In a decision that may have stunned some, especially in the heart of the country, the nation’s number two overall college basketball recruit Julius Randle (Plano, TX/Prestonwood Christian) announced that he will be playing next year for the Kentucky Wildcats. The Kansas Jayhawks, my prediction as to where Randle would end up, was the other team in what many considered a two-horse race.
I was debating before Randle decided to choose Kentucky to call this incoming class for the Wildcats the next Fab Five. With Randle now committing to Kentucky, it’s time to come up with a new nickname because this team is much better than the Fab Five team from over 20 years ago.
Randle will be joining five recruits, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, Marcus Lee and James Young, who are top 20 overall in the nation.
To say this Kentucky recruiting class is the best ever is an understatement. Head coach John Calipari has assembled the greatest group of young basketball players we’ve ever seen since, well, the Fab Five. This has to soften the blow just a little after the Wildcats had a very disappointing season, culminating with an NIT loss to Robert Morris last night.
Kentucky receives a great player and one who will help Wildcat fans forget about the team’s embarrassing loss in the opening round of the NIT. I know it is very early as they have yet to play together, but this group not only gives the Wildcats the top 2013 college basketball recruiting class, it could make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament next season and possibly contend for a national championship.