Another Productive Season of Recruiting for the Kentucky Wildcats

By Jared Brown
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Throughout the years, the Kentucky Wildcats have made it a trend to heavily recruit the nation’s top prospects . This season has been no different as the boys in blue and white lead the country in recruiting yet again as they have received commitments from five players up to this point.

Of those five recruits, three of them are 5-star players ranked in the top 10 for the 2013 class, and four of them rank in the ESPN Top 100. However, John Calipari isn’t done yet as he still has his sights set on small forward Andrew Wiggins, the nation’s top prospect, and would like to land either Julius Randle or Aaron Gordon who are both power forwards ranked in the top 10 for their class.

If the Wildcats have success in signing two or even just one of their remaining top prospects it could be argued that this may be the greatest recruiting class of all time. Currently, Kentucky’s list of commits includes the Andrew Harrison and his twin brother Aaron Harrison from Travis High School in Richmond, TX, James Young from Rochester High School in Rochester, MI, Marcus Lee from Deer Valley High School in Antioch, CA, and Derek Willis from Bullitt East High School in Mt. Washington, KY.

The Harrison twins are a duel threat in the back court and have very similar styles of play. Standing 6’5″, they’re both quick and are excellent defenders along the perimeter for guys their size. Aaron does a great job of moving without the ball, using screens to get open, and can knock down open jumpers all day. Andrew, on the other hand, has the ability to completely take over and dominate a game. He plays at a pace higher than anyone else on the floor and his entire team feeds off of his energy.

James Young, is a 6’6″ 210 pound, southpaw shooting guard with the mentality of a natural born scorer. He has a soft touch that allows him to finish off the dribble and get to the free throw line but he’s also deadly from beyond the arc. Defenses need to know where he is on the floor at all times or he will make them pay.

Marcus Lee is a 6’9″ 200 pound, power forward that will provide services in the paint for the Wildcats. He has a high basketball IQ, he’s active around the rim, and has a wingspan that allows him to be an effective shot blocker. As a junior, Lee averaged 13.9 points per game with an equal number of rebounds. However, if he’s going to have success in the NCAA, Lee will have to hit the weight room hard this summer.

Derek Willis is a 6’9″ 210 pound power forward, who may make the transition to small forward as he continues to develop.

Willis is solid in conventional post play but he can also face up and take guys off the dribble as well as step back and hit a 20 footer. As he continues to get stronger and more mature as a basketball player, he will become a valuable tool for the Wildcats down the road.

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