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Dortch says UK recruits five star players that want to work, be coached and get better


Blue Ribbon College Basketbal Yearbook Editor Chris Dortch offered these insights on what could lie ahead for Kentucky basketball.

Queston: Now that Calipari has added Dakari Johnson to his 2013 recruiting haul, just how good would you think UK could be next year?
Dortch: “I’ll reserve judgment to see how many freshman stay around. But even if they don’t, this class is shaping up to be epic, and Kentucky will have a chance to do great things despite being so young. It’s an overlooked fact that Kentucky doesn’t just recruit five-star players. It recruits five-star players that, for the most part, want to work, want to be coached and want to get better.

Question: Do you see any way Wiggins and/or Randle could join the class as well?
Dortch: “I don’t pretend to know what they’re thinking, but it has to be intriguing to either one of them to consider joining that great class. Should that happen, and I’m no recruiting analyst, wouldn’t that have to be the best class of all time?”

Question: With such a strong recruiting class coming in next year, do you think any of the current freshmen would or should come back to UK?
Dortch: “Noel, Poythress and Goodwin are all projected as lottery picks. It’s hard to turn that down. Having said that, maybe one of them may be intrigued about the possibility of returning to a team that will be so loaded.”

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  1. Larry Pup

    I love UK and wish all our players well, but I don’t think a single one is anywhere close to being ready for the NBA. Not based on what I’ve seen so far. All of them should think about returning in my book.


    I think that while Nerlens isn’t physically ready for the NBA, he will be a lottery pick based on potential alone and can’t risk an injury for that kind of money. Archie could leave, however, I think the transition would really be hard on him. I will go so far to predict a total disaster for Alex, if he leaves…has no handle, doesn’t know the basics of how to play the game, and would be a career D leaguer/Euro players…listen to Cal Alex and your dream can come true.

    1. larryvaught

      Nerlens could not only be lottery pick, he could be pick No. 1

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