John Calipari does not want you to call his 2013 Kentucky Wildcat Basketball Recruiting Class "the best ever"

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Dec 22, 2012; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team against the Marshall Thundering Herd in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Marshall 82-54. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

You can say what you want about Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, Marcus Lee, James Young, Derek Willis, and Dakari Johnson. Just don’t call them “the best ever” recruiting class or you may get a tersely worded cease and desist letter from John Calipari. You have been forewarned and Cal said as much on his website:

 

This year’s painting isn’t quite done, and who knows where it’s going to go. The issue with this team is it’s taken us time to get to the effort level and the togetherness as a team that it takes to really see how special this group could be.

With that being said, you can’t say that next year’s class is the best ever before they’ve even gotten here. We’re not even done yet. We may still sign another kid or two, but that’s not the point. Let them get here, let them figure out how hard they have to work and then let them figure out how together they’re going to have to be – how they’re truly going to have to be their brother’s keeper.

Like every team I’ve had, they are going to have to learn how to play more for their team than for themselves, yet they’re going to have to break comfort barriers that they’ve accepted their whole lives. Every game will be the other team’s Super Bowl.

This year’s team hasn’t figured that out yet. It just goes to show you that having talented kids and preseason accolades means nothing. It guarantees you nothing. We were ranked No. 3 in the country this year, which I thought was ridiculous. I thought everyone that ranked us that high needed to be drug tested. My hope was and still is that we would be one of those teams at the end of the year, but not at the beginning.

Ultimately, next year’s class will be judged on results. I may have a different viewpoint on that, but that’s just the way it is. They can’t be deemed anything until they get here and play. If you look at the best classes of all-time, it’s about what they accomplished. Yeah, they came in with high standards, but there have been a lot of classes that have been labeled No. 1 that didn’t pan out.

 

Mar 18, 2011; Charlotte, NC, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Bruce Pearl talks to the official during the second round of the 2011 NCAA men

Former cartoon villian/current ESPN analyst  Bruce Pearl talked with Larry Vaught recently.  Before the season, Peearl drew the ire of some Kentucky fans by picking UK third in the SEC and he still stands by that prediction.  He also thinks that Willie Cauley-Stein can be the best pro prospect on UK and shared these other thoughts on the current Cats:

 

Pearl expects Kentucky to be in numerous close games during SEC play, especially on the road.

“They have to figure out how to win close games,” Pearl said.

Winning those games could help UK’s NCAA Tournament seeding even though it might not matter that much to the Wildcats by March.

“At Tennessee, I needed a good seed to advance. Kentucky doesn’t need that. They could make history. They could go to the Final Four as an eight or nine seed,”¿Pearl said. “They could win a lot of games in the SEC, but right now their highest RPI win is Maryland. They’ve got to beat Florida and Missouri. It’s almost unfortunate for Kentucky that the league RPI¿is down. That’s why they could be a 7-8-9 seed. But what No. 1 seed would want to go against them in the second round (of the NCAA). They could be scary good by then.”

 

 

 

Since we can say that the 2013 class is the best ever, I guess we can say 2014 Karl Towns Jr could be the best commit ever.  But he did mess around yesterday and get a quadruple double.  And break the rim.  Because the refs did not realize right away that the rim was broken, there does not seem to be any actual video of the breakage, but here are the game highlights of yesterdays game:

IF you are a fan of broken rims though, Towns Jr tweeted he could have had two of those as well:

 

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