Will Kentucky Be No. 1 in 2014 Preseason Polls If Andrew Wiggins Commits?
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The hype for the 2013-14 Kentucky Wildcats seems endless. If Andrew Wiggins chooses to play for John Calipari, that hype would magnify to unprecedented levels.
Wiggins, the unanimous No. 1 recruit in the class of 2013, has four schools on his radar for next season: Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina.
If he chooses Kentucky, there is a great chance that the Wildcats could be ranked No. 1 in the 2013-14 preseason polls.
Think about that for a moment. Kentucky, fresh off of a first-round NIT loss to Robert Morris, could be the top-ranked team heading into next year.
Kentucky, a team that has lost two starters in Archie Goodwin and Ryan Harrow (and will likely lose a third, Nerlens Noel), could have an entirely different starting five for a second straight year.
Where will Andrew Wiggins play college basketball?
And once again, Kentucky will be ranked in the top five.
We've heard the line before with Calipari: He doesn't rebuild, he reloads.
The 2012-13 season was hardly indicative of that mantra, yet here we are, almost expecting the Kentucky Wildcats to top the preseason rankings next year if they land Wiggins.
Even without Wiggins, Kentucky could claim that spot.
The 2013 Kentucky recruiting class, as you should know, is historic. The amount of talent that Calipari will bring to Lexington is phenomenal.
With Wiggins, Kentucky would have five of ESPN's top seven recruits.
Without Wiggins, Kentucky has four of the top seven and six of ESPN's top 18.
Step it up, Cal.
The hype is there for this team, as it was last year. But this year feels different, and the players coming in seem to have the intangibles that the 2012 class lacked.
We will have to wait to see how the 2013 class rounds out for the Wildcats. Wiggins is on his own timetable, but his decision is one worth waiting for.
With Wiggins, other 2013 recruits know Kentucky will have something special.
Marcus Lee: If Wiggins goes to UK, “they would just kick us out of the NCAA and put us in the NBA games. Just kidding, but it'd be unfair"— Steve Jones (@SteveJones_CJ) April 2, 2013
What other teams could challenge the Wildcats' No. 1 preseason ranking?
Louisville, Michigan and Syracuse are all strong candidates for next season. Depending on who stays and who leaves for each school will dictate just how strong they look next year.
One thing is certain: No school in the country can match what Kentucky is bringing in next year. One more signature puts the 2013 class alone as the best ever.
Wiggins hasn't set a date for when he will make his college decision. Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for updates on the Wildcats and his recruitment.
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