Prior to yesterday, Kentucky was already sitting with the number 1 recruiting class for major NCAA basketball programs. With the announcement of the number 1 ranked high school recruit, John Wall , that he would be heading to Lexington to play next season Kentucky won the College Parallel of the NBA draft lottery with the signing.
John Wall played his High School basketball at the Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina. Other big-time programs, Duke, Kansas, and Miami were unable to convince the highly sought after recruit that he should not follow Coach Cal to the Bluegrass State. Wall was named the equivalent of “Mr. Basketball” in North Carolina for 2009 being named the Associated Press men’s player of the year. In case you haven’t seen any videos of John Wall playing High School basketball, you can view his You Tube video at College Hoops Video.
Before John Wall signed with the Kentucky Wildcats, Coach Calipari had already signed: Point Guard Eric Bledsoe, Forward DeMarcus Cousins, and Center Daniel Orton. With the return of All-SEC Power Forward Patrick Patterson and potential return of Guard Jodi Meeks, the Wildcats have set a high bar for the 2009-10 season. The current recruiting class will likely up Kentucky to a top 5 pre-season ranking (if not the number 1 spot) and has the potential to be the best Kentucky squad since Rick Pitino’s 1996 team that won the NCAA title and landed 9 players in the NBA. John Wall is already forecast to be a 2010 NBA lottery pick and he could be joined by several members of the Kentucky front line if predictions for next season hold true. Coach Calipari will do his best to temper expectations in the Bluegrass state, but his efforts will likely fall on deaf ears as Wildcat fans are hungry to return to the forefront of collegebasketball after four years of mediocre play.