With Dakari Johnson in the Fold, Could Kentucky's 2013 Recruiting Class Be the Best Ever?

By Paul Seaver
Mark Zerof-USA Today Sports

Would it even be worth comparing a recruiting class to that of the Fab Five?

That argument could run so deep that it may just not be worth its comparison, especially given the national media attention and interest that college basketball recruiting draws these days.

On Saturday night, that same impact was on display, as 2013 center Dakari Johnson told the nation on ESPNU where he would attend college next fall.

His response: Kentucky.

Johnson, who stands at 6-foot-10, is an original native of New York City, but the 12th ranked prospect within the senior class according to ESPNU, currently stars at Montverde Academy (FL).

Now for Johnson, Saturday night belonged to him, his moment to relish in years of hard work and a collective decision to head to Lexington for the 2013-14 season. Alongside it however, is the speculation that is simply worth talking about.

Could this Kentucky Wildcats’ recruiting class be the best ever?

According toESPNU, the Wildcats now have five of the nation’s top 30 prospects from the class of 2013, including four of the top 12 and three of the top six. These numbers are all in correlation with their current player rankings.

By adding Johnson, head coach John Calipari has a starting five and that’s not including the potential return of any players off this year’s squad. That in its own right is another topic and one that likely will not be answered until the NBA Draft deadline comes and goes.

With Johnson at the center position, Kentucky also holds commitments from 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Lee and a back court trio that could be amongst the nation’s best next season. James Young, Aaron Harrison, and Andrew Harrison will round out a perimeter that includes the nation’s third, fifth and sixth ranked recruits. Yea, good luck defending that talent.

Bottom line is this, hype and player rankings mean nothing until these young stars can prove it on the court and at the next level. Only time will tell if this Wildcats’ class can bring something special to Lexington next season, but there is no doubt that on paper, this class has the potential to be one of, if not the, best ever.


Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS


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