November 16, 2012

Kentucky a magnet for talent

The Associated Press

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Kentucky continues to stockpile top-flight high school talent.

The Wildcats announced Thursday the signings of five recruits, including 6-foot-5 twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison, considered two of the nation's top guards. Kentucky has received letters of intent from forward Marcus Lee and guard James Young -- ranked among the top 10 at their positions by recruiting analysts -- and forward Derek Willis of Mt. Washington, Ky.

Several recruiting services say the defending national champions have the nation's top recruiting class for the fifth straight year. Kentucky's current freshmen group includes forwards Nerlens Noel and Alex Poythress, guard Archie Goodwin and center Willie Cauley-Stein.

Even with the crowded roster, Coach John Calipari indicated he's considering adding "maybe one or two more guys" by the spring.

If Calipari doesn't sign anyone else, Kentucky fans should be pleased with who they know is coming.

Starting with the Harrison brothers from Richmond, Texas.

They led Travis High to the state 5A championship game last season. Aaron averaged 18.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.6 steals as a junior, and Andrew added 12.5 points, 6.0 assists and 4.9 rebounds per game. They are Kentucky's first signees from Texas since Jeff Brassow (1989-94).

The coach also signed a couple of versatile big men to add depth to the frontcourt of Noel and Cauley-Stein -- or replace the current freshmen if they jump to the NBA.

Rivals.com rates the 6-9 Lee as the No. 5 power forward and 17th-best overall player.

 

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