Wildcats land nation's top recruiting class again

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 15, 2012
Kentucky continues to stockpile top-flight high school talent. The Wildcats announced Thursday the signings of five recruits including 6-foot-5 twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, considered two of the nation's top guards. Kentucky has also received national letters of intent from forward Marcus Lee and guard James Young - ranked among the top 10 at their positions by recruiting analysts - and forward Derek Willis of Mt. Washington, Ky. Several recruiting services say the defending national champions have the nation's top recruiting class for the fifth straight year. Kentucky's current freshmen group includes forwards Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, guard Archie Goodwin and center Willie Cauley-Stein. Even with the crowded roster, coach John Calipari indicated that he is considering adding ''maybe one or two more guys'' by the spring. If Calipari doesn't sign anyone else, Kentucky fans should be pleased with who they know is coming. Starting with the Harrison brothers from Richmond, Texas. They led Travis High School to the state 5A championship game last season. Aaron averaged 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals as a junior, while Andrew added 12.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. They are Kentucky's first signees from Texas since Jeff Brassow (1989-94). ''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.'' The coach also signed a couple of versatile big men to add depth to the frontcourt of Noel and Cauley-Stein - or replace the current freshmen if they jump to the NBA. Rivals.com rates the 6-9 Lee as the No. 5 power forward and 17th-best overall player. The Antioch, Calif., native averaged 13.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 9.1 blocks for Deer Valley High School last season. Willis, also 6-9, played in the state playoffs at Rupp Arena with Bullitt East High School last year. Listed anywhere from 25th to 37th at his position by analysts, Calipari described him as a player who can ''get his hands on the ball and really pass.'' Willis averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds last season. The Wildcats will get another perimeter threat in Young. The 6-6 swingman from Rochester Hills, Mich., is also a top-10 player. Young averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals for Troy High School as a junior; he's playing for Rochester High this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

U.S. Senator “appalled” by Bettman’s stance on concussions

Team USA’s Opening Ceremony uniforms look a little treasonous

Lawyer who reps concussion lawsuit wants to speak with Bettman

Former NFL LB Armstrong, wife reportedly killed by 16-year-old son

Tyler Eifert says he will never play in the Pro Bowl again

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Australian athletes evacuate the Olympic village after fire

Russian weightlifting team banned from Rio

Wade says Riley did not push him out of Miami

Nationals among multiple teams inquiring on Mark Melancon

McClain does not show up for Cowboys’ training camp

Andre Johnson agrees to two-year deal with Titans

Matt Cullen’s family eats cereal out of the Stanley Cup

Texas A&M suspends coaches for sexist slideshow

10 most dangerous college football defenders in 2016

Is it time to start taking West Ham seriously?

Storyline from 'Ballers' plays out in Cowboys preseason camp

Texas A&M creates a very sexist version of their fight song for women

Brown, Marshall are apparently serious about their car bet

Lacy, Starks could split carries to start season

Cyborg Santos post-surgery skull photos are eerie

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Hockey team unveils Clinton, Trump bobbleheads

Bennett compares chemistry with Pats QBs to his love life

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Dr. Phil calls out the Patriots for their cheating ways

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker