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UK signee Julius Randle is No. 2 in the final RSCI rankings for the class of 2013. Photo courtesy of McDonald's

UK signee Julius Randle is No. 2 in the final RSCI rankings for the class of 2013.
Photo courtesy of McDonald’s

The final RSCI rankings for the class of 2013 were released earlier this week, and the numbers showed what was already known.

Kentucky has put together one of the best recruiting classes in college basketball history.

In fact, the RSCI breakdown states that UK’s eight-man group “is without question the most talented and deepest recruiting class in RSCI’s 16 year history.”

The RSCI incorporates Top 100 lists from several different national recruiting services with the goal of achieving a more accurate set of rankings.

This year, Kentucky put five players in the top 10 and six players in the top 20:
2. Julius Randle
5. Andrew Harrison
6. Aaron Harrions
t9. Dakari Johnson
t9. James Young
18. Marcus Lee

In-state stars Derek Willis and Dominique Hawkins did not end up among the top 100 players.

The RSCI breakdown concludes that “it would be hard to argue against this as the best class ever.” But how do the final rankings attributed to each UK signee — 2, 5, 6, 9, 10* and 18 — correspond to recruits in past classes?

While keeping in mind that some classes are more talented than others, here’s a just-for-fun look at the past players who have been ranked in the same spots as UK’s incoming recruits:

2012
2. Nerlens Noel
5. Steven Adams
6. Anthony Bennett
9. Marcus Smart
10. Archie Goodwin
18. Dajuan Coleman

2011
2. Austin Rivers
5. Quincy Miller
6. James McAdoo
9. Adonis Thomas
10. Cody Zeller
18. Tony Wroten

2010
2. Jared Sullinger
5. Tobias Harris
6. Josh Selby
9. Tristan Thompson
10. Will Barton
18. Josh Smith

2009
2. John Wall
5. John Henson
6. Xavier Henry
9. Kenny Boynton
10. Tiny Gallon
18. Mason Plumlee

2008
2. Jrue Holiday
5. DeMar Derozan
6. Greg Monroe
9. Ed Davis
10. Delvon Roe
18. Tyler Zeller

2007
2. Kevin Love
5. Derrick Rose
6. Kyle Singler
9. J.J. Hickson
10. Patrick Patterson
18. Nolan Smith

2006
2. Kevin Durant
5. Ty Lawson
6. Thaddeus Young
9. Brook Lopez
10. Gerald Henderson
18. Stanley Robinson

2005
2. Monta Ellis
5. Lou Williams
6. Julian Wright
9. Mario Chalmers
10. Andrew Bynum
18. Andray Blatche

2004
2. Shaun Livingston
5. Rudy Gay
6. Sebastian Telfair
9. Malik Hairston
10. Randolph Morris
18. DeMarcus Nelson

2003
2. Luol Deng
5. Kendrick Perkins
6. Chris Paul
9. Leon Powe
10. Kris Humphries
18. Charlie Villanueva

2002
2. Carmelo Anthony
5. Chris Bosh
6. Jason Fraser
9. Sean May
10. D’Angelo Collins
18. Antoine Wright

2001
2. Kevin Torbert
5. Ousmane Cisse
6. Kwame Brown
9. Rick Rickert
10. David Lee
18. Josh Childress

2000
2. Eddie Griffin
5. Marcus Taylor
6. DeShawn Stevenson
9. Taliek Brown
10. Jared Jeffries
18. Imari Sawyer

1999
2. Keith Bogans
5. Marvin Stone
6. LaVell Blanchard
9. Jonathan Bender
10. Jason Kapono
18. Jason Gardner

1998
2. Rashard Lewis
5. Stromile Swift
6. Ronald Curry
9. Quentin Richardson
10. Jason Capel
18. Corey Hightower

*-Young and Johnson are technically considered the 9th- and 10th-best players in the class, so those were the rankings used for comparison.

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