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By GREG WEIR
I know it appears Coach Cal is running a little behind his usual stellar recruiting success, but I’m not worried in the least. At least according to my Ouija Board andÃ‚Â Magic 8Ball.
The way these things have played out in recent years it’s, all up in the air and also anybody’s guess what the makeup of our 2012 rosterÃ‚Â may ultimately look like. Goodwin was a “huge get” for UK, and yes it was disappointing that Perry Ellis slipped through the proverbial cracks. It is widely assumed we will lose 5, 6, 7 guys from the 2011-2012 class. But if history
proves anything, it confirms that no one knows how things will shake out come late spring 2012.
There are two guaranteed certainties we know without a doubt. Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas will be out of eligibility. We also must assume that Terrence Jones is as good as gone. But here’s where it gets a little fuzzy for me based on several factors. I think most everyone felt strongly Jones would not be back this year. Honestly I was more surprised that he stayed and Brandon Knight left.
I also remember back to the first couple of monthsÃ‚Â of the 2009 season. I think pretty much everyone thought we had a chance of getting Cousins and P Pat back for 2010, but I was amazed when Bledsoe and Orton put their names in the draft. Shows what I know, which obviously is not much. Thats why I consult a higher force in such matters, tea leaves etc.
So it’s a given that Miller and Vargas are gone, Jones is probably 99.9 percent out of here.Ã‚Â If Anthony
Davis is as good as advertised we can also take him out of the equation, but Lamb, Teague and Kidd-Gilchrest are another matter entirely. I contend that if Patterson can stick around for his juniorÃ‚Â season, why not Doron Lamb. Gilchrist has stated he’s in no hurry to get to the NBA, and after all the kid just turned 18 this week. Teague I think is the one guy of these three that is most likely to put his name in the draft, but all of this is assuming he progresses and develops in the same fashion as Wall, Evans and Rose. And though that scenario is likely it’s certainly not a forgone conclusion.
So where does that leave us? Goodwin is on board. Ryan Harrow, who was a 5-star recruit, is the point guard heir to the throne. Kyle Wiltjer is also a McDonalds all-american and the No. 22 guy in his class and should be returning, although I’ve heard peeps out of the early practice sessions he has been very impressive. It was also reported this week that Alex Poythress is a lock for UK by a supposedly very reliable source. If that indeed plays out as indicated, looks to me as though there isn’t alot more really needed to have a really solid team for 2012-13, especially if Michael Kidd-Gilchrist returns for year number two.
Calipari has turned up the heat on recruit Mitch McGary. And when Cal is on the case, I like his chances better than anyone in the game. If there is one thing that is for certain in the recruiting business, it’s that nothing is for certain! Shabazz Muhahammad is also still on the board, and I’m not sure why but I have a real good feeling Cal has the inside track on this kid.
Call it a hunch, but I’ll get back to all of you with “the straight skinny” just as soon as my Crystal Ball and Magic CarpetÃ‚Â are ready for pickup from “AchmedsÃ‚Â Scratch and DentÃ‚Â Flying Carpet Emporium.” Until then, bring on November and the Quest for national championship No. 8. I can’t wait!