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Thanks, But No Thanks

SYRACUSE, NY - MARCH 27:  John Wall #11 of the Kentucky Wildcats stands on court against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the east regional final of the 2010 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Carrier Dome on March 27, 2010 in Syracuse, New York.  (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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erin flemingContributor IApril 14, 2010

Today was a big recruiting day at the University of Kentucky, as both the No. 1 senior in Nation, Brandon Knight, and junior Michael Gilchrist committed to play for the Wildcats in the Fall. This caught my attention because Gilchrist was said to have narrowed his decision down to Kentucky and Villanova. While he would have been a great addition to Nova, I have to say that I was secretly hoping he would choose the other Wildcats.

When a school lands such a highly touted recruit, it sends the program in a different direction. This has been the case for years, and we saw it just this past year with Kentucky's John Wall. He arrived on campus, played hard, and now he is on his way to the NBA, opening the door for other one and done athletes to fill his spot.

Don't get me wrong, I do not fault him, but I would prefer watch a four-year player develop and grow on the team I cheer for. There is something about watching an athlete develop for three or four years, perhaps a Scottie Reynolds, dedicate himself to a program that makes their achievements more valuable.

So, what is a huge win for John Calipari and Kentucky, I see as a small victory for schools who want committed and dedicated players who are attracted to a program.

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