Shabazz Muhammad represents the crème de la crème when it comes to the 2012 recruits.
Even before the departure of Andre Drummond, Muhammad had well established himself as the top recruit in the country.
Now, it may seem outlandish to say that the top recruit in the country is a must-get for any team, no less Kentucky, but hear me out.
It's no mystery that Kentucky is going to lose not only a lot of talent after next season, but also depth and experience.
Very few things can surpass depth and experience in college basketball.
Kentucky will be face to face with this fact in 2012. The best chance the Wildcats have of overcoming this deficit is to land a supreme, game-changing talent.
Most of the top guys in the 2012 class are talented, but they are more likely to be on the role-player end of the spectrum rather than the game-changer end—at least at first.
Muhammad represents the closest thing to a game-changer in this year's class.
We have seen a few transcendent young talents in years past who were able to carry their team on a run through the NCAA tournament—Carmelo Anthony comes to mind immediately. Well, Muhammad has the chance to be that same type of player.
The rest of the players that Kentucky lands in 2012 should build a solid foundation, but Muhammad could be the player that pushes them over the edge as a serious championship contender.