I wrote a blog about a year ago that compared the Arziona Wildcats to the Kentucky Wildcats when it comes to recruiting. The Arizona Wildcats staff has once again made the comparison very relevent when they landed Aaron Gordon last week. The west coast version of the Wildcats are THE team to beat when it comes to landing a recruit on the west coast, just like the Kentucky Wildcats are the team to beat out east.
The Kentucky Wildcats have had the #1 recruiting class in 2011, #2 in 2012, and #1 in 2013. The issue with the Kentucky Wildcats is that the recruiting classes have been leaving school after one season for the NBA. Not a bad problem to have, but it showed this past season when the team failed to make the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile ,the Arizona Wildcats have now landed the #5 recruiting class for the 2013 season, they also had the #3 recruiting class in 2012, and the #7 recruiting class in 2011. Those recruiting classes have put the Wildcats in great shape heading into the 2013 season. The Arizona Wildcats will be putting 3 top 10 ESPN 100 recruits out on the floor next season, while the Kentucky Wildcats will be playing 4 ESPN top 10 recruits. The Arizona Wildcats will play 3 more top 25 recruits next season, while the Kentucky Wildcats will be playing 5 top 25 recruits. Obviously, the edge goes to Kentucky on these numbers, but the difference is not that far apart. Both teams have NBA sized front lines, and great perimeter players. These teams will be special to watch in the 2013-14 season.
The reason that I bring this up is because these teams are not that far apart on paper. The teams are talented, and while Kentucky may be a consensus #1 going into next season they had better watch out for the talent of the other Wildcats. The matchup on paper looks amazing, and could be one for the ages if those 2 teams would meet at some point next year. Here’s to hoping that we get to see it.