Kentucky Wildcats Basketball: Losing out on Harrell, Jefferson and Bennett is not the end of the World

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Apr 2, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts as he watches the video board after defeating the Kansas Jayhawks 65-59 in the finals in the 2012 NCAA men

University of Kentucky fans have experienced some rare basketball recruiting disappointment in the recent weeks. Anthony Bennett and Amile Jefferson chose to go to schools not named Kentucky, which left John Calipari with a vacant scholarship opening and a desperate need for another power forward.

Montrezl Harrell was supposed to be the next best option to fill the position but he was being held up by Virginia Tech. He signed a letter of intent with the Hokies and they were slow in releasing the four star player. When he was finally released, we heard news of him speaking with Orlando Antigua on the phone and hope was restored again.

A few days later he cut Kentucky from his list and now it looks as if his #1 option is the scholarshipless Louisville Cardinals.

The Wildcats are thin in the front court. The starters for now will be Nerlens Noel at center, Kyle Wiltjer at power forward and Alex Poythress at small forward, with Willie Cauley as the only substitution option. Luckily, this is familiar territory for the Wildcats.

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