Make no mistake about it, the 2013 University of Kentucky recruiting class will have to accomplish a lot to stack up to the Fab Five in terms of on floor production and impact on college basketball. Not only did Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson win a lot of games and play in two consecutive national title games, but in many ways they popularized and revolutionized college basketball.
While it isn't likely that this class will make the social and off the court impact of the Fab Five, at least on paper it looks like Kentucky's class is superior. The most recent addition, Julius Randle, makes this class is quite simply the best.
It all starts with Andrew Harrison and Aaron Harrison the twin guards out of Houston. Andrew is the top point guard while Aaron is the top shooting guard. The two of them are NBA ready right now. Both stand around 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds with elite skill and high level athleticism to go along with a complete hunger and desire to win every single time they step out on the floor.
Then you have Randle who is the top power forward. He is a skilled four man who can dominate inside and then also has the ability to play in the mid-range and out. Add in that Randle is big enough to guard centers and skilled enough to spend some time on the wing, and his addition is simply incredible.
Also there is another top 10 prospect with James Young. Young is a Troy, Michigan native who is as good a scorer as there is in the country. However what Young does which will be so valuable for this team is he rebounds at an elite level for a wing. Given his rebounding, Young brings an added dimension on the wing, and then has the size and versatility to play numerous positions.
Down low another two five-star prospects are in this class. True center Dakari Johnson and hybrid center/power forward Marcus Lee are both five-star prospects who will take their game to Lexington. Johnson is a massive human being who clogs the lane, rebounds, block shots, and can score some down low. Lee is an elite shot blocker who will also rebound, and doesn't require a lot of post touches and is content to go get the ball off the glass.
What makes all of this so special is just the sheer size, strength, and athleticism on display here. Every single prospect, with the exception of Johnson, can play multiple positions and each of them is a near elite or elite athlete.
Those bodies and those skills can all blend together, and give Kentucky not only the elite top level talent that the Fab Five did, but also more depth and just more physically ready bodies for the college game.
Now there is no way this group will go to back-to-back title games as several will be shaking David Stern's hand on NBA Draft night following the 2013-14 season, but it is very possible if John Calipari goes in this direction that it could be the first time five freshmen start for a national championship team.