Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Recruiting: After the Harrison’s what’s next for 2013?

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(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
AP Photo – David J Phillip (from www.Kentucky.com)

 

Forget Miguel Cabrera and his triple crown. John Calipari is on his way to a fifth straight number one recruiting class wiwth the addition of Andrew and Aaron Harrison today. And the scary thing, Calipari is not near finished recruiting for what is destined to be the greatest recruiting class of all time. Don’t believe me? Let’s just look at the numbers.

As of right now, Kentucky has one free scolarship for this year. Kentucky will lose seniors Twany Beckham and Julius Mayes, giving them three scholarships. And then there come the NBA defectors. NBADraft.net has their mock draft out and it is a bit surprising. They have Nerlens Noel joining Anthony Davis at New Orleans with the #4 pick, Alex Poythress joining Patrick Patterson and Terrence Jones in Houston at #8, and Ryan Harrow going to Phoenix at #13. Yes, Ryan Harrow. The fact that he had a very average freshman year at NC State, sat out a year, and is now listed as the #13 draft pick is a testament to John Calipari and the Kentucky Effect.

And the reason why the Harrisons committed to Kentucky today. And the Harrison commitment is HUGE for the 2013 class because if Harrow does leave, UK would have a huge void to fill at point guard. But like the gambler, Calipari did not blink when UA and Maryland made their pitch.

Let’s assume for the sake of this article that the NBADraft.net draft is reality. I am shocked that there is no Archie Goodwin listed, but let’s go with it. That frees up three more scholarships for 2013, which brings us to six. Keep in mind that Sam Malone and Brian Long are on a year to year scholarship which could be lifted if necessary. They already have paid for one year as a walkon so this years free ride is a nice bonus. For all intent and purpose, let’s assume Jarrod Polson is improved as we have heard and remains a scholarship player.

With that all said, let’s meet the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats.

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