Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel Would Give Kentucky Wildcats Another Title

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 28:  MVP Shabazz Muhammad #15 of the West team moves with the ball during the 2012 McDonald's All American Game at United Center on March 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Should the Kentucky Wildcats land prized recruits Shabazz Muhammad and Nerlens Noel, it's easy to see them winning back-to-back titles. 

Noel and Muhammad are the No. 1 and No. 2 recruits in the country, according to ESPNU. Getting both to play at Kentucky will be difficult, but if anyone can do it, it's Wildcats' head coach John Calipari

If Calipari gets both, his team will once again be back on the national stage. The Wildcats could be perhaps the best team to ever play college basketball, depending on whether or not some current players opt to return to Kentucky. 

Calipari has done a stellar job at Kentucky, having to almost entirely rebuild the program with each new year. He lands the best recruits in the country time and time again, but that's simply because he has to. They're mostly all one-and-done players at the college level.

The dominating 2012 championship team Kentucky had is very likely to be torn to pieces when the players head to the NBA, but the Wildcats can easily rebound if they land these coveted recruits. 

Kentucky is competing against Duke and UCLA for Muhammad, according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports. Meanwhile, the Wildcats must beat out Georgetown and Syracuse for Noel, according to Mitch Sherman of ESPN. 

All of those programs are incredibly rich with tradition in college basketball, so it won't be easy to get both big-time recruits. 

Noel is listed at 6'10" and 215 pounds. He is the top overall recruit in the nation and will have no trouble filling the void left by Anthony Davis. He hasn't declared for the NBA yet, but Davis is sure to be the No. 1 pick in the draft. It's a no-brainer that he will leave, especially since he'll be going out on top. 

Muhammad is extremely close behind Noel in terms of being the best player in the country. He's listed at 6'6", 215 pounds and his skills translate very well to both college and the NBA.

Leading up to his decision, Muhammad has shown how big of an impact he can make on the court, dominating at both the 2012 McDonald's All-American Game and the 2012 Nike Hoop Summit. 

Both players are out-of-this-world good. Should they team up at Kentucky, the rest of the nation is pretty much doomed. These two would be the next big stars, making everyone quickly forget about Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

They may not want to share the spotlight at Kentucky, but if they wish to win a championship, choosing to play for Calipari and the Wildcats is their best bet.

It would be a disaster if both recruits spurned Kentucky for other teams, but it's hard to believe that Calipari won't get at least one of them, given the major success he's had since taking over Big Blue Nation.

Noel and Muhammad will announce their decision on ESPNU's Signing Day Special at 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. 


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