Cal: Goals remain high sans Wiggins

The Wildcats may have missed out on the nation's top-rated prospect when Andrew Wiggins opted to sign with Kansas on Tuesday, but John Calipari says that won't change Kentucky's outlook for next season.

Scout's final rankings for the class of 2013 were submitted on Wednesday, and Huntington (W. Va.) Prep forward Andrew Wiggins held on to his top spot less than 24 hours after ending one of the most high-profile recruiting battles in recent memory by signing with the Kansas Jayhawks.

The addition of Wiggins advanced the Jayhawks to the No. 2 recruiting class in 2013, and made them immediate contenders to reach the Final Four. UK head coach John Calipari had high hopes that the Canadian superstar would be the final piece to the loaded 2013 class at Kentucky, but he remains positive that his squad will be just fine without him.

"I'm as confident before and after his decision, and I wish him well," Calipari said at a press conference on Wednesday. "I mean, he's a great kid, and he's going to be a terrific basketball player. It didn't change me any. I was confident in this team and the group we had before and after."

With Wiggins headed elsewhere, talk of an undefeated season may taper off from the fan base, but Calipari has not shied away from goal. He knows his latest top-rated recruiting class is special.

"There will be things out there that will be, ‘We're chasing perfection. We're chasing greatness. We're chasing things that have never been done in the history of our game,'" Calipari said.

The quest to achieve those goals will begin in the summer months when each of the players arrives on campus together for the first time. The coaching staff is aware of the level of talent making its way to Lexington, but Calipari suggests that everything must be earned.

"(On) June 1, when they get here, it's the whole process of earning their way – earning their way into (dorm) rooms, earning their way into the locker room. Trying to make this an earned process," Calipari said. "No one is given anything here. You're going to earn your way. So we're doing some things a little different with this group."


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