ESPN did an article regarding the biggest threat to Kentucky’s No. 1 class they’re projected to have in 2013, mainly of which involved Florida adding to it’s already moster class, as well as Andrew Wiggins opting to pass up the Cats in favor of the Florida State Seminoles:
Florida is the only other program that has signed two top 10 prospects, with No. 9 Kasey Hill and No. 10 Chris Walker on board. The trio of Kenny Boynton, Erik Murphy and Mike Rosario are all graduating this year and the Gators have one more scholarship to play with as they hope to swing for the fences and land one of their remaining targets, with Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Dakari Johnson still on the board.
Let’s say Parker, the second overall prospect in the ESPN 100, picks Florida over Michigan State, Duke, Stanford, and BYU. Let’s also say that Wiggins chooses Florida State, where his parents were both college athletes and teammate Xavier Rathan-Mayes has already committed, over Kentucky. While both of those are legit possibilities, even in thatscenario Kentucky would maintain its edge according to our ESPN formula. Mathematically speaking, the only way that Florida could usurp Kentucky would be to land either Randle or Johnson, in addition to Parker. Now, for that to happen, Florida would need to come up with an extra scholarship, but attrition has become so common in this day and age of college basketball, that isn’t all that hard to imagine either.
So let’s say Wiggins to Florida State, low man on the Florida totem poll transfers, and Parker and Randle end up Gators. Now, Billy Donovan would have the top-ranked recruiting class in the country. All he would need then is to hope Gordon stays on the west coast at either Washington or Arizona (not farfetched considering Kentucky already has two PFs in their class) and Johnson to land with Georgetown (very reasonable given their need up front) or Ohio State.
The Cats gutted out a hard-fought 81-70 victory last night over the Sean Woods-led Morehead State Golden Eagles. The game featured the Eagles playing the most physical game any of these freshman have ever been a part of, as Morehead committed an unheard of 32 fouls to Kentucky’s 12 in the game.
Unfortunately, the game wasn’t without controversy, as Sean Woods had this encounter with one of his players: