Calipari announces five early signees for 2013

 Posted by at 2:27 PM on November 15, 2012
Nov 152012

UK coach John Calipari confirmed on Twitter that all five members of his recruiting class of 2013 had signed with Kentucky by Thursday afternoon.

Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, James Young, Marcus Lee and Derek Willis will all be Wildcats. They are currently ranked as the No. 1 recruiting class in the country.

Here’s what Calipari had to say about each individual player.

On Andrew Harrison: “Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position,” Calipari said. “He’s a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders.”

On Aaron Harrison: “Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim,” Calipari said. “He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent.”

On James Young: “James is a long, athletic and skilled wing,” Calipari said. “He’s a lefty who can shoot it and get in transition. You can throw it ahead to him and he can make basketball plays. He rebounds the ball for his position as well anyone in the class.”

On Marcus Lee: “Marcus Lee is a long, agile, quick-bounce, quick-twitch, 6-9 forward,” Calipari said. “He gets to the basket, he’s a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he’s going to get stronger and he’s going to improve his skill around the basket. His speed, quickness, jumping ability and length set him apart.”

On Derek Willis: “Derek is a very skilled, 6-9 big man who is learning to play through bumps, which is going to elevate his game,” Calipari said. “He’s a long-armed basketball player who can get his hands on balls and really pass. Like Marcus, he has a tremendous upside because he’s going to get stronger and be able to play more physical and really use his size and his shot-making ability to spread the court for us.”


  5 Responses to “Calipari announces five early signees for 2013”

  1. Great news on all 5 signing and none waiting till April, now lets get Wiggins, Randle or Gordon on board. I could see a great shot of a championship in 2014!!! Go Big Blue


  3. Glad the Harrison’s changed their mind

  4. It is fun to follow all the talented players and good young men that Coach Cal is bringing to UK each year. Lets not forget about this year thou. We will have an outstanding team once we get some college experience and time playing together.

  5. Before it’s all over for 2013, UK and coach Cal will have the Miraculous Seven! The Fabulous Five came up just a little short in their endeavor for a championship but the Miraculous Seven coupled with returning players from this years team will go undefeated and bring home Championship #9 or maybe #10! Go Big Blue!!

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