Nov 13, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari reacts during the first half of the 2012 Champions Classic against the Duke Blue Devils at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Kentucky WIldcat Basketball Recruiting: Recent news with Aaron Gordon, Karl Towns Jr, look good for 2013, 2014 class


For a long time, Kentucky has been a dark-horse contender for Aaron Gordon and most people assumed that the #6 player in the 2013 class would stay in the state of California.  As it turns out, Kentucky is still very much alive in the pursuit of Gordon and has made his final three.  Calipari said yesterday that he still hopes to add “1-2″ players in his 2013 class and the main targets are #1 Andrew Wiggins, #2 Julius Randle, and Gordon.  All three will probably announce in the Spring and to be honest, I can see Kentucky getting any combination of the three.  At this point, his recruiting message is out there on a national stage and it may be a race to see which two of this group can commit first.  Personally, I am hoping for a Wiggins/Randle combo, but we can’t be greedy, can we?


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It does not stop with the 2013 class. The big news yesterday was several reports that Karl Towns Jr , the top player in 2015, would be a Wildcat when he announces on December 4. And it could be much sooner than expected:

Jerry Meyer, a recruiting analyst for 24/7 Sports, said he’d be “shocked” if Towns doesn’t pick UK.

“Everything points in that direction — as far as making the decision early and spending the summer playing with Coach Calipari,” Meyer said. “I would be extremely, extremely surprised if it’s not Kentucky.”

And Towns could be here earlier than expected.

A 4.0-plus student, Towns would be a likely candidate for reclassification. Smith said that St. Joe’s has access to college courses and that the school might get Towns enrolled in those so he could skip his senior year.

“I think it’s going to be this year, next year and gone,” Smith said, predicting that Towns will end up in the class of 2014

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