Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Recruits line up for Big Blue Madness
By Eamonn Brennan
In Monday's ESPN.com chat, a worried Kentucky fan asked whether UK's dearth of 2012 commitments meant the Wildcats were set to suffer a down recruiting year in 2012. The answer: no. John Calipari recruits so unbelievably well. His past two classes were hands-down the best in the country, and his 2011 class could (on paper, at least) be one of the best of all-time. I'm hardly a recruiting expert, but it would seem Calipari deserves the benefit of the doubt -- and then some. If I'm a Kentucky fan, I'm hardly worried.
Besides, there are still a lot of talented players yet to announce their decisions, and it seems like all of them are at least considering Kentucky. Also, apparently all of them will be at Big Blue Madness.
You could field an entire 10-man basketball scrimmage with just those players, and it would look remarkably like a McDonald's All-American exhibition. Insane.
Of course, just because those players are visiting Big Blue Madness doesn't mean they'll automatically sign with Kentucky. Nothing's a given. But Midnight Madness has become a central part of most teams' recruiting pitches. Having all those players in place for that kind of event is a pretty good indicator that Kentucky fans need not be worried about life after 2011. As long as Calipari is on campus, the talent will be, too.