BEYOND THE HYPE
Analyzing the top recruits
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Much has been made of John Calipari’s approach to filling a roster since he came to Kentucky nearly three years ago. A school that had seven national championships but never a one-and-done player was suddenly chock full of them. And with blue-chip recruits living up to their hype, the excitement had returned to Rupp Arena after years of disappointment.
But is assembling a group of freshman superstars year after year really the path to an eighth national championship? That question can only be answered on the court as Calipari grooms his third squad of young Cats for a run at the Final Four and — possibly — a national title.
The statistics that follow won’t guarantee an eighth banner or prove it an impossible achievement for a group of five-star college freshmen. As always, anything can and will happen in March.
Instead, we’ll look at the nation’s Top 10 freshmen in each of the last five recruiting classes, how they fared in their first seasons, and where they went from there.
The following pages also look deeper into Calipari’s recruiting dominance, and just what it would mean if his current class of freshmen walk away with the title in April.
Next page: The Top 10 recruits
- All recruiting rankings contained in these pages refer to the Recruiting Services Consensus Index (RSCI), which is a combination of several major recruit services’ rankings. To learn more about the RSCI and see the Top 100 rankings for every class dating back to 1998, visit the website at www.rscihoops.com.
- All statistics referenced here for class of 2011 players are through the games of Jan. 17.