Nothing to worry about in Lexington
September, 22, 2011
By Mike LaPlante
It had been unusually quiet on Kentucky's recruiting front as the Wildcats, which have had three straight No. 1 classes, had not received any commitments for the 2012 class. As elite players started to come off the board it was natural to wonder when coach John Calipari was going to start landing his share of the top prospects. Had Calipari lost his touch? Were recruits shying away from a loaded Kentucky roster that realistically features six or seven future NBA draft picks? Archie Goodwin's (Little Rock, Ark./Sylvan Hills) commitment to Kentucky on Wednesday answers both those questions with a resounding "no." Upon even closer inspection Kentucky is heavily involved with almost all of the remaining available players rated in the top 25 and should again be in the running for the nation's top-rated class if the Wildcats are able to close like they have done in the past. Needless to say the Kentucky faithful have nothing to worry about (not that they ever did). A reasonable factor in the quiet before the storm may have been the fact that Calipari had been out of the country coaching the Dominican Republic National Team at the FIBA Americas Championship for Men/Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Mar del Plata, Argentina form Aug. 30 to Sept. 11. Now that the entire Kentucky staff is back in the States look for things to continue to get interesting on the recruiting front.