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They acquired one of the best freshman recruiting classes a year ago that produced five NBA draft picks.
This upcoming season, Coach Calipari intends to make it six. He acquired Brandon Knight, Terrence Jones, Enes Kanter, Doron Lamb, Stacey Poole, Jarrod Polson and Eloy Vargas.
No question, Kentucky has the best recruiting class this year, as well. John Calipari continues to bring in talent, and nothing is modifying his recruiting endeavors.
Thus far in the 2011 recruiting class, he has received two verbal commitments. Michael Gilchrist and Marquis Teague help Calipari maintain the recruiting trend.
Now with the No. 1 overall prospect along with the best guard in the 2011 class, it is time for a post presence.
With the emergence of Anthony Davis, the Wildcats were one of the first teams to take notice.
Davis loves the fact that Kentucky produces NBA lottery talent, and that is one reason he is considering the program.
When Davis shortened his list Kentucky was amongst the leaders. If the Wildcats can receive a verbal commitment from Davis as well, I declare them national contenders.
Just think about a lineup that features Davis, Gilchrist and Teague.
The Wildcats will have the flexibility of going big or small and still contributing at a high level.
Teague will always play at the one, but with Gilchrist, you can slide him at the two or three and expect contributions as long as Gilchrist is on the wing he is productive.
Davis can be courted in three spots—the small or power forward along with the center position. He was a guard about a year ago, and his frame allows him to be versatile on the basketball court.
This trio will be able to contend for a National title. A talented point guard, wing threat, and post presence is particularly useful when you are building a successful team.
However, Calipari will need to bring in LeBryan Nash, Tony Wroten Jr. and Trevor Lacey as well as retaining DeAndre Liggins, Darius Miller, and Stacey Poole.
Nevertheless, trying to win a National Championship is hard--especially if you are a freshman. With the talent and leadership ability of Gilchrist, the Wildcats are Anthony Davis away from being National Contenders.
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