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On paper, I think this beats their previous four classes and that UNC class with Ty Lawson and co. What do you guys think? Six McD all-americans. Wow. Imagine if the #1 player, Wiggins, joins this class!??
2013 commits (National rank)
PF Julius Randle (2)
SG Aaron Harrison (4)
PG Andrew Harrison (5)
SG James Young (10)
C Dakari Johnson (12)
PF Marcus Lee (18)
PF Derek Willis (129)
This post has been edited 3 times, most recently by dolphin_md 13 months ago
You left out Dakari Johnson.
Are they going to tell their current trash players to GTFO? Lol at Ryan Harrow
wtf is Derek Willis thinking.
Somone has to graduate, I'll be that guy.
local kentucky kid is basically set for life
On paper, yes.
He has enough ability to be a serious player somewhere else. I'm not sure why a kid that needs development would ever go to Kentucky, you're going to get buried year after year.
None of those kids are as good as Wall or Cousins were. This class is deeper though.
I think Randle is a better prospect than Cousins. I don't think either Harrison will be Wall caliber in the pros though. If they land Wiggins, he obviously becomes the best pro prospect of anyone Cal has had at UK.
Michigan's Fab 5 went to 2 NC games. The 2013 kentucky class could wind up in the NIT next year. Michigan's Fab 5 is still the best class ever.
This post was edited by CaliforniaTerp 13 months ago
Come on out and get your whoopin!
I saw this thread title and hoped it was from a year ago which somebody bumped after the NIT loss.
Oh well. Entertainment denied.
I'll go the grave thinking the Fab Five is the best class ever, but if this group ends up starting together and takes Kentucky from an NIT to a title next year, they are definitely in the conversation. The biggest difference will be the amount of talent that Kentucky has around the freshman. They may have underachieved this year, but they are far more talented than the Eric Riley - James Voskuil - Michael Talley - Freddie Hunter group that Michigan had
When offseason attrition is all said and done, the group around these guys will probably look similar.
Paper tiger. Will have to see whether these cats have enough chemistry to win it all again. I hope it turns into a shit show.
This post was edited by 2013Terp 13 months ago
Wow. This is NOT roomy!
Fab five had to play against real teams, not this watered down bullshit.
yes, please add Dakari Johsnon on your list
No they can't.
Basing it strictly on current rankings is silly. The argument will boil down to: (1) whether the team will outperform the Fab Five; and (2) whether the top end talent will end up having better careers than Webber, Howard, and Rose. I don't believe this version of Kentucky will do either...nor will they have as great an impact on basketball as the Fab Five did.
Depending on attrition, transfers, etc., Kentucky's supporting cast will clearly be better than what UM had. However, if the argument is about best recruiting class ever then the surrounding talent shouldn't be in the discussion - only the talent level of the incoming freshmen.
Not even close.
Gary's 2007 recruiting class was best ever.
2 England F Fr Shane Walker
4 United States C Fr Braxton Dupree
22 United States G Fr Adrian Bowie
23 United States G Fr David Pearman
24 United States G Fr Cliff Tucker
32 United States F Fr Jerome Burney
33 United States F Fr Dino Gregory
Braxton Dupree at 4 stars
"And I try to har-mo-nize with songs the lonesome sparrow sings...
There are no kings inside the Gates of Eden."
this x 1000
Of course the answer is yes.
#1 rated PG on Rivals
#1 rated SG on Rivals
#3 rated SF on Rivals (and in contention for #1 rated SF on Rivals)
#1 rated PF on Rivals
#1 rated C on Rivals
Plus the #2 rated C on Rivals. It's pretty much impossible to come up with a better, more balanced class.
(And before people say "on paper" or some other caveat, yes, of course on paper. That's what is meant by recruiting classes. No one discusses best recruiting classes ever by figuring out the best teams ever and then pointing to their freshman years because those class ultimately worked out best "on the court" because they won a title.)
This post was edited by 28thAmendment 13 months ago
Um, the point is that when you compare accomplishments from the team, you compare the Fab Five leading that Michigan team to the title game versus the Kentucky group with their surrounding cast doing whatever they do.
For example, the Fab Five all started and scored 73 of the 75 points against Ohio State in the Elite 8. The bench contributed a total of 2 points and 2 rebounds.
Let's see if Kentucky's class has that sort of success and play that big of a role in the team.
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