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Could UK have nine pros next season?

Updated: March 22, 2013, 5:36 PM ET
By Chad Ford

On Wednesday, ESPN recruiting guru Dave Telep called Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class the greatest ever. Better even than Michigan's "Fab Five" in 1991.

Telep is the expert in recruiting classes, not me. I'm interested in NBA draft classes, and here's the question I've been asking NBA scouts: "Is Kentucky poised to have the greatest draft class of any school in the history of the NBA draft next June?"

I believe it is.

Julius Randle's announcement on Wednesday that he was committing to Kentucky gave the Wildcats the Nos. 3, 5, 6, 7, 11 and 18 players in the ESPN 100. Randle, a power forward, is joined by point guard Andrew Harrison, shooting guard Aaron Harrison, small forward James Young, center Dakari Johnson and power forward Marcus Lee.

If Kentucky somehow lands Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 player on ESPN's 100, it won't even be close.

It's interesting what a difference a day or two makes.

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