After landing the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation (again), Kentucky coach John Calipari spoke about each of his five signees.
Below are his quotes on each player.
Kentucky is still involved with three of the top 10 players in the Class of 2013 in Huntington (W.V.) Prep small forward Andrew Wiggins, Prestonwood Christian (Texas) Academy power forward Julius Randle and Archbishop Mitty (Calif.) power forward Aaron Gordon, all of whom will sign in the spring.
“I really believe we’ll sign one or two more,” Calipari said on ESPNU.
Cal on 6-5 Aaron Harrison:
“Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim,” Calipari said. “He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent.”
Cal on 6-5 Andrew Harrison:
“Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He’s a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders.”
Cal on 6-9 power forward Marcus Lee:
“Marcus Lee is a long, agile, quick-bounce, quick-twitch, 6-9 forward. He gets to the basket, he’s a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he’s going to get stronger and he’s going to improve his skill around the basket. His speed, quickness, jumping ability and length set him apart.”
Cal on 6-9 power forward Derek Willis:
“Derek is a very skilled, 6-9 big man who is learning to play through bumps, which is going to elevate his game. He’s a long-armed basketball player who can get his hands on balls and really pass. Like Marcus, he has a tremendous upside because he’s going to get stronger and be able to play more physical and really use his size and his shot-making ability to spread the court for us.”
Cal on 6-6 shooting guard James Young:
“James is a long, athletic and skilled wing. He’s a lefty who can shoot it and get in transition. You can throw it ahead to him and he can make basketball plays. He rebounds the ball for his position as well anyone in the class.”
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