None of this years Kentucky Wildcat freshman rank in John Calipari's "Top 15"

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Nov 23, 2012; Lexington , KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team during the game against the LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated LIU Brooklyn 104-75. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Lists are an interesting thing. They are used to compare and contrast, to rank, and most importantly, to get a reaction. So, I have to say I was a bit surprised when I looked at the list of John Calipari’s Top 20 All Time Freshmen. First off, the folks at Athlon seem to have an agenda by making it just the FRESHMEN and not his all time players. And then as I read on, I was kind of shocked (but not really) to see that it was not kind to this years lot of freshmen as no members of the current team are ranked in the top 10.
I don’t think anyone can argue with the top five of:

  1. Anthony Davis
  2. Derrick Rose
  3. Michael Kidd- Gilchrist
  4. John Wall
  5. Brandon Knight’

To find this years team, you have to go down the list.  Nerlens Noel, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress are 16, 17, and 18.  I find it hard to believe that our current boys don’t rank higher than Jim McCoy.  Just saying.


Expect both of the Harrisons to crash Athlon’s list next year and they should be ahead of Jim McCoy.  Andrew Harrison had a triple double last night as referenced by Ben Roberts. If Archie Goodwin does not do it this yaer, it’s even money for Andrew to pull off the first UK triple double since Chris Mills did it.  The fact that there is just one triple double in school history is one of the more interesting UK stats.

Photo via @fdubski on Twitter

In the end, if Andrew Wiggins ends up being a Seminole, you can thank the co-eds more than the basketball team. It has become national news how the FSU women wooed Wiggins.  FSU was routed by Florida 72-47 and fell behind as much as 37 points in the game.  Fortunately for Wiggins, there were things other than hoops to distract him:

One row of female Florida State students spelled out “WE WANT WIGGINS” across their white shirts. A group of older women waved signs urging Wiggins to sign with the ‘Noles. Florida State’s cheerleaders even brandished a pair of clever signs taking jabs at Kentucky, one of which read “Seminoles hunt Wildcats” and the other of which read “FSU has hotter girls.”


As for the basketball decision, it should be a no-brainer for Wiggins.  It’s the FSU co-eds that are making national news … not the basketball team.

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