Kentucky Basketball: Breaking Down Remaining Targets for 2013 Class

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 16, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 23:  John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the game against the Long Island Blackbirds at Rupp Arena on November 23, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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When John Calipari is coaching a team, the recruiting game is always relevant.

It is amazing that Kentucky is still looking to add players after getting commitments from Andrew and Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis.

However, the Wildcats still have room on the roster. This means that these elite players will be fair game.

Note: All rankings and photos are courtesy of 247 Sports.


Andrew Wiggins, SF

As the No. 1 player in the country, he would be a great add for any team. However, putting him on Kentucky could make the offense unstoppable next season.

Andrew Wiggins is listed as 6'7", but the small forward can do almost anything a big man can do. He racks up double-doubles with ease as he is one of the better rebounders in the country for his size.

However, the addition of another perimeter player might cause some problems next season with the Harrison twins and James Young, who all like to have the ball in their hands.

You do not turn down a player of Wiggins' ability, but the squad might be better off with one of the big men on the list. 


Julius Randle, PF

If the top player in the country goes in another direction, maybe the No. 2 player will sign a letter of intent. 

Julius Randle would provide Kentucky with something that it had in Anthony Davis offensively, a big man who can run the floor and even dribble well for his size.

The Wildcats are not in need of a ball-handler or a "point forward" considering the rest of the team, so Randle would likely have more value on another team. 

Still, it is tough for these talented kids to turn down the opportunity to play for a national championship. 


Aaron Gordon, PF

He is the best player on one of the top high school teams in the nation (No. 1 until a loss to the Harrison twins), but Aaron Gordon might be one of the toughest to sign.

The power forward is strongly considering Washington, as well as another group of Wildcats in Arizona.

Gordon is one of the most athletic players in the country, and he makes that known on both ends of the court. 

While there are more complete targets, Gordon might add the most to the current recruiting class.


Dakari Johnson, C

Unlike the others forwards that have committed and are still being considered, Dakari Johnson is more of a true center.

He is listed at 250 pounds and uses every one of them to get position down low. With his size, it is difficult for anyone to compete at the high school or even college level.

It remains to be seen how he will fit in offensively in Calipari's system, but he is a stud on defense and would certainly improve the squad on that side of the ball.

Still, he would likely be the last choice of this group if it came to that.