Kentucky Lands Top Basketball Recruits For 2010 and 2011

April 15th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Just a week after learning of the fact that five of their stars were departing for he NBA Draft, the Kentucky Wildcat program received good news on Wednesday.  Point guard Brandon Knight, the No.4 rated recruit in the country, has committed to the Wildcats for the upcoming 2010-2011 college basketball season.

Knight made his intentions public by way of ESPNU.

“I just chose Kentucky because I felt it was a place that had great players, a great environment and a place where I can elevate my game,” Knight told the network.

Knight cited the fact that the fact that the Wildcat players jetted for the NBA, leaving vacancies on the team had a lot to do with his decision to don blue and white in college.

“Obviously this fills a huge void for [coach] John Calipari and Kentucky,” remarked Paul Biancardi, ESPN’s, who is national basketball recruiting director. “Brandon can play the point and off the ball; he’s equally adept at both. Defensively he possesses quickness and strength. In the half court, he can run the show.”

Among the schools that Knight considered committing to were Syracuse, Connecticut and Kansas.

Knight is from Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, Fla.  He was a McDonald’s All-American, and is now part one of the strongest recruiting classes to date in 2010.

In addition to Knight, head coach John Calipari has has put together a class that includes top-100 recruit center Enes Kanter of California and forward Stacey Poole of Jacksonville.

Calipari has a history of developing top-level point guards that have gone onto be top picks in the NBA draft, that include Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, and this year John Wall is expected to be the No.1 pick in 2010.

“The things that’s done with previous players … I think that’s what entices a lot of players with that situation,” Knight said of his commitment to Kentucky.

During his senior campaign, Knight put up staggering numbers, averaging 32 points per game to go along with 8.6 rebounds and four assists, leading Pine Crest to the state 3A Final, where they lost, following back-to-back seasons with state titles.

He is the school’s county leading scorer all-time, tabbing 3,515 points in his career.  his performance as a senior earned him Gatorade National Player of the Year.

Calipari has a lot of work in putting together a new recruiting class, after losing his top five players to the draft, with four of those players being freshman.

“When you get this kid and a few other kids signed with the kids we have coming back, I think we’re going to be fine,” he said.

In addition to Knight, the Wildcats got a boost for their 2011 recruiting class, with the commitment from Michael Gilchrist, the nation’s top junior recruit.

Out of New Jersey, Gilchrist chose Kentucky over Villanova, Texas and Georgia Tech.

Kentucky was a No.1 seed in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and a betting favorite on USA Online Sportsbooks, but lost in the Elite 8 against West Virginia.

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One Response to “Kentucky Lands Top Basketball Recruits For 2010 and 2011”
  1. Antwan Says:

    Calipari is at it again. He is the best recruiter in college basketball, and now that he’s at a storied program like Kentucky it doesn’t even seem fair. I just wonder with all this NBA caliber talent coming in each year, will he ever be able to keep players long enough to build the experience and chemistry needed to win a championship.

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