SEC recruiting class grades

Kentucky, LSU, Florida and Arkansas earn high marks for 2013 recruiting

Updated: June 4, 2013, 3:56 PM ET
By Dave Telep | ESPN.com

With the final 2013 class rankings set and the late signing period over, here's a team-by-team breakdown of the 2013 basketball recruiting classes in the SEC, complete with final grades for all 14 teams. Class grades for the Big Ten (June 5), Big East (June 6), Big 12 (June 7), Pac-12 (June 10), ACC (June 11) and non-BCS best of the rest (June 11) will be coming in subsequent days.

Note: Teams are as of conference alignment for the 2012-13 season and not future conference realignment.

Kentucky

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You can debate all day long the merits of Kentucky's 2013 class versus Michigan's famed Fab Five from 1991, but this sure looks like the best recruiting class ever assembled -- on paper, at least. Three of the eight recruits are the No. 1 player at their position -- power forward Julius Randle, point guard Andrew Harrison and shooting guard Aaron Harrison. Dakari Johnson is the No. 2 center and James Young the No. 3 small forward, giving the Wildcats five of the top 10 recruits in the nation. Add in Marcus Lee, the No. 9 power forward and No. 25 overall prospect, and UK has a record six McDonald's All Americans in this class. Three-star power forward Derek Willis and three-star point guard Dominique Hawkins round out the eight-man haul. This class is littered with potential one-and-done players. The challenge facing John Calipari is simple: take an embarrassing collection of talent and ask each player to take fewer shots for the sake of winning a national championship. This will be the most watched collection of freshmen since 1991-92.


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