Head Coach John Calipari’s Top 10 Recruits at Kentucky

John Calipari's Top 10 Recruits at Kentucky

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John Calipari has recruited some very talented basketball players in his time at Kentucky. That is no mystery. However, the order of those recruits is definitely up for debate. So, let’s take a look at Calipari’s top 10 recruits while being the head coach of the Wildcats.

(All recruiting information comes from ESPN.com.)

10. Trey Lyles

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10. Trey Lyles

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Trey Lyles has not played a single minute at the college level, but he should start right away and he should make a huge impact. Regardless, he is ranked No. 6 in the class of 2014.

9. James Young

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9. James Young

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Ranking: No. 8 in class of 2013
Stats: 14.3 points per game, 4.3 rebounds per game, 34.9 percent from behind the arc (82 threes)

James Young may not be Calipari’s highest rated recruit, but he was still a very good one. Not to mention, he was still ranked No. 8 in the same class that Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker came out of -- the year of the freshmen.

8. Andrew Harrison

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8. Andrew Harrison

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Ranking: No. 5 in class of 2013
Stats: 10.9 points per game, 3.2 rebounds per game, 4.0 assists per game

Andrew Harrison was the No. 1 rated point guard in his class. If the Harrison twins would have joined a team less talented than Kentucky, they both would have had huge seasons. Still, both were very important to Kentucky’s success and will be back for another year.

7. Aaron Harrison

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7. Aaron Harrison

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Ranking: No. 9 in class of 2013
Stats: 13.7 points per game, 3.0 rebounds per game, 35.6 percent from behind the arc (62 made threes)

Here is the other Harrison twin, and the better player of the two if you ask me. That is because of the simple fact that he was so clutch in the 2014 NCAA tournament. He was the No. 1 rated shooting guard in his class.

6. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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6. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

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Ranking: No. 4 in class of 2011
Stats: 11.9 points per game, 7.4 rebounds per game

Keeping the No. 1 ranking trend going, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was the No. 1 ranked small forward in the 2011 class. He also helped lead Kentucky to a national championship.

5. DeMarcus Cousins

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5. DeMarcus Cousins

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Ranking: No. 4 in class of 2009
Stats: 15.1 points per game, 9.9 rebounds per game

Once again, DeMarcus Cousins was the No. 1 ranked player in his position (center). As you can see by now, John Calipari gets the best of the best on a yearly basis. I really thought Cousins and John Wall were going to win the NCAA tournament in their one year at Kentucky, but they had to settle for an Elite Eight appearance.

4. John Wall

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4. John Wall

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Ranking: No. 5 in class of 2009
Stats: 16.6 points per game, 6.5 assists per game, 4.3 rebounds per game

Surprise, surprise, John Wall was the No. 1 ranked point guard in his class. Him and Cousins were great in their first and only year at Kentucky. Both players have been very successful in the NBA as well.

3. Julius Randle

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3. Julius Randle

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Ranking: No. 3 in class of 2013
Stats: 15 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game

Julius Randle at No. 3? Yeah, Randle at No. 3. He very well could make a case for the No. 2 spot on this list. Randle was a double-double machine this past year and he is one of the most NBA-ready prospects in the 2014 NBA Draft. He was the No. 1 ranked power forward in his class as well.

2. Nerlens Noel

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2. Nerlens Noel

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Ranking: No. 1 in class of 2012
Stats: 10.5 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, 4.4 blocks per game

Nerlens Noel had the tough task of taking over for the No. 1 player on this list. Unfortunately, his team did not even come close to meeting expectations -- didn’t even make the tournament -- and Noel went down with an injury during the season.

1. Anthony Davis

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1. Anthony Davis

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Ranking: No. 1 in class of 2011
Stats: 14.2 points per game, 10.4 rebounds per game, 4.7 blocks per game

This one is a no-brainer. Anthony Davis won the Naismith as a freshman and he also led Kentucky to a national championship. Sure, this team was very talented and one of the best of all time, but Davis was always the best player on the court.

Trevor Lowry is a Senior Writer and Copy Editor at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.

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