Recruiting Roundup: April 30th, 2012

Recruiting is never over for Kentucky coach John Calipari. The Wildcats, coming off of the nation's eighth national championship has hit the ground running for the 2013 class while finishing up the 2012 class.

Recruiting is never over for Kentucky coach John Calipari. The Wildcats, coming off of the nation's eighth national championship has hit the ground running for the 2013 class while finishing up the 2012 class.

The Wildcats have Scout.com's number two rated 2012 recruiting class, but at this stage, its unknown whether they'll add another player or not, who can push them over the top to the top rated class for an unprecedented fourth straight time.

But while Calipari finishes out the class, he's also zeroing in on some prospects for the 2013 class.

Phoebus High (Va.) wing, Troy Williams has long been a top target for Kentucky and with North Carolina being the other contender, this week's decision from Williams will be an important one for both programs.

Williams is a high energy wing who uses great athleticism and aggressiveness to get to the rim and finish. With added strength and coaching, Williams could also become a big time defender on the wing for whatever program he chooses.

Should Kentucky not land Williams this week, Kentucky could very well turn their attention to 6-foot-5 swing-man, James Young. The left-hander has a nice jumper and a great ability to just put the ball in the basket. Young has vocally said that Kentucky is his leader, but the Wildcats have yet to tender an offer. That could change, should Kentucky strike out on Williams. Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State are all involved and have offered as well.

Last season Kentucky enjoyed the presence of Anthony Davis on the defensive end. This upcoming season, it's likely we'll see Nerlens Noel flourish in a similar role on the defensive end. But who's next? Kentucky has apparently identified Antioch, California forward Marcus Lee as another big time –shot-blocker.

Lee had a standout performance at EYBL in Hampton. According to Scout.com's Evan Daniels, he's grown two inches and filled out his body very well. Going along with his 6-foot-9 frame, he's got the kind of length that allows him to block shots at will and get on the glass. Duke and Kansas have offered recently, so it wouldn't be surprising to see Kentucky toss its name in the hat.

Additionally, 2014 prospect Andrew Wiggins has been rumored to be considering reclassifying to the 2013 class, but there is no confirmation from Wiggins regarding that alternative. The 6-foot-8 forward is arguably the best high school basketball player in the country. His combination of athleticism, scoring ability and size make him one of the nation's most desirable prospects.


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