I’ve noticed a trend the past few days on social media and I really can’t believe that it is happening. Despite what John Calipari has done recruiting wise in his five years at Kentucky and the fact that he has proven his skills beyond a doubt, there are some folks that are openly fretting about Kentucky’s 2015 class and the fact that several top players seem to be leaning elsewhere. Trust me. It’s all smoke and mirrors and there is no reason to be concerned for even a second about what John Calipari will land in the 2015 Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting Class.
Calipari made some news this week when he offered four players in just a few days. Some fans saw this as casting a wide net in case other top players went elsewhere. In a sense that may be true, but John Calipari is in a very unique position with this class. For the first time in a while, there is no clear indication of who may stay and go after this year.
Last year, Calipari landed the #2 class in the country and everyone thought this would be another reloading year in which Calipari would have to start four freshman again and struggle to find an identity. Surprise, surprise. Instead, this may be Calipari’s deepest team ever and there are potentially ten first round picks on this team. It’s a good problem to have and but there is somewhat a logjam of talent, especially in the front court.
Once again, any coach would love to have this problem, but everyone expected Willie Cauley-Stein and Dakari Johnson to be playing in the NBA Summer League right now. Marcus Lee was expected to be starting and incoming freshmen like Karl Towns Jr and Trey Lyles would be the next one and dones in waiting.
But not this year. You can move those NBA summer league plans back a year for those players. Like wise, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis will have a year of apprenticeship as well. In any other year, Towns would be a contender for a top five pick next year, and he very may well go that route but it’s really too early to make a firm prediction there.
While it is too early to predict that, it is not too early to predict there is no reason to worry about this class and I will give you a couple of reasons why you should not worry.