Recruit and return: Kentucky

Who the Wildcats lose, who they add and what it means for next season

Updated: March 20, 2013, 3:51 PM ET
By Mike LaPlante | ESPN RecruitingNation

This is not the way Kentucky saw its season ending. Less than a year removed from winning the national championship, the Wildcats failed to make the NCAA tournament and then dropped their opening game of the NIT on Tuesday night to end a disappointing campaign.

The good news? Help is on the way in the form of arguably the best recruiting class ever.

RecruitingNation looks at what the Wildcats are losing, what kind of recruiting class they're bringing in and what it means for their hopes of making it back to the Big Dance next season.

Editor's note: This story has been updated based on No. 3 recruit Julius Randle committing to Kentucky on Wednesday.

Quick references:
Kentucky's 2012-13 roster
Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class


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