Wildcats land nation's top recruiting class again

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Duke beat Kentucky 75-68. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Kentucky coach John Calipari yells instructions to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Duke at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. Duke beat Kentucky 75-68. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky continues to stockpile top-flight high school talent.

The Wildcats announced Thursday the signings of five recruits including 6-foot-5 twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, considered two of the nation's top guards. Kentucky has also received national letters of intent from forward Marcus Lee and guard James Young — ranked among the top 10 at their positions by recruiting analysts — and forward Derek Willis of Mt. Washington, Ky.

Several recruiting services say the defending national champions have the nation's top recruiting class for the fifth straight year. Kentucky's current freshmen group includes forwards Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, guard Archie Goodwin and center Willie Cauley-Stein.

Even with the crowded roster, coach John Calipari indicated that he is considering adding "maybe one or two more guys" by the spring.

If Calipari doesn't sign anyone else, Kentucky fans should be pleased with who they know is coming.

Starting with the Harrison brothers from Richmond, Texas.

They led Travis High School to the state 5A championship game last season. Aaron averaged 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals as a junior, while Andrew added 12.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. They are Kentucky's first signees from Texas since Jeff Brassow (1989-94).

"Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim," Calipari said. "He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent."

The coach also signed a couple of versatile big men to add depth to the frontcourt of Noel and Cauley-Stein — or replace the current freshmen if they jump to the NBA.

Rivals.com rates the 6-9 Lee as the No. 5 power forward and 17th-best overall player. The Antioch, Calif., native averaged 13.9 points, 13.1 rebounds and 9.1 blocks for Deer Valley High School last season.

Willis, also 6-9, played in the state playoffs at Rupp Arena with Bullitt East High School last year. Listed anywhere from 25th to 37th at his position by analysts, Calipari described him as a player who can "get his hands on the ball and really pass."

Willis averaged 18.0 points and 9.3 rebounds last season.

The Wildcats will get another perimeter threat in Young.

The 6-6 swingman from Rochester Hills, Mich., is also a top-10 player. Young averaged 25.1 points, 10.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals for Troy High School as a junior; he's playing for Rochester High this season.

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bjlong38326#239292 writes:

this has got to stop! kentuck and other big name schools sign these kids only to play one or two years of ball, they don't care about and education. kids should be allow to go straight to pro ball or the schools should loose that scholarship for one year!!!

formerflgranny writes:

That goes to prove that lies and money will take you a long way.

ACWLY writes:

The WORLD hates the blue nation yet KNS can't wait to write articles about them, and when they are out of kentucky articles they conjure something up about alabama, the worlds second most hated team.... I noticed there were NO ARTICLES about DUKE crushing the blue ballers, or A&M defeating the mighty tide, HOW COME you can write about the good things that happen to them but not the bad. But I have to give you credit, anything bad that happens to Tennessee and it'll be out in a NY minute.

opportunityisnowhere writes:

Calipari's win percentage is directly inverse of his graduation rate.

GreeneVol writes:

Please no Kentucky articles. I thought I would at least see some news about UT prospects in the article; nope. WHO CARES

UK2K writes:

in response to ACWLY:

The WORLD hates the blue nation yet KNS can't wait to write articles about them, and when they are out of kentucky articles they conjure something up about alabama, the worlds second most hated team.... I noticed there were NO ARTICLES about DUKE crushing the blue ballers, or A&M defeating the mighty tide, HOW COME you can write about the good things that happen to them but not the bad. But I have to give you credit, anything bad that happens to Tennessee and it'll be out in a NY minute.

The only thing Duke crushed was the wooden floor with all those phantom charges,called FLOPS!!!!! The BBN doesn't like you either puke orange. We rule the college ball fandom.

Clarkrm0706 writes:

in response to UK2K:

The only thing Duke crushed was the wooden floor with all those phantom charges,called FLOPS!!!!! The BBN doesn't like you either puke orange. We rule the college ball fandom.

Just reading your post makes me pray for the return of our FB program. Hearing someone be so proud to be a basketball program....hurts me.;)

orangepowerT writes:

in response to Clarkrm0706:

Just reading your post makes me pray for the return of our FB program. Hearing someone be so proud to be a basketball program....hurts me.;)

I find it to be kind of odd that your blue cats like our vols orange and our logo so good that they have started wearing the checker board look on there uniforms, both football and basketball ....HaHa

TheEffect writes:

in response to bjlong38326#239292:

this has got to stop! kentuck and other big name schools sign these kids only to play one or two years of ball, they don't care about and education. kids should be allow to go straight to pro ball or the schools should loose that scholarship for one year!!!

Calipari thinks players should be able to go straight to the NBA from High School......so it is not his fault. He recruits the best players available.....the very ones Tennessee would love to have. The only difference is, he gets them.

Haters are gonna hate.....but we got EIGHT!!!

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

The Coach vs. the recruiter. The Coach won.

chuckfromwoodberry writes:

in response to UK2K:

The only thing Duke crushed was the wooden floor with all those phantom charges,called FLOPS!!!!! The BBN doesn't like you either puke orange. We rule the college ball fandom.

Laettner

born2ride writes:

When Kentucky signs a player they should announce the terms - how much, how many years, signing bonus, new car, family loan, etc.

TheEffect writes:

in response to orangepowerT:

I find it to be kind of odd that your blue cats like our vols orange and our logo so good that they have started wearing the checker board look on there uniforms, both football and basketball ....HaHa

The checkerboard pattern that Kentucky wears pays homage to horse racing and Secretariat's racing silks......Blue and White checks. Tennessee (Doug Dickey particularly) got the idea from the the checkerboard finish line at Daytona. Neither own the idea of checkerboard patterns.......Kentucky just perfected it!!!!

ACWLY writes:

in response to UK2K:

The only thing Duke crushed was the wooden floor with all those phantom charges,called FLOPS!!!!! The BBN doesn't like you either puke orange. We rule the college ball fandom.

Spoken like a true cat, just got drilled and can only blame it on something else. You may want to start thinking about your next excuse, you're going to need several this year... But no matter what, the WORLD does HATE the blue ball nation, and you know it's true!

golfman1975 writes:

This article goes in the WGAS file....

Bad news for KY fans...you still have to play your schedule and CM can out coach you guys.

volfan1954 writes:

There was a signing ceremony today at Dyer Co. High School, Newbern, Tennessee to announce Robert Hubbs, 6'5" guard, had signed with Tennessee. KNS talks about Kentucky's recruiting class and nothing about Hubbs. KNS, where is your allegiance?

Scoon writes:

in response to ACWLY:

The WORLD hates the blue nation yet KNS can't wait to write articles about them, and when they are out of kentucky articles they conjure something up about alabama, the worlds second most hated team.... I noticed there were NO ARTICLES about DUKE crushing the blue ballers, or A&M defeating the mighty tide, HOW COME you can write about the good things that happen to them but not the bad. But I have to give you credit, anything bad that happens to Tennessee and it'll be out in a NY minute.

"a NY minute" ... lol

Nice write-up, acwly, whatever the heck that stands for ...

GerryOP writes:

Looks like Calipari's Spend-An-All-Expenses-Paid-Year-In-Lexington-On-Your-Way-To-The-NBA program is alive and well.

UT 2-0, UK 1-1. Dang! Might as well enjoy it while we can!

Scoon writes:

Oh, I haven't heard "Spend-An-All-Expenses-Paid-Year-In-Lexington-On-Your-Way-To-The-NBA program" in soooo long. Brings back old memories. Yes, it does.

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