Kentucky Wildcats a top team in 2014

        Even know the Kentucky Wildcats didn't make it to the NCAA Tournament in 2013, then lost in the NIT, they are still one of the top teams for the upcoming season. How is this possible? The combination of arguably the top recruiting class ever and the teams returning talent from the previous season. Coach Calipari's Kentucky will surprise teams and fans with how good a team can be when they do not lose their starting lineup to the NBA and bring in a typical top recruiting class that this school has been familiar with under Coach John Calipari.

        The Wildcats bring in lefty Julius Randle, a 6'9" power forward who is the top power forward in the recruiting class. Next, the team brings in another talented lefty, James Young. Young will be a scorer who has a jump shot and a soft touch. Of course Kentucky will bring in one of the top center recruits in the country Dakari Johnson. Johnson is not like the past big men Calipari brought in. He cannot block shots and alter shots like Nerlens Noel or Anthony Davis, but still clogs the lane. The Wildcats bring in two brothers to next year's team, Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Andrew is the top point guard recruit in the class. Andrew has the size and length for the point guard position. Andrew is a leader and has the defensive prowess that NBA teams covet. Andrew's brother Aaron plays shooting guard. Aaron has an extremely high basketball IQ and can score out to the 3-point line.

        Kentucky still is awaiting word from the top recruit in the class Andrew Wiggins. It would be hard to argue that anyone has a better chance to win the National championship if the #1 overall propsect signs with the Wildcats. This wildcats team will return top recruits from last year's team, Alex Poytheress and Willie Cauley-Stein. This Kentucky team will be the first in basketball history where players declared for the NBA draft because they feared they couldn't play on their college team if they came back.

By Steven Spector - 4 - 13- 13