May 232013
 
John Calipari with his top two players from the class of 2011 -- Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Photo: Associated Press

John Calipari with his top two players from the class of 2011 — Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
Photo: Associated Press

Scout.com released its final class of 2013 team rankings Thursday, and Kentucky was once again at the top of the list.

It was the fifth consecutive No. 1 class for the Wildcats, all of which came under Coach John Calipari.

That Calipari has been dominating the recruiting world since he arrived in Lexington isn’t news. But just how close has the competition been over the past five classes?

A few notes to digest, plus a chart featuring the schools that have had the most success with the past five recruiting classes:

  • Only two other schools — Duke and North Carolina — have had Top 25 classes in each of the past five years. Each of those schools has had four Top 10 classes and two Top 5 classes in that span.
  • Six other schools have had four Top 25 recruiting classes over the past five years: Arizona, Syracuse, N.C. State, UCLA, Texas and Illinois.
  • Six schools — Kansas, Duke, Arizona, Memphis, N.C. State and North Carolina — have had multiple Top 5 classes in the last five years. Arizona is the only school other than UK that has had more than two Top 5 classes — No. 4 in 2013, No. 3 in 2012 and No. 4 in 2011.
  • Notable teams with zero Top 5 classes over the past five years: Indiana, Florida, Louisville, Syracuse, Michigan State, UConn.
  • Calipari also had Top 25 recruiting classes at Memphis in each of the four years before he came to Kentucky (Scout’s rankings date back to 2005.) Memphis was No. 6 in 2008, No. 4 in 2007, No. 25 in 2006 and No. 6 in 2005. Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski is the only other coach who has Top 25 recruiting classes in all nine seasons going back to 2005.
  • UK had zero Top 10 classes, according to Scout.com, in the four years before Calipari’s arrival. The Cats were No. 15 in 2008, No. 11 in 2007, No. 16 in 2006 and unranked in 2005.
Teams with 3 or more Top 25 recruiting classes since 2009
School 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Kentucky 1 1 1 1 1
Kansas 2 14 4
Duke 3 11 2 8 8
Arizona 4 3 4 12
Indiana 6 6 10
Florida 7 14 17
Louisville 8 7 21
Marquette 10 24 18
Syracuse 11 15 11 7
N.C. State 12 5 5 14
North Carolina 13 8 9 4 3
UCLA 19 2 16 9
Illinois 20 13 11 22
Baylor 25 4 17
Texas 7 5 12 6
Michigan State 13 19 10
Pittsburgh 17 12 15
Florida State 23 20 24
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  2 Responses to “Rankings breakdown: A fifth No. 1 class for Calipari”

  1. The recent success of teams with zero top 5 classes is interesting. For example, how many top 5 classes make the Final Four the next year or the year after that?

  2. Lets hope & pray that Cal newest recruits fit/play better than last year. If so, it should be a great season.

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