By Phil Baker
ESPN 680 Reporter
Many fan bases would be still be on cloud nine after winning a national championship last week… but let’s face it; Big Blue Nation is a different beast. A little over a week removed from cutting down the nets in New Orleans, the Kentucky faithful are already glued to their TV sets, social media sites and radios to see where next of the nation’s best will play next season.
Most of the 2012 class have already announced where they plan to play next year but the nation’s No. 1-and-2 ranked seniors have yet to say where they will take their talents to.
Nerlens Noel is apparently Anthony Davis 2.0; the 6-foot-10 shot blocker from Massachusetts has Georgetown, Kentucky and Syracuse on his list. When watching him at the Nike Summit over the weekend I was impressed with some moves that looked effortless and although he is still raw, he would help Kentucky out a ton in the paint next season. Nerlens and his awesome flattop could be found in New Orleans during the Final Four and apparently some UK fans offered their wives should Noel decide to play in Lexington next year. No word if that has swayed his decision.
You also have a high scoring small-forward in Shabazz Muhammad from Sin City, and will pick between Duke, Kentucky, and UCLA. Earlier in the year Muhammad was the number one player in the 2012 class but after Noel reclassified, Muhammad moved down one spot.
Another stud from the class is 6-foot-8 Anthony Bennett who is the 7th ranked player in the ESPN U 100 class for 2012, who is also considering Kentucky on his remaining teams.
Just another recruiting year for John Calipari who has had some of the top classes since his arrival in the Bluegrass State. The Wildcats already have the No. 13, 15, and 40th ranked players slated to be on their roster next season in Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley, by adding the three players listed above, that would be yet another amazing class for Coach Cal and #BBN.
UK is expected to lose the majority of their championship team, most mock drafts have all five underclassmen (Davis, MKG, Lamb, Jones, and Teague) projected to be drafted in the first round with senior Darius Miller going early second round.
Never thought the recruiting machine would get this big, but when you see a group of underclassmen win a championship, you tend to take notice. Kentucky fans will still rock their Gr8tness tees but they are already preparing for the 2013 championship ‘Cloud 9’ shirts.
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