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Could Next Recruiting Year Be Cal’s Most Important?


Obviously everyone has their eyes on the Peach Jam as the live period has officially kicked off. On top of that everyone is wondering who will be in Kentucky’s next great recruiting class. What I’m most curious about is if Cal will look to do something different with his recruiting style if it’s true the Class of 2018 is as weak as it’s made out to be.

Evan Daniels talked about the Class of 2018 on, calling it the weakest in recent memory.  Obviously a lot can change in the next year, but if projections are correct it will make next year even more important for Calipari. There’s no doubt he’ll still get the top guys in the country and the one-and-dones, but will we see a couple more guys like Tyler Ulis or Willie Cauley-Stein? Guys who were expected to stay for at least two seasons, that can help out the class of 2018?

This is all speculation, but with the live period in full swing, it’s something to keep an eye on.

Article written by Bobby Reagan

One time representative of UK at SEC 3v3 basketball championships. Northern Yankee living the Kentucky dream. Follow me @uklefty22

5 Comments for Could Next Recruiting Year Be Cal’s Most Important?

  1. thatguy2
    6:00 pm July 7, 2016 Permalink

    I thought the 2017 class was really weak as well. Is that not the case?

  2. deltasig41
    6:10 pm July 7, 2016 Permalink

    Ranking classes, even current ones, is totally subjective and change like the seasons. There may yet be a guy in the 2018 class like an Anthony Davis…Largely overlooked, and then hits a big growth spurt late in his high school career. The fact is, even if a particular class is weak, Calipari is still going to land more than his fair share of the top talent. Could it impact his recruiting for the current class? I’m not sure. To be honest, I’m not sure how much future roster projections Calipari takes into account when putting together a class. As we’ve seen in the past, some guys may not be projected as one-and-done players, then end up being that by the time their freshman season ends. Calipari has always said (and shown) he is going to take the best player he can get, regardless of position or other factors. So, to me, it likely won’t impact his recruiting philosophy at all. If the coaching staff sees a hole once they’ve gotten the class in place, they may try to pick up a late grad-transfer or something. But, I don’t foresee any major changes in the way he recruits just because a particular class is viewed as weak.

  3. inside info2
    6:23 pm July 7, 2016 Permalink

    i have heard that Robic only signs one year contracts instead of the standard two years. Each year he says is his last. I was told that he and Cal don’t really get along, they only have a professional relationship, but they both know what they have is a good thing.

  4. fauxbobknight
    9:38 am July 8, 2016 Permalink

    can it be any weaker than the Nerlens Noel class?

  5. CatBlue in LR
    2:54 pm July 8, 2016 Permalink

    “Obviously everyone has their eyes on the Peach Jam as the live period has officially kicked off…

    Now, Bobby, Sweetie, I want to be gentle with you since you’re a little newer than some of the others I’ve upbraided for this same mistake, like Matt, Tyler and Drew. But when we talk about basketball, as opposed to football, events don’t get “kicked off.” See, Bobby, in basketball, kicking is not allowed. A “kickoff” is a play that starts football games, but no basketball game or season or event has ever, ever, ever started with a kickoff. It hasn’t happened. You can search back through the archives all the way back to ‘ole Dr. Naismith, and a kickoff has never been a part of a basketball game.

    So–think with me now–wouldn’t it really make more sense to say “…as the live period has officially tipped off…“? Food for thought.