Five-Star's Big Board: Kentucky

Verbal commitments, signings and priority targets

by Adam Zagoria and Harrison Sanford February 21, 2012 12:29pm ET
The 'Cats are getting a 'good' one in Archie Goodwin. See who else UK's targeting.

Over the course of the college season, Five-Star will be on the grind, gathering recruiting intelligence for some of the nation's premier programs -- outlining each team's current roster and program needs, commitments and signees, and top recruiting targets for the 2012, 2013 and 2014 classes.

Today, we'll peek inside Kentucky's war room and answer the following questions: What are the team's immediate and longer-term needs? Who are the Wildcats after? Which players have already decided to take their talents to Lexington? 


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The Big Board: Verbal Commitments, Signings and Priority Targets:

Position 2012 2013 2014
Guards  Archie Goodwin (signed)  Andrew Harrison      
Aaron Harrison
Darryl Hicks
Chris Thomas
Robert Hubbs
D'Angelo Russell   
Joel Berry
Wings/Forwards   Alex Poythress (signed)   
Shabazz Muhammad
Amile Jefferson
Ricardo Gathers
Savon Goodman

Julius Randle
Jabari Parker
Troy Williams
Kuran Iverson
Chris Walker
Derek Willis 


Willie Cauley (signed) 
Anthony Bennett
Nerlens Noel 

  Dakari Johnson

Current Roster and Program Needs:

Immediate Needs – 2012

  • The Wildcats could have as many as six or seven scholarships open for 2012 depending upon who leaves. Freshmen Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and sophomore Terrence Jones are all projected lottery picks, and freshman Marquis Teague and sophomore Doron Lamb could also depart. Darius Miller is a senior. As always, Kentucky will look for the best available players on the board and are involved with a number of 2012 late signees in Shabazz Muhammad, Amile Jefferson, Anthony Bennett, Ricardo Gathers and Devonta Pollard and the recently reclassified Nerlens Noel. 

Longer Term Needs – 2013

  • Kentucky doesn't figure to have as many one-and-dones in the 2012 class as it does in the 2011 -- unless Muhammad comes to Lexington. Still, they are pursuing the two best players in the class in Jabari Parker and Julius Randle, as well as small forward Troy Williams. Kentucky coach John Calipari watched Noel and Randle recently and would love to land either or both.

2014 Targets

  • Joel Berry, 6'0", PG, Orlando (Fla.) Lake Highland Prep
  • D'Angelo Russell, 6'3", SG, Montverde (Fla.) Academy
  • Dakari Johnson, 6'10'', C, Montverde (Fla.) Academy

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Harrison Sanford is a reporter for Follow him Twitter: @HarrisonSanford

Related Shabazz Muhammad John Calipari Archie Goodwin Alex Poythress Willie Cauley Anthony Bennett Amile Jefferson Savon Goodman Ricardo Gathers Andrew Harrison Aaron Harrison Nerlens Noel Kentucky Wildcats Darryl Hicks Chris Thomas Dakari Johnson DAngelo Russell Robert Hubbs Joel Berry
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