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College Basketball News: John Calipari Talks New Kentucky Signees

After getting Willie Cauley, Alex Poythress, and Archie Goodwin in the fold during the 2012 early signing period, John Calipari finally spoke briefly on each of his newest Wildcats.

Calipari has enjoyed the top recruiting class in each of his first three years on the job at Kentucky, and with this class, he’s shooting for another. Many scouting services have Calipari’s class ranked second in the nation behind Sean Miller’s Arizona Wildcats, but the commitment of Shabazz Muhammad or Amile Jefferson in the late signing period in the spring would push Kentucky to the top of that list.

Willie Cauley

“At 7-feet tall, Willie has great feet and great hands. He’s a wide receiver on the football team. When he starts zeroing in on this sport, I think people are going to be surprised at how good he really is. He’s got his best basketball ahead of him.”

Alex Poythress

“When Alex is at his best, because of his size and athleticism, he’s as good as anybody in the country. He is really athletic, and when he’s got his motor running, he can score at will.”

Archie Goodwin

“Archie is a combo guard who can really score the ball. I love his athleticism and length. He plays kind of like Tyreke Evans, but can shoot it more consistent at this stage in his career than Tyreke could.”

Many had believed that Kentucky was behind in the 2012 class, and with no elite level point guard available in the 2012 class, Calipari and the recruiting noise had been pretty silent. But don’t overlook this group, they can be very special. Add them to transfer Ryan Harrow who played point guard at NC State and the possibility of Shabazz Muhammad, the 2012 class could be very, very special.


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