The Kentucky Wildcats are one of the best teams when it comes to the recruiting trail. The last four years, they have had some pretty great classes, but they haven’t been able to capitalize on those great players.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello put together a list of the five most underachieving teams in college basketball and the Wildcats topped the list. He said that the Wildcats have underachieved when it comes to what they should have done with their recruiting classes.
Borzello wrote: “Two Final Four appearances, a title-game loss and a 38-0 start to a season — and that’s underachieving? One has to remember, this is all relative to recruiting class rankings. In the past four years, Kentucky has had three No. 2-ranked recruiting classes and the No. 1 class (in 2013). However, the Wildcats missed the NCAA tournament once in that span and then received a No. 8 seed the following year. Injuries have played a factor (Nerlens Noel in 2013), but there’s also been underperforming among the elite recruits. What the last two seasons have shown, though, is that John Calipari is getting more and more accustomed to mixing freshmen and veterans. NCAA tournament absences likely won’t be on the docket moving forward.”
Calipari has helped the Wildcats compete just about every year since joining the team in 2008. The team’s next two recruiting classes are pretty impressive, so let’s hope they can take advantage of them over the next two years.
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