With the addition of James Young, Kentucky will now have three top-10 recruits for the third year in a row.
In the era of modern recruiting rankings, that’s an unprecedented achievement. And no other school has even come close to matching it.
Since John Calipari arrived in Lexington in 2009, he has landed multiple top-10 prospects in every one of his five recruiting classes. In the same span, only two other schools have done that once: UCLA (Shabazz Muhammad and Kyle Anderson in 2012) and Florida (Chris Walker and Kasey Hill in 2013). No other team has had three top-10 recruits in one class since North Carolina in 2006.
And the UK coach might not be finished in 2013. Calipari is still actively recruiting top-5 prospects Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon, as well as Andrew Wiggins, who would likely be the No. 1 overall recruit if he reclassifies to 2013. Add any one of those players, and UK would have four top-10 recruits in the same class, something that has never been done according to the RSCI composite rankings, which date back to 1998.
Here’s a year-by-year look at schools that have landed multiple top-10 recruits in the same class:
|2013||Kentucky||Andrew Harrison (2), Aaron Harrison (4), James Young (7)|
|Florida||Kasey Hill (6), Chris Walker (7)|
|2012||Kentucky||Nerlens Noel (1), Alex Poythress (8), Archie Goodwin (10)|
|UCLA||Shabazz Muhammad (1), Kyle Anderson (3)|
|2011||Kentucky||Anthony Davis (1), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (3), Marquis Teague (7)|
|2010||Kentucky||Brandon Knight (4), Enes Kanter (7)|
|2009||Kentucky||John Wall (2), DeMarcus Cousins (3)|
|2006||North Carolina||Brandan Wright (3), Ty Lawson (5), Wayne Ellington (8)|
|2005||Kansas||Julian Wright (6), Mario Chalmers (8)|
|2002||North Carolina||Raymond Felton (3), Rashad McCants (4), Sean May (9)|
|2000||Michigan State||Zach Randolph (1), Marcus Taylor (5)|
|1999||Kentucky||Keith Bogans (2), Marvin Stone (5)|
|Florida||Donnell Harvey (1), Brett Nelson (7)|
|Duke||Jason Williams (3), Carlos Boozer (8)|
|1998||North Carolina||Ronald Curry (6), Jason Capel (10)|
*-Until 2006, high school players were allowed to go straight to the NBA.