Coach Cal’s top 5 recruits



By Nick Jones | @Kernel_Nick

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Aaron and Andrew Harrison are two extraordinary talents on the basketball court, but how do they measure up against the likes of John Wall and Anthony Davis? Cats fans have become accustomed to reeling in the best of the best of each high school senior class.

1. John Wall

John Wall steals the top spot on this list. The No. 1 player in the 2009 class stepped on campus and immediately took college basketball by storm. Wall brought something to UK’s program that will never be matched by any other recruit in the Calipari era. He brought a confidence and swagger back to UK basketball that had been missing for nearly a decade. Wall’s on-the-court skill and athleticism combined with his beaming confidence set the standard for years to come for John Calipari’s program.

2. Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis comes in  close second behind Wall. The No. 1 player in the 2011 class came as a surprise to many as he was unknown for much of his high school career. After an incredible growth spurt during his final two years in high school, Davis accomplished one of the most prestigious years in the history of basketball. The 6-foot-10 big man received just about every possible award on the college level and hung UK’s eighth National Championship in the rafters of Rupp Arena. He then went on to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and win a gold medal with Team USA in the Summer Olympic Games.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

The third player on this list is Anthony Davis’ teammate, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. The New Jersey native came into Coach Calipari’s program and immediately took on a championship mentality. Calipari consistently described Kidd-Gilchrist as the hardest working member of the 2011-12 team. He implemented what the team called the “Breakfast Club,” which has carried over to the 2012-13 team. He was the emotional leader and the heart and soul of a championship team.

4. Andrew Harrison and 5. Aaron Harrison

The newest players to commit to UK, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, are twins. Together they round out the top five recruits during the Calipari era. Individually they are the top-rated players at their respective positions. Each standing at 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds, Andrew and Aaron have NBA ready bodies at just 17 years old. There may be other individuals that warrant the chance to have their names placed in the top five recruits in the Calipari era, but there is no denying that together the Harrison twins provide a uniqueness that will be unmatched for years to come. The duo is arguably the most prolific package deal in the history of college basketball and they have yet to set foot on UK’s campus.