Calipari and staff hit the road

The first of two July recruiting periods opens today and John Calipari and his staff, along with the staffs of other programs from around the country, will be hitting the road in search of prospects to fill 2010 rides as well as building for future classes. What is Kentucky's scholarship outlook like in 2010? How many prospects might we see Calipari sign in this class?

The Kentucky Wildcats currently have twelve scholarship players on their 2009-2010 roster. Barring any surprises that's one ride Calipari and his staff will definitely have in addition to this year's senior class.

UK fans bid adieu to seniors Perry Stevenson and Ramon Harris. They are the only players remaining from a class that also included Jodie Meeks, who jumped to the NBA after a breakout junior season; Michael Porter, who gave up basketball and chose to take his degree and put it to work to support his young family; and Derek Jasper, who transferred closer to his Paso Robles, CA home following his sophomore season. Kevin Galloway would have also been a part of the class had he remained at Kentucky.

With three definite scholarships Calipari can also count on two to three other scholarships opening up, with John Wall being forcast as a top five pick, and Patrick Patterson a lottery selection next June they are most assuredly finished after this season. DeMarcus Cousins has also been heralded as a one and done player.

On the conservative side one would think that Kentucky will be filling five rides from the class of 2010. Look for Calipari to hold a few rides for the 2011 class. Coach will definitely want one for his top target in 2011, Michael Gilchrist, as Josh Harrellson is likely to be the lone senior night honoree in the late winter of 2011.

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