Anthony Davis’ family didn’t sue the Chicago Sun-Times this week, but it still made news when Davis became the third Top 10 recruit from the class of 2011 to commit to Kentucky.
Yes, the third Top 10 recruit. He joins Michael Gilchrist (rated No. 1) and Marquis Teague (No. 5) to give Wildcats coach John Calipari another – in all likelihood – top-rated class. Three classes, three recruiting hauls?
That’s unprecedented. And a little nuts.
Will it be more newsworthy when Calipari doesn’t reel in the top class? And will the 2011 class (with three Top 10 prospects) rank among the best recruiting hauls ever?
At least three national writers say no. Not because there’s a lack of top-level talent, but because there’s no true game-breaker among the group. As Mike DeCourcy says, there’s no Greg Oden like Ohio State’s 2006 group and no Chris Webber like 1991 Michigan.
Maybe that’s all true. Can’t say guys like DeCourcy, Gary Parrish or Jeff Goodman don’t know what they’re doing. They’ve been watching hoops for years and have been watching these 2011 guys all summer.
But is there a chance Gilchrist, Teague or Davis becomes a true elite talent? I wouldn’t rule it out. Then arguing about the greatest recruiting class of all time will be even more nebulous (and fun!).
UPDATE: The guys over at Rush the Court did an excellent comparison with Duke’s 1997-99 classes.