Class of 2012 taking their time

The rate at which top players are making commitments more closely resembles the late twentieth century than recent seasons.

Recruiting this season has taken on a "Back to the Future" type of theme.

At this point in time during recent seasons available top 50 players had either already, or would soon fall into the slim pickings category. That is not the case at present.

Need evidence?

Check out the Kentucky targets on the list of prospects being pursued by Coach Calipari and his staff. One finds a plethora of top ranked players that are legitimately potential members of Kentucky's 2012 signing class.

What is the cause of the lack of movement to make verbal commitments by the class of 2012?

In my estimation the uncertainty over who will be eligible for next June's NBA draft has resulted in the class being slower to pull the trigger.

With the NBA in lockout mode top players have gone into lockdown mode.

These top ranked players, who just a year ago had some idea what kind of roster they would find when they arrived at their college destination, today look at roster and find roster uncertainty.

Is one and done going to continue to rule the draft, or will the NBA opt for a two and through option? There has even been talk of the NBA adopting an NFL type of rule that would require players to be three years removed from high school prior to being eligible for the draft.

With a collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players looking pretty unlikely in the current calendar year these high school seniors are faced with making decisions without having a good idea of what players the roster of a team they sign with may include.

Players are faced with the potential of signing with teams only to arrive on campus to find that the spot in the rotation they thought would be theirs will remain filled by a returning player.

This class may find themselves in the position that players used to knowingly step into regularly. Before the mid 90's brought the word "potential" to the forefront of the NBA draft players regularly signed with teams knowing they would need to pay their dues and wait for upperclassmen to vacate spots before earning a spot in the starting rotation.

Will kids, such as top five ranked center Mich McGary, be willing to play for a season or two behind an upperclassman and hone their skills in a reserve role should the class of 2010 or 2011 be forced to remain in college longer than has become customary?

Will the players try to wait out the lockout before making choices, or will circumstances cause them to choose schools before knowing what rules future drafts will use?

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