Could John Calipari Recruit Too Much Talent on One Kentucky Team?

Doug BrodessCorrespondent IOctober 13, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - APRIL 17:  Anthony Davis, Doron Lamb,Terrence Jones, John Calipari the Kentucky Wildcats, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague talks with the media during the news conference in which all five players announced  they will enter the NBA draft at Joe Craft Center on April 17, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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James Young,'s No. 5 player in the Class of 2013, announced Thursday that he is taking his talents to Lexington to become a member of the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats.

This came only one week after UK received commitments from Andrew and Aaron Harrison, the top PG and SG (respectively) in the nation.

That means that Wildcats head coach John Calipari already has three of the top five high school seniors heading his direction next year. UK is still in the hunt for Julius Randle, the top PF in the country.

As well, the current No. 1 player in the Class of 2014, Andrew Wiggins, who is strongly considering reclassifying to 2013, is interested in UK. If he does reclassify, he will be inserted near the top of this year's recruits.

If all of this materializes, the UK Class of '13 could possibly be the most talented collection of recruits in college basketball history.

On paper, nothing could be better than to be able to pull in this insane grouping of elite-level players.

However, one of the situations that we will have to watch unfold is how this season plays out.

If the 2012-13 Wildcats tear it up in the SEC and make a deep run in this year's NCAA tournament, then the squad will do what the other Wildcats rosters have done since Calipari's arrival: A majority of the starters will enter the NBA draft, and the roster will, for all practical purposes, turn over.


If the '12-13 Cats do well—but don't shred the SEC and then make an early March Madness departure—then some of this year's starters will possibly return to Lexington for at least another season.

I know that no member of Big Blue Nation considers the latter of these two scenarios remotely possible—but it is.

If it does happen, the resulting talent traffic jam will prompt some interesting choices.

I have to imagine that part of Calipari's recruiting pitch is for young elites to come together, combine their talents and all play huge minutes in an attempt at winning a national championship.

That's a great plan, and Coach Cal has made it work pretty darn well over the last three seasons.

Kentucky has gone 102-14, made an Elite Eight and Final Four appearance and won the 2012 NCAA national championship.

Fifteen—count 'em, 15—UK players have been drafted in three years.