LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky basketball fans are anxious. The 2015 recruiting cycle is winding down, with only a handful of top prospects still available, and the Wildcats have so far signed just three new players after losing seven underclassmen to the NBA draft.
While coach John Calipari is still pursuing five top-10 overall recruits in this class, his chances aren’t great to land any of them – which is quite unusual for him and a bitter pill to swallow for Big Blue Nation. Jerry Meyer, national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, believes “it’s over a 50 percent chance they strike out” with all the remaining 2015 five-star players.
But that doesn’t mean Kentucky will come up empty. The Cats are in great shape to get junior-college transfer Mychal Mulder and could still add another elite prospect if current 2016 guard Jamal Murray reclassifies and heads to college this summer.
It’s worth noting that UK already has a consensus top-three class nationally, including Rivals’ new No. 1 overall prospect Skal Labissiere, and would have a roster stocked with five former five-star recruits next season even if Calipari doesn’t add a single other player.
“This past Kentucky team has really messed with the heads of Kentucky fans,” Meyer said. “It’s not normal to have 10 players that good and to play a platoon. That’s not how teams normally play, so Kentucky’s going to be OK next year. They’re still going to be one of the best teams in the country.
“This recruiting thing has become just like a greedy grab and it’s become a competition unto itself. But this is about putting a team together, and I think Kentucky’s going to be fine, regardless.”