NEW YORK — John Calipari has yet to coach a single game at the University of Kentucky and already the expectations are sky high.
After leaving Memphis in April, Calipari landed a recruiting class that many college basketball experts consider among the best ever assembled.
Four of the top 23 players in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2009 are coming to Bluegrass country — including the No. 1-ranked player, point guard John Wall, and the No. 2, forward DeMarcus Cousins.
And while shooting guard Jodie Meeks left for the NBA, big man Patrick Patterson returned to campus.
Is it any wonder that Kentucky is ranked among the Top 5 in many preseason polls — as high as No. 2 in Jeff Goodman’s Fox poll — and is being touted as a challenger for the 2010 NCAA championship?
“Final Four contenders,” Cousins told me in April. “We’ll beat Duke and North Carolina.”