I haven't seen too many people say this, so I'm going to say it.
The 2013 basketball recruiting class is starting to make me antsy.
Let me preface this by saying I'm one of those extreme fans with an insatiable appetite for complete and utter destruction of all opponents. I'm also completely unreasonable. Full disclosure.
You see, this is supposed to be the most awesome, absurdly talented class in the history of mankind. This is supposed to be the class that "30 For 30s" are filmed about after they rampage through college basketball with even more ferocity than the 2011 recruiting class that featured the No. 1 and No. 2 picks in this year's NBA Draft, Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
So, you may ask, what's your problem, man, especially since we are talking about a coach who has brought in four consecutive No. 1 recruiting classes and put 15 players in the NBA, most of which went in the first round, and HIS recruiting philosophy? Oh yeah, he also won a national title and has already been to two Final Fours.
Well, my "problem" is that we only have one commitment to date, homegrown Derek Willis, who is not considered among the nation's elite prospects by most of the recruiting services. Now, I think he'll be a fine player for Kentucky, but his skill level is not really the basis of my anxiety.
My "problem" is that I'm ready for a commitment. I gotta have one. If you think about it, Derek Willis committed way back in January, and Nerlens Noel committed in April as part of the 2012 class. It's been a long drought since then.
I don't want you to confuse my impatience with any kind of worry. I'm sure we'll add the best of the best and have the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. But I am a bit perplexed that maybe we're getting a little too arrogant about the guys we choose to pursue. (Then again, Coach Cal says we don't know everything that goes on, and I may not have mentioned the "worry" gene that I get from my Mom's side.)
Let me just give you some scenarios that play out in my head when I'm trying to go to sleep, or bored, or in the bathroom. Really just about any place that "worry" sets in.
Take Xavier Rathan-Mayes, for example. Recently he cut down his list and has left UK off because he did not land an offer from the Cats, most likely because of the (alleged) impending commitment of the Harrison twins. Maybe it's true that XRM wants to start immediately, but don't we have the greatest salesman in college basketball recruiting players for us? Couldn't he sell Rathan-Mayes on coming off the bench and still playing a huge role on the team, then starting in 2014? Let's not kid ourselves; Rathan-Mayes is a good player. Is he as good as the Harrisons? Probably not. Maybe I'm just selfish in wanting all the kids that are any good here. Just seems to me with 13 available scholarships we would have plenty of room for him, and he'd have plenty of available playing time.
Then there's the story of James Young. Young, a top 10 prospect, seemed to be a UK lock in late July/early August. Now he seems to have cooled on the Cats, as there is still speculation that he may not even hold a firm or "committable" offer yet. Again, the Harrisons. I got ya. And of course there's the speculation over exactly what Andrew Wiggins is going to do about reclassifying to 2013, but why not just go ahead and lock Young in? The last thing I want him doing is going off on us in Chicago next year alongside Jabari Parker at Michigan State. Plus, you know Wiggins is good enough to play no matter who's on the team and is not worried about competing for playing time. So, again, why not take Young?
Far be it from me to question Coach Cal, seeing that everything he's touched has turned to gold. Honestly, I feel a bit insane. Maybe I should lay down for a minute.
All I know is that there are two Andrews, an Aaron and a Julius that can put an end to my suffering.
Until next year.
Patience & The 2013 Class
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