Practices are over, the coaches are setting their lineups, and the players are preparing themselves for opening night; college basketball is back. This college basketball season has been extremely anticipated and for good reason.
The “Blue Bloods” are all stacked compared to the last couple of seasons, and it will be even harder to distinguish the top dogs from the middle of the pack. On top of the returning talents like Marcus Smart, from Oklahoma State, and Gary Harris, from Michigan State, this season will feature one of the top recruiting classes of all time. Andrew Wiggins, the number one overall recruit, will lead Kansas; along with other top recruit Wayne Selden. Wiggins is already slotted to be taken number one overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, and has been the most hyped up recruit since LeBron James.
Duke is also loaded behind a solid core of returning players, and number three recruit Jabari Parker. Parker was the number one overall recruit before Wiggins reclassified and Randle jumped ahead of him. Parker, a very versatile player, reminds a lot of people of a young Paul Pierce.
The cream of the crop however, will be the Kentucky Wildcats. After a disappointing season that found the Wildcats losing in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament to Robert Morris and the Colonials, the Wildcats are retooled and reloaded behind, arguably, the greatest recruiting class of all time. Coach John Calipari, hauled in the number one recruit at each position this past year.
The headliner of the class is Julius Randle. Randle was voted Southeast Conference Preseason player of the year and should be a force for the Wildcats this season. Behind Randle, the Wildcats will feature the Harrison Twins, Andrew and Aaron, and James Young, a talented scorer that has drawn comparisons to James Harden.
College basketball is in the air folks. It’s finally back.