As if Kentucky wasn’t prolific enough recruiting players one at a time, John Calipari is now winning his doubles recruiting battles too.
The Wildcats head coach landed the biggest recruiting tag-team in recent memory on Thursday, when Travis High School (TX) twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison committed to UK during a [very uncomfortable and overly sensationalized] live announcement at their school. The brothers chose Kentucky over Maryland and SMU, the local school that was in the final running just for show.
The Harrison twins are the top two guards in high school basketball and together comprise the most valuable recruiting tandem in decades. Andrew Harrison, a dynamic point guard with unmatched playmaking ability, is the No. 1 point guard in the class of 2013. Aaron, a shooting guard who excels playing off-ball, is a lethal outside shooter one of the top overall scorers, regardless of position, in the class.
Andrew and Aaron Harrison are arguably the most talented twins to ever enter college basketball. Chicago-area forward Jabari Parker and bulldozing Texan Julius Randle are the top two most sought-after recruits in the country, but the Texas two-step is the best value on the recruiting market.
The twins join 4-star power forward Derek Willis as the second and third members of Coach Cal’s 2013 recruiting class, which will soon get even bigger. Kentucky recently emerged as the frontrunner to land Randle, another Texas standout, once the Prestonwood forward trimmed his list to six and eliminated Tobacco rivals Duke and North Carolina.
The Cats are also the prohibitive favorite to land Andrew Wiggins, the unanimous No. 1 player in the 2014 class and perhaps the best player in all of high school basketball regardless of class. Wiggins is weighing reclassifying into the class of 2013, a class replete with Wildcat hopefuls. James Young, Aaron Gordon, Marcus Lee, among other class of 2013 recruits, have all fielded offers from Kentucky and expressed mutual interest.
Calipari is responsible for the top recruiting class in each of the last two years. His 2011 class, headlined by Anthony Davis and Michael-Kidd Gilchrist, was the foundation of Big Blue’s 2012 national championship team. This year’s freshman crew, highlighted by Nerlens Noel, Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin, will be counted upon to restock the shelves in the absence of Kentucky’s top six players from last year’s team.
What Coach Cal has in store for the 2013 class, easily the deepest and most talented class since Calipari arrived in Lexington, however, could put to shame his recruiting exploits in 2011 and 2012.
It starts with the best recruiting tandem in college basketball history. But that’s certainly not where it ends.