The 2013 college basketball season is approaching fast and furiously, and the Kentucky Wildcats will not only debut one of the best groups of freshman assembled in the history of hoops recruiting, but they will also be the odds-on favorite by many so called “experts” to win the school’s ninth national championship.
In light of the season opening in just few weeks with Midnight Madness, Sports Illustrated took at look at the top incoming freshman, and UK’s Julius Randle came in at No. 2 on the list:
According to college basketball recruiting insiders, the eight-player group coach John Calipari shepherded to Lexington this season is good enough to make Kentucky an instant frontrunner, if not the outright favorite, to cut down the nets at Cowboys Stadium next April. That opinion was reached after Randle committed to Kentucky in March, and remained true even after Wiggins spurned the Wildcats in favor of Kansas two months later. Randle may not have Wiggins’ freakish athleticism, and in this recruiting class, maybe he’s not the No. 1-ranked prospect, but as consolation prizes go, let’s just say Kentucky could have done worse.
Scout.com’s Evan Daniels also gave his take on how Randle might translate at the college level:
“With Julius, it’s all about his physicality and how hard he plays. He’s tough, one of the nation’s best rebounders and can really score on the block.”
Kentucky begins its season with four home games against Transylvania, Montevallo, UNC Asheville, and Northern Kentucky. Their first true test will be November 12th against Michigan State in the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago. PrimeSport is the Official Ticket Exchange for the State Farm Champions Classic so make sure to grab some tickets if you’ll be in the Chicago area that weekend.