On to the Next One

Jay-Z has a popular song on his most recent CD called "On to the Next One". That is a fitting title for John Calipari and his throng of lottery picks at point guard.

Jay-Z has a popular song on his most recent CD called "On to the Next One". That is a fitting title for John Calipari and his throng of lottery picks at point guard. Also like Jay-Z, Calipari has the "Blueprint" from landing top point guards and putting them into the NBA's lottery.

Prior to his time at Kentucky, Calipari landed commitments from Derrick Rose (2007) and Tyreke Evans (2008). After arriving at Kentucky, he signed John Wall (2009) and has also signed Brandon Knight (2010). Today, John Wall officially announced that he'd be going to the NBA after this season and that makes Brandon Knight the heir-apparent at the point guard.

Everybody saw that coming, as neither Knight nor Wall's decision comes as a surprise. What is a surprise is that Kentucky may be landing another top point guard today.

At 1:30 eastern, at Pike High School in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2011 point guard Marquis Teague will verbally commit to play college ball somewhere. Teague listed his final five as Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Indiana and Purdue. That list is in no particular order.

Teague's father and uncle both played basketball at Boston University under Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino. This connection has led people, for over a year, to believe that Teague would ultimately sign with Louisville. That didn't stop other coaches from recruiting the 6-foot-1 floor general.

Teague has visited all the schools on his list and weighed all his options.

Rumors have swirled from every direction. Some say he'll choose Louisville, some say Kentucky. There are some that say he'll pick Cincinnati. At this point, nobody knows except Teague and his family.

Last night Evan Daniels spoke with Teague about his decision. Teague indicated that he had an idea about what he wanted to do, but he wanted to talk it over with his family and see where they stand. "I just want to see what my parents have to say about it tonight," Teague told Daniels. "Like I told you, I kind of already know where I want to go, but I'm just waiting to see what they have to say."

Should Teague choose Kentucky, The Wildcats will have landed the top point guard in the country in three consecutive classes, which to my knowledge is unheard of. If nothing else, it's never happened at Kentucky or the SEC.

Kentucky and Calipari seem to be on the verge of recruiting history, but after the last year and even the last ten days, what else is new?


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