Kentucky Wildcat Recruiting Round-Up

Corey TaylorCorrespondent IJune 1, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 17:  Brandon Knight #11 of East Team heads up court against West Team during the National Game at the 2010 Jordan Brand classic at Madison Square Garden on April 17, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for Jordan Brand Classic)
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Get used to it, people—John Calipari has done it yet again. 

During the season people were skeptical when taking a look at a short recruiting list that highlighted a small forward named Stacey Poole.  Up until about a week before the season ended that was still what the prospect list looked like. 

Then, as he did last year during the summer, Calipari did the job he was brought here to do and locked up the No. 1 recruiting class in the country before you could blink.  He went from one four star recruit to three McDonald's All-Americans.

The most exciting player coming in this recruiting class would be Brandon Knight.  A young man from Pine Crest School in Florida, he is not a typical Calipari recruit. 

Knight seems to put school ahead of basketball, which is something that Kentucky is looking for due to their poor team GPA following last year's team. 

Knight is an elusive player who has amazing bounce in his step and tremendous court savvy.  Now don't get me wrong, he is not going to be the next John Wall, but he has the ability to lead a young team like Wall did. 

Knight does have something that Wall doesn't, and that is an outside jump shot.

Wall was everything but an outside jump shooter.  Knight will hopefully help the three- point shooting percentage when he gets in to Lexington.

The next big name player of whom to take note is Enes Kanter.  Kanter is a 6'9" Turkish center.  He put his skills on display during the Nike Hoops Summit where all he did was go for 34 points and 13 boards. 

He can score from anywhere on the floor and is a polished low post player as well.  He has an excellent mid-range game which draws him some comparison to the current Dallas Maverick star Dirk Nowitzki.  Some scouts are saying that Kanter could be a top five pick in next year's NBA draft.

Terrence Jones created a lot of buzz around the college basketball landscape this summer.  He committed to Washington, then uncommitted for the greener pastures of Lexington, KY to play for Calipari. 

Jones is a dynamite scorer, and gives the Wildcats a versatile playmaker who can make big things happen.  Jones will also most likely be escaping from Lexington after his first college season and heading straight to the NBA. 

Doron Lamb makes up the next big name recruit to be heading to Rupp Arena.  Lamb is a pure shooter and gives Kentucky something they desperately could have used last season when they went zero for the century from three-point range against West Virginia in the Elite Eight. 

Lamb also gets fans excited because he most likely will be a multiple-year player and will help the Cats plenty in the future. 

Then you add Stacey Poole, who has been seen by some to be a big time slashing shooting guard that can make the rim rattle, and Eloy Vargas, a former Florida commit that helps in the paint at 6'10", and you have yourself the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Calipari has been linked recently to the possibility of heading to the NBA.  My question is why would he go back to something at which he had already failed?

It's simple: Try and if you don't succeed stick to the one thing at which no one can beat you.  Who is he going to recruit in the NBA? No one—you only get that in college basketball, and honestly that is the aspect of his job at which not a single coach in the world can beat him.

Calipari never ceases to amaze when it comes to bringing top talent to his program. The man just has what you call "it."  If he can get some of these players to start hanging around then banners will begin to be raised in Rupp at a resounding rate and Calipari will begin getting his rings. 

Just wait, the storm is still brewing in Lexington, and it is not one of recruiting allegations, it is one of success that will not be able to be topped when it is all said and done.