Two of the most promising prospects in the 2011 recruiting class have committed to the Kentucky Wildcats.
They now have some hardware to bring with them.
The USA U-17 team won the gold medal on Sunday in the FIBA U-17 World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, absolutely running wild and ultimately dismantling Poland 111-80 in the final. The USA team went 8-0 in the tournament.
They have had striking comparisons to the original "Dream Team," and ran through the competition in Germany. In the tournament, Marquis Teague was 20-56 from the field while averaging seven points a game and eight assists.
He wasn't the most dominant player on the floor, but this is an experience that will undoubtedly help Teague mature as he moves on to his senior year of high school and into college.
With a team full of so much talent, there is no way just one player is going to be dominant, but Teague flashed brilliance at the point guard position as seen by his eight assists per game in the World Championships.
The more highly-touted prospect and fellow Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist had a little different style of tournament. He added 15 points per game and chipped in seven rebounds.
Gilchrist is currently the No. 1 recruit in the ESPNU 100 and has made a commitment to play for John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats after his senior season. Gilchrist has drawn comparisons from scouts as the most talented recruit since LeBron James to come out of high school.
With Gilchrist's 6'7" frame, he has no trouble playing above the rim and getting out on the run, which are two qualities we all know Calipari loves to see in his players.
Both Teague and Gilchrist experienced something that not many athletes their age get a chance to do. They won a gold medal, which could end up being one of many for these two young but extremely talented athletes.
Both Teague and Gilchrist will be seen as one-and-done recruits for Calipari, who has seemed to master the art of winning games while getting players drafted after their freshman year.
Either way you look at it, these two players are winners, and hopefully will continue with their winning ways once they reach Lexington.
Winning gold at the World Championships will help give experience to not only these two recruits, but also the other talented players on the team.
There is huge upside to Calipari's 2011 recruiting class, which could be one of the best to ever set foot on any college court. Calipari seems to have a pretty nice duo leading his team with Teague and Gilchrist.