Andrew Wiggins Would Give Kentucky Most-Hyped Recruiting Class of All Time
If Huntington Prep (West Va.) star Andrew Wiggins commits to Kentucky, we may have to start calling the Wildcats' 2013 recruiting class the Magnificent Seven.
Per ESPN, John Calipari has already secured six five-star recruits for the 2013-2014 season. All six of these players are rated in the top 10 at their positions in the nation, four of them are ranked No. 1.
Here's who is already headed to Lexington. Players with an asterisk are rated No. 1 at their position:
*PF, Julius Randle, 6'9" 225 pounds—ESPN grade: 96
*PG, Andrew Harrison, 6'5" 210 pounds—ESPN grade: 96
SF, James Young, 6'6" 210 pounds—ESPN grade: 95
*SG, Aaron Harrison, 6'6" 205 pounds—ESPN grade: 95
*C, Dakari Johnson, 6'10" 250 pounds—ESPN grade: 93
PF, Marcus Lee, 6'9" 200 pounds—ESPN grade: 93
The Wildcats also received a commitment from Derek Willis, a three-star power forward ranked 41st at his position. To think that Wiggins is considered to be even better than the players Kentucky has already secured is downright scary.
How good is he? The 6'8" small forward has freakish athleticism, a beautiful stroke from the outside and tremendous ball skills.
Take a look for yourself.
Of the four schools (Kansas, North Carolina, Florida State and Kentucky, per College Basketball Talk) in the running for Wiggins, the Wildcats clearly offer him the best opportunity to play for a national championship as a freshman—which figures to be his only year at the college level.
Even if all of Kentucky's current crop of draft-worthy freshmen (Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin) bolt for the NBA, this team would be stacked without Wiggins; with him, they could be video game-like.
Championships aren't won on paper, though.
If star-studded recruiting classes automatically turned into success, the Wildcats would have at least made the NCAA tournament field this season.
That said, if Wiggins commits, this could be the greatest recruiting class in history. To potentially have the top-rated player in the nation at all five positions is amazing, and this isn't considered a weak year for high school seniors.
Randle would be the top player in many high school classes, and the Harrison twins will make for a truly dynamic backcourt. If all five of the top players at each position start, they wouldn't have a player on the floor shorter than 6'5".
A stud like Young, who would normally be the crown jewel of a program's recruiting class, would be a super sixth man backing up Wiggins.
The level of athleticism at each position would be unparalleled.
As the season approached, the team would begin to take on rock star-like status, and they must be prepared for what I call Miami Heat syndrome.
If Wiggins commits to Kentucky how much will Wildcats accomplish in 2013-14?
People automatically hate on teams like this. This is why LeBron James and Co. had it so tough in their first two years. Fans want to see weakness—unless it's their team of course—and this team would appear to be without any significant deficiencies.
They will be hated everywhere they go outside of Lexington. That's a lot for 18 and 19-year-olds to handle.
Quite honestly, the chance that they may fold under the pressure of monumental expectations would likely be the rest of the nation's only hope.
Calipari's teams are often lightning rods for controversy, as many have a shady perception of him.
This has always made him and his team polarizing. But if you consider the level of talent this group could have, this team would receive attention unlike anything we've ever seen in college sports.
I, for one, hope we get an opportunity to see the fan fare and unprecedented amalgamation of talent. Then we can all wait to see if the hype was real.
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