Found March 21, 2013 on BlackSportsOnline:
Ncaa_basketball_tournament_54fe
Get your John Calipari jabs in now while you still can.  Kentucky will be back. Yesterday Prestonwood High School (Dallas, Tx.) forward Julius Randle committed to the Wildcats, joining what some are calling the greatest college basketball recruiting class of all time.  Indeed, Kentucky now has commitments from six of the top 20 players in the country according to most rankings: Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, James Young, Marcus Lee, Derek Willis and Randle. The significance of those rankings cannot be understated.  While there is always the possibility that scouts were just wrong, don’t forget that unlike high school football prospects, elite high school basketball players compete against each other all summer on the AAU circuit.  They have been tested against the best competition, and they don’t have to make much of an adjustment to the college game.  All six guys should be ready to contribute immediately for Kentucky. Moreover, Archie Goodwin, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein have announced that they intend to return to Lexington next season. The incoming class plus the potential return of three experienced rising sophomores is enough to get any member of Big Blue Nation hyped up, but what happens if Andrew Wiggins, AKA the “Canadian LeBron James”,  decides to take his talents to Kentucky as well?  Even with Randle’s commitment, it appears that Kentucky still has room to offer at least one more basketball scholarship next season. Although Duke commit Jabari Parker gets more press, Wiggins is the consensus top-ranked prospect in the 2013 class.  The 6’7″ forward will reportedly decide between Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Florida State. Assuming that Wiggins will be a “one and done”, Kentucky seems to be the logical choice for him if winning a national championship is his main goal next season. A lot of basketball fans often wonder what would happen if the worst NBA team in a given season played the best college team from that same year.  Considering that Randle, the Harrison twins, Johnson and maybe James Young would all be lottery picks if they were allowed to enter the draft now, Kentucky may very well be sending a lottery caliber NBA team out onto the court in 2013-14 with or without Wiggins. Still, the addition of Wiggins would to John Calipari’s impressive haul would make the Wildcats lethal.  The determining factor for Wiggins will likely be whether or not he wants to be a star amongst stars at Kentucky, or be the star at Kansas, North Carolina or Florida State. If Wiggins does end up choosing Kentucky, we should probably start the “can they go undefeated?” talk now.      
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

John Calipari and Kentucky are what is wrong with the one-and-done

Just one year ago, the Kentucky Wildcats were getting set to begin a six-game winning streak that would culminate with the school’s eighth National Title. Today, they are no longer contestants in the NIT, after being beaten by Robert Morris. Not going to call it a huge upset, as Kentucky wasn’t a very good team to begin with, but we will go as far as to say that it helps support...
THAT DIDN'T WORK OUT

Papa Johns uses Calipari in Tourney ad

Papa Johns and their pizza promotion must not have gotten the memo that the Kentucky Wildcats weren't joining the 2013 NCAA Tournament field.

Did USC Football or Kentucky Basketball have the worse season?

On Tuesday the defending National Champion Kentucky Wildcats went all Michigan losing to Appalachian State by losing to a team more known for their sweet nickname (Bobby Mo) than their basketball program. For Wildcats fans this is a disappointment of Waterworld like proportions. Earlier this season the USC Trojans were a preseason favorite to win the National Championship. They had...

Should John Calipari jump to the NBA?

Short of making the Eastern Conference Finals, it is hard to imagine Brooklyn Nets interim head coach P.J. Carlesimo lasting past this season.  At the same time, John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats did not make the NCAA Tournament and are even coming off a loss to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT. Seemingly, these are two coaches who will be home earlier than...

John Calipari featured in Papa John's NCAA tournament promotion despite not making NCAA Tournament (Picture)

Clearly, the ad wizards over at Papa John's are going to regret their decision of putting Kentucky head coach John Calipari as one of the faces on their NCAA tournament promotion ad campaign. Since Kentucky didn't make the tournament this and then got subsequently shocked by Robert Morris in the NIT last night. Check out the below photo from the e-mail campaign that...

Calipari Won't Let Kentucky 'Almost Get Hijacked' Again

John Calipari said Kentucky's lack of depth forced him to accept things he wouldn't normally do.

Kentucky's NIT loss more shameful than fluke

Nothing drives home a lesson like the sting of embarrassment. John Calipari knows it. On Tuesday night in his hometown of Moon Township, Pa., Calipari stood watch as 3,500 fans the largest crowd to fill the Sewall Center of Robert Morris University in years stormed the floor to celebrate his Wildcats' 59-57 defeat in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament...

Randle joins UK's No. 1 recruiting class

Five-star Texas power forward Julius Randle announced on ESPNU today that he will join John Calipari's top-ranked recruiting class at Kentucky, giving the Wildcats the No. 1 player at four out of five positions in the Class of 2013.

Will Kentucky Fans Invade Rupp Arena For Louisville’s Tournament Games?

Kentucky fans have no use for NCAA tournament tickets this year. Their team will be playing in the first round of the NIT tonight on the road at Robert Morris in Pittsburgh, PA. I assume most UK fans will be in hiding until next season, considering John Calipari’s team was easily the most disappointing team in the country this season. But it turns out that there may be some Kentucky...

Nation’s No. 2 recruit Julius Randle picks Kentucky Wildcats, rest easy Big Blue Nation

The nation's No. 2 overall recruit Julius Randle has pledged his commitment to John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats.

Kentucky Loses to Robert Morris in First Round of NIT

It was bad enough when the Kentucky Wildcats lost their star player. It was even worse when they were left out of the NCAA tournament and relegated to the NIT. For defending national champions it likes getting kicked where it hurts and being told you have to smile about it. Could it get any worse for a team that is accustomed to being in the running for the national championship...

Colonials upset ‘Cats in NIT, 59-57

The roller coaster of a season for the Kentucky Wildcats came to a final free-fall in Moon Township, PA on Wednesday. The Colonials lead for most of the game, while the ‘Cats looked disinterested. Robert Morris jumped out to a 10-0 lead to begin the game, and never looked back. Despite numerous Calipari timeouts, the ‘Cats rarely showed any signs of life. The one guy that was...
College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.