all, let me start by asking: Am I the only person that thinks Mark Turgeon and Mark Krebs look like the same person thirty years apart?  Anybody else?  That’s just uncanny.

Anyway, I know I’ve referenced Zagsblog a few times already this week, but with all the attention he’s paying the program, it’d almost be a shame not to.  Seriously, it seems like almost a third of his tweets and updates have been about Kentucky.

So with that said, it’s no surprise that his list of “12 Schools in Good Shape Heading Into Late July” has UK squarely at the top.

1. Kentucky – As discussed in this story from Monday, Kentucky is, to no one’s surprise, involved with a Who’s Who of 2013 talent, including Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, the Harrison Twins, James Young, Aaron Gordon and Andrew Wiggins(who may or may not reclassify), among others.

Keep in mind, Calipari has only one commitment and that is Derek Wilis.  But that still doesn’t keep Adam from thinking the Wildcats are in the best shape of anyone.

Meanwhile, current number one recruiting class Florida comes in at number two:

2. Florida – While everyone else is pursuing players, Florida landed a verbal pledge from 2013 forward Chris Walker on Sunday. A future pro, Walker will pair with AAU teammate Kasey Hill to give the Gators a devastating 1-2 punch beginning in 2013. Florida remains involved with some very big fish, including Jermaine Lawrence, Austin Nichols and Rondae Jefferson in 2013 and Chris McCullough in 2014.

Duke, Michigan State, and Syracuse round out the top five.  Louisville clocks in at number nine, with the hypothetical Cat Barber and Troy Williams package deal inspiring a lot of hope.  At least, I assume it’s that, and not Pitino’s coaching.  That’s been something less than inspiring in his nine years there so far.

Alabama, Kansas, and Indiana are all tied at ten.  Who cares.

So even without any signed prospects, it’s pretty clear that UK’s 2013 situation is the envy of programs nationwide.  That’s the power of the Kentucky Effect at work, folks.

Article written by Corey Nichols

22 Comments for With Few Committed Prospects, UK Still Looks Good in 2013



  1. DCCatFan
    9:07 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    What about Derrek Willis?!?! We got him locked up right?



  2. Mike
    9:10 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    I would feel much more comfortable if 1 or 2 of the studs would give us the John Henry. If they start to get picked off by other schools, one at a time, things could disintegrate in a hurry.



  3. bleedblueky
    9:13 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Talking about the similarities – how about the Penn State predator Jerry Sandusky and UNC coach – Roy Williams? any one agrees with me? 🙂



  4. Musehobo
    9:14 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Signed/verbally committed….whatever…I get it. But not mentioning Willis is egregious. You know he probably reads this site, every time we forget him would be like a slap in the face.



  5. Musehobo
    9:17 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    3) You act like it’s a fluke that we recruit well. This isn’t an accident. This is what a Cal/UK combo brings in. Relax dude, he’s got this.



  6. Bob Sugar
    9:23 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    But it appears the Kentucky scrub and Billy G. player known as Mark Krebs is doing his best Jimmy Dykes impresssion with the black shirt and black tie combo. That’s probably the picture on the back of his ghostwritten autobiography detailing his struggles against players with natural gifts, true skill, and effortless capacity to compete.



  7. Kent Spencer
    9:33 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Talking about me won’t get you back on television, Math Jones.



  8. Ben Dover
    9:35 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Cat Barber? Why are we not going after Cat Barber? Surely you don’t want to have a Cat Barber play for the Cards. Think about the damage he could do to Nerlens Noel’s high top fade. No, no, no. We need to lock this Cat Barber up and make sure he does not lay a finger on our players’ hair.



  9. Truth
    9:43 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    If Willis continues to decline into a mid major player, there will be a parting of ways before the November signing period. Very important Willis picks up his play during the summer and gets more aggressive playing inside.



  10. Uglymuffin
    9:53 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Derek Willis doesn’t deserve to be mentioned because he sadly isn’t all that good. We’d be better off if he realized he isn’t worthy.



  11. just saying
    9:54 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    NOt that Cal wont pull in a big class, until they sign (or atleast verbal) Ill be nervous. So what happens when Wiggins doesnt reclassify, Harrison twins goes to Maryland, Parker goes to Duke, willimas (and Barber) go to UL and Randle lands at UNC?

    Last year proved to me that Cal doesnt always get the big fish (Shabazz, Bennett, Harrell).



  12. OoogieBoogie
    9:58 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    I’m with Mike (#2)… I have faith in Cal, and I’m not worried. But we’ve been hearing for it seems like 2 years now how great 2013 is going to be. Sure would like to see some of these guys go ahead and pull the trigger. Can’t help thinking that some of them are waiting to see what others do. I mean, if your James Young do you commit knowing that there’s the possibility of Harrison AND Wiggins coming to UK in 2013? Etc.



  13. Word from Scout
    9:58 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    A scouting expert said this on Andrew Wiggins reclassifying ” He has only completed 2 years of high school to this point, so doing two years between now and next August is a rather tall task…”I’m not saying it won’t happen, just skeptical because I know the reality of the situation…”



  14. Word from Scout
    9:59 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Same scouting expert said this on Aaron Gordon “He’s a bad dude. Been playing at the 17U level for 3 years now and was the 2nd best player at Peach Jam behind Wiggins. Going to be a battle to get him off the west coast, but UK has a shot…”



  15. SeoulCat
    10:12 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Good call. They do look alike!



  16. Smyrna_Cat
    10:13 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    “I know I’ve referenced Zagsblog a few times already this week.” That is funny.



  17. derekwillis?
    10:15 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    willis is terrible. look at his game against trinity. its easy to appear good when playing bullitt county opponents. #10 thank you



  18. 2 Words Ben Braddock
    11:41 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Two words; just two: Aaron Gordon. #14, I hope indeed that UK has a shot, This kid is ferociously good.



  19. Marcus L. Owens
    11:54 am July 26, 2012 Permalink

    This story is 4 days old.



  20. 3 fan
    12:13 pm July 26, 2012 Permalink

    Should read “UK in top spot despite verbal of Willis”. The kid is hiding from the summer camps so he doesn’t fall out of top 100 of every guru. Hope he pumps up our GPA



  21. Change Thread Title?
    12:57 pm July 26, 2012 Permalink

    I say we change the thread title to “Derek Willis is Not Worthy.” That way if he happens to be reading the blog he can get right to the constructive critiques of his game.



  22. LOL
    4:40 pm July 26, 2012 Permalink

    #11. Cal missed on Bazz. Never offered Harrell; stopped recruiting Bennett due to grades.

    Nice try. Now go find St. Thomas and doubt some more.