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BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Are the Stars Aligning?

No program obsesses over recruiting rankings more than Kentucky.  We admit it and some of our fans are damn proud about it.  And when you basically have a brand new team year in and year out, focusing on the recruiting rankings is really the only way to get excited about a season.  Sometimes the rankings have predicted great things and sometimes they have misled us (Skal?).  But if UK ends up getting Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey to both commit and reclassify to this year’s class, the roster for next season could be Cal’s most loaded roster…….according to recruiting rankings.

Here is a breakdown of all 10 of Cal’s teams based ONLY on how many stars were given to those players as high school seniors:

2018-19: NINE 5-star, TWO 4-star
*Ashton Hagans (5-star, 1st ranked PG)
*Tyrese Maxey (5-star, 2nd ranked PG)
EJ Montgomery (5-star, 2nd ranked PF)
Nick Richards (5-star, 2nd ranked C)
Keldon Johnson (5-star, 3rd ranked SF)
Jarred Vanderbilt (5-star, 3rd ranked SF)
Immanuel Quickley (5-star, 4th ranked PG)
Quade Green (5-star, 5th ranked PG)
PJ Washington (5-star, 7th ranked PF)
Tyler Herro (4-star, 6th ranked SG)
Jemarl Baker (4-star, 15th ranked SG)

2017-18: EIGHT 5-star, TWO 4-star

2016-17: SIX 5-star, TWO 4-star, THREE 3-star

2015-16: SIX 5-star, THREE 4-star, TWO 3-star

2014-15: NINE 5-star, ONE 4-star, TWO 3-star

2013-14: SEVEN 5-star, TWO 4-star, TWO 3-star

2012-13: FIVE 5-star, THREE 4-star

2011-12: SIX 5-star, TWO 4-star, ONE 3-star

2010-11: FOUR 5-star, FOUR 4-star, TWO 3-star

2009-10: FOUR 5-star, FIVE 4-star, TWO 3-star

Calipari teams have wavered between four and nine 5-star players on roster.  The early teams worked because even though the depth of talent wasn’t there yet, Cal hit on nearly every 5-star player he got.  And in the middle part of his tenure, he accumulated so many 5-star guys on roster than even when a few didn’t pan out (Poythress, Wiltjer, Lee), the teams still had more than enough to carry them to Final Fours.  But the last few years have seen teams fall short because the amount of 5-star guys struggling has increased and the total number has decreased to years of six-six-eight following the 38-1 team having NINE guys on roster ranked as 5-stars.

Well, this year’s team, assuming Vanderbilt and Washington return and Maxey and Hagans reclassify, will have nine 5-star guys on roster.  Now, you might say that guys like Nick Richards and Quade Green are not truly 5-star players, but the point is Calipari could have a roster built up again where it doesn’t matter if a couple guys struggle.  There will still be more than enough elite talent to pick up the slack.  If only we could get those guys to come back and give it one more shot in the college game.


Article written by Bryan the Intern

6 Comments for BTI’s Rants and Ramblings: Are the Stars Aligning?

  1. luke_emberton
    11:16 am May 1, 2018 Permalink

    I feel like we’ve been saying IF we can get this guy back next year since Cal got here (Bledsoe Orton Teague Young Booker Bam Vanderbilt Washington Wenyen

    • Jiminy Crickets
      11:33 am May 1, 2018 Permalink

      Dakari johnson woulda made 16 a whole different beast

    • FlatTopsAndBlockedShots
      12:00 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      Dakari definitely would have, honestly would’ve worked his way into at least a late first round pick. If you look at the bigs taken in the first round of the 1st round, Georgios Papagiannis was taken 13th overall and has already been cut from his original team and signed a 10 day contract, Dakari very easily was better than him. Staying in the draft to become a second rounder cost Dakari a few million.

    • TreyTingle
      12:45 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink


  2. Megan
    12:50 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

    “Nick Richards and Quade Green are not truly 5-star players.” Uh, yeah, they demonstrably were. And you yourself just listed them as 5-star players for the 2018-19 class.

    This is an example of a logical fallacy called the “No true Scotsman” fallacy. It’s a form of circular reasoning whereby the assertion is qualified by “true” or “truly” to insulate it from any disagreement. Any counter-example or exception is simply brushed aside as not being “true.”

    No Scotsman puts sugar on his porridge.
    Angus is a Scotsman, and he puts sugar on his porridge.
    Then Angus is not a “true” Scotsman. The assertion stands.

    Nick and AAAA are not 5-star players.
    But they were given 5-stars as high school seniors.
    Then Nick and AAAA are not “truly” 5-star players. The assertion stands.

    When is a 5-star player not a 5-star player? When he stays a second year at Kentucky. What nonsense.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:39 pm May 1, 2018 Permalink

      Excellent point. But try not to use logic against BTI. It just makes his head hurt.