The Kentucky Wildcats basketball program has had a top-two recruiting class in each season since coach John Calipari took the reins in 2009. Early in the 2013 recruiting season, however, the Wildcats aren’t in the Top 10, but there are still some big names Calipari can flip in time.
There is no more storied college basketball program than the University of Kentucky. As the NCAA's all-time leader in wins (2,090) and tournament appearances (52) and second in national titles to UCLA (11) with eight, Kentucky means basketball.
The last national title came last season with a 67-59 win over Kansas, giving Calipari his first national title and an even more important recruiting tool—as if the Wildcats needed any more help.
Calipari deserves the credit for that cohesion. He took a clipboard with the words, "Blue Together" into the huddle before his team took the court. His ability to convince players of such a high level to play together, to sacrifice scoring, to settle for statistics that aren't what they might've compiled elsewhere, for a chance to win a championship, is coaching of the highest order.
Kansas coach Bill Self also said of Calipari, "Because they're so talented, he doesn't get near enough credit for how good a coach he really is."
With all that the team lost to the NBA, this recruiting season is crucial for the Wildcats. At this point, they have no commits from ESPN’s Top 100. With the early signing period in six weeks (Nov. 14-21), Kentucky needs Calipari to work his magic and flip these recruits.