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.