Coach Cal, 2016-17 Class “Could Be Best Class Ever”


Andy Katz over at just put out an article where Coach John Calipari addresses  2016-2017 recruiting where he had this to say:

“This year’s recruiting class, where we’re in the middle of right now, could be one of our best ever,” Calipari said. “The kids that I’m seeing that we’re involved with that I feel really good about. This could be our best class ever. And that’s a pretty scary statement coming from who we’ve been able to recruit over the last 25 years.”

Kentucky is pursuing players ranked among the top 10 in the ESPN 100 for 2016 — 6-foot-10 Harry Giles (No. 1 in the ESPN 100) , 6-8 Josh Jackson (No. 3), 6-2 Dennis Smith Jr. (No.4), 6-3 Malik Monk (No. 5), 6-5 Kobi Simmons (No. 6) and 6-7 Miles Bridges (No. 7).

Jamal Murray Kentucky Crazies

John Calipari had this to say about Jamal Murray:

“I think he’ll come in and be able to score for us,” Calipari said. “You watch that game (against the USA), you’ve gotta put the ball in his hands We knew he was good, we had recruited him so we knew, we just weren’t sure he’d reclassify. … If you’re a smart kid and you can leave that year early, like Karl Towns and he ended up being the number one pick. He should’ve gone back to high school? When you’re of the right age and you have the academics you should do it. That’s what we didn’t know about Jamal.”

You can read more from Andy Katz at here, including what he said about Skal Labissiere and how “that other kid” was passed up by Karl Anthony-Towns last season.

You can listen to the ESPNU College Basketball Podcast with Andy Katz and Seth Greenberg by clicking on the link.

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