College Basketball: Why Are Duke and UNC Losing to Kentucky in Recruiting Game?

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College Basketball: Why Are Duke and UNC Losing to Kentucky in Recruiting Game?
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It is no secret. The Kentucky Wildcats have had a top-two recruiting class four years in a row.

In 2010, the team landed John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. Not to mention Eric Bledsoe and Daniel Orton.

In 2011, the recruits kept pouring in, sending Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb to Lexington.

Then, to top it off in 2012, the Wildcats landed the trifecta of Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague.

So how do they do it? And why haven't tradition-rich schools like the North Carolina Tar Heels or Duke Blue Devils had as much success?

Does Coach John Calipari have a magic recruiting potion that he swigs anytime he's on the road? Well, possibly, but that's not really worth analyzing.

Other factors, however, are. Let's take a look at why Kentucky always seems to have the best recruiting class, leaving other powerhouse programs to scrounge for crumbs.

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