For those of you night owls, like myself, I’ll give you a little something to occupy your night in between your google image searches for more pics of the Sex Drive energy drink girls from Matt’s show tonight and your refreshing of Erin Calipari’s facebook and twitter pages waiting for her next attack of Pat Forde and the most famous “doo” to hit the news since John Edward’s paid $400 for a trim a couple years ago.
Yahoo! Sports has an article showcasing a few of the best recruiting classes of all time, accompanied by a poll asking the fans which class they believe to be the best. They give an overview of the ’65 UCLA class, headlined by Lew Alcindor, the ’91 Michigan “Fab-Five,” Duke’s group from ’97, UNC’s ’06 haul and Kentucky’s class. They also outline five other classes including the 2001 Florida group which brings in an added dimension of not only class rankings coming out of high school but also how they eventually panned out on the collegiate level.
Now, as responsible UK fans, I’m sure you will visit the site and objectively assess each team before placing a vote. I’ll give a little nudge in the big blue direction,though, by bringing this quote to your attention, which belongs to renowned recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer: “In recent contemporary college basketball history, the Fab Five at Michigan has always been the standard bearer for recruiting. This Kentucky class matches it – or surpasses it. We may never have seen a class this good.” As of the time of this post, Kentucky is trailing the Fab Five 38% to 18%.
Diddy and myself have decided that, since we posted this link a little late and it may end up being closed by the time most of you see it Saturday morning, if you don’t get the chance to vote we will spare your life…this time.
Update: Looks like either the Yahoo site is having problems or the poll has been closed and the Fab Five has won. Good thing Diddy is feeling lenient this time and will allow you to escape with your lives. Either way, the information about the past recruiting classes is still a pretty interesting read for those who aren’t familiar with those classes.