Duke seemingly ends Kentucky's run

After a five year run as the top recruiting school in the country, it looks like Kentucky's reign is coming to an end.

Since John Calipari took over at the University of Kentucky in the spring of 2009 not much has been consistent in college basketball. In fact nothing has been as consistent as Kentucky finishing with the No. 1 recruiting class. However with the news of Justise Winslow picking Duke, it seems that Kentucky's five year run winning the recruiting national title will now be over.

Kentucky entered the early signing period with the No. 1 class headed by five-star commitments Trey Lyles and Karl Towns as well as four-stars Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis in the backcourt. That lofty perch however was short lived as Mike Krzyzewski and Duke made their run.

Duke only had four-star Grayson Allen heading into the early signing period, but then things changed in a big way. The Blue Devils landed the highly touted package duo of Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor in one day. That gave them two of the top five players in the class and immediately vaulted the Blue Devils to the No. 1 class given the star power of those two.

Now Duke has added a third top 10 prospect in the form of Winslow. Winslow checks in at No. 10 overall, and is one of the biggest winners and most versatile players in the class. With that Duke now has a commanding lead for the No. 1 class, and it is seemingly tough for Kentucky to be able to catch them.

Kentucky at least theoretically could catch Duke, but a lot of things would have to happen. First and foremost Kentucky would need to add two more commitments to the class, and they would have to be the right two.

Most importantly the Wildcats would have to land Myles Turner. Turner being the No. 2 overall prospect would give them the elite top five talent that is currently missing from their class, and would allow the Wildcats to compete with Duke in terms of immediate impact.

Along with adding Turner, Kentucky would likely need to land either four-star forward Jonah Bolden or have class of 2015 five-star Montaque Gill Caesar also join in the fold and re-class into 2014. Even Bolden and Gill Caesar would likely not be enough to overtake the sheer elite star power that Duke has.

Given that Kentucky is not considered one of the main contenders for Turner, and that Gill Caeser hasn't decided on moving into the 2014 class it seems unlikely that the Blue Devils will be overtaken by Calipari.

At the end of the day winning the "recruiting national title" probably isn't the biggest thing in the world, as anywhere in the top 5-10 means significant talent is coming in to the program. Still it is at least interesting that right now it looks likely that for the first time in six years not every program will be looking up to Kentucky when it comes to recruiting.


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