Upperclassmen shouldn't be overlooked 

October, 3, 2013
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When we talk about the top prospects in the country, we’re typically talking about the players with the most direct route to the NBA. But are those the same players who have the best chance of leading their teams to success at the highest levels of college basketball?

If recent history is any indication, the answer is no.

[+] EnlargeJohn Calipari, Anthony Davis
Charles Bertram/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCTThe freshman-dominated 2012 Kentucky team is an aberration when you look at the makeup of other recent national champions.
The 2012 Kentucky team is widely perceived to be the example of how you can pursue national championships with one-and-done talent. But if you look back at the past 10 years, what you find is that Kentucky team is the outlier, a perfect storm of sorts that included a loaded 2011 national recruiting class, a virtual clean sweep of the team's top recruiting targets, and a once-in-a-generation talent in Anthony Davis.