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Could this be the start of Kentucky’s greatest recruiting class ever?

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Generally speaking, when a program brings in a pair of players as talented as twins Aaron and Andrew Harrison, their recruiting class is all but set.

Yes, some holes will get filled in and there will likely be a couple of other names that end up on the roster, but at the end of the day, those two top five talents are usually end up being the meat of the class.

Not Kentucky.

Not under John Calipari.

And while we’ve seen him put together some incredible classes in his three years in Lexington — last year’s crop of newbies included three of the top six players nationally and a fourth that was in the top 25 and his first class included DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall  and two other five-star players — they pale in comparison to the kind of class that Coach Cal has the chance to put together for 2013.

Of the top seven players in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN, the five that remain uncommitted are Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, James Young, Aaron Gordon and Noah Vonleh. (The other two are the Harrisons.) Kentucky is involved with all five, and probably the favorite, at this point, for at least two of the them.

And that doesn’t include Andrew Wiggins, the best high school player in the country who is expected by most to reclassify to 2013 from 2014, or Marcus Lee, a top 30 recruit who has whittled his choices down to Cal and UK.

Is it possible that we could be heading for a 2013-2014 season where Kentucky’s starting lineup is completely made up of players who were ranked in the top ten nationally?

As for the Terps, missing out on the Harrisons is a major disappointment, but they still have some promising recruits to chase.

Rysheed Jordan (Philly) and Roddy Peters (Suitland, MD) are both four-star point guards that the Terps are currently pursuing, while forwards Cameron Blakely and Junior Etou and shooting guard RJ Curington are involved with Turgeon’s team. Maryland already has a commitment from Damonte Dodd.

It’s back to the drawing board for Turgeon, but on some level he had to have known: he wasn’t getting the Harrison twins out of Calipari’s grip.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

 

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.