At the rate John Calipari's going, it'll be news when Kentucky doesn't bring in a top-flight recruiting class. And when that happens, it'll probably be because Calipari's no longer coaching in Lexington…
For those not paying attention – or who ignore recruiting news – Calipari's debut season with the Wildcats resulted in a freshman class for the ages: four five-star recruits, including the nation's top two players, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins. Last week, he secured the top players in the class of 2010, Brandon Knight, and 2011, Michael Gilchrist.
And now, he added to his class of 2011 by convincing point guard Marquis Teague – the No. 2 overall recruit – to come to Lexington. More impressive was that Teague was seen as a lock to attend Louisville, which had recruited him hard the past two years. How many players can say no to Rick Pitino like that?
"I almost committed to Louisville twice, but that just shows what Coach Cal can do," Teague told the Louisville Courier-Journal. "It means Coach Cal is a great coach and a great man to change my mind like that."
That's the No. 1 recruit in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and the Nos. 1 and 2 recruits in two out of three years. (Also, Derrick Rose was the No. 1 overall recruit in 2007. Just sayin'.)
The familiar refrain of "you can't win a national title with freshmen" will keep surfacing, but with this kind of talent and Calipari's recent record – he's 172-17 at Memphis and Kentucky in the last five seasons – the Wildcats are always going to be in the title hunt. (How ridiculous is that record? Moreso than his recruiting hauls?)
And give Teague some credit. With Gilchrist on the wing, he's thinking bigger.
"I think we can do some great things at Kentucky, have a nice dynasty," he told the Lexington Herald-Leader.
It's possible. Kentucky's already three years into the recruiting dynasty.
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