The future: SEC

21 Jul

Can the four-headed monster of recruits keep Kentucky at the top of the game in 2011-2012?

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Once again, some of the nation’s top players are coming to the Southeastern Conference thanks to John Calipari. For the third straight year, the Wildcats have one of the nation’s most impressive collection of rookies coming to Lexington. The rest of the league is trying to keep up but UK seems to have a strong hold on impact rookies. Here’s a look at who to watch this season.


1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky – About as rare of a player we’ve seen in the college game since Kevin Durant. Scary thing is, Davis has yet to even tip the iceberg towards the type of player he can become. His freshman year is the biggest year in his short lived superstar career.
2. Brad Beal, Florida – Pair him with Kenny Boynton, Erving Walker and Mike Rosario and the Gators have one of the elite backcourts in the country. Beal is a real deal scorer with a prototypical NBA frame.
3. Mike Gilchrist, Kentucky – Hands down the hardest playing player in the country. He is the more skilled version of Ron Artest, minus the crazy, too. That’s a good thing.
4. Marquis Teague, Kentucky – The fastest guard in the class. Pairs athleticism with toughness very well. Typical speed for a Calipari point guard.
5. BJ Young, Arkansas – The glue that ties it all together. The Razorbacks have a fine freshman class. He’ll be the guy that makes it all work. Terrific prospect.
6. Kentavious Caldwell, Georgia – Important recruit for Mark Fox. He’s the best in-state player to commit to the Dawgs since the Lou Williams and Mike Mercer pledge. Caldwell is a laid back kid from a very small town. Can he handle the pressure?
7. Dai-Jon Parker, Vanderbilt – A terrific scorer. He can really shoot it from the perimeter. Parker will be brought along at the right pace. Great long-term prospect for the Dores.
8. Johnny O’Bryant, LSU – Mr. Hustle. O’Bryant thrives on energy plays. He also thinks he’s going to be one-and-done. Not sure I can buy into that.
9. Ky Madden, Arkansas – The baby Hogs will have a chance to shine right away with Mike Anderson in town. You know he’s dying to throw the athletes on the floor and let ‘em go. Madden may have the most talent of all the incoming guys.
10. Kyle Wiltjer, Kentucky – Not a bad fourth option for the Wildcats but then again, not sure where he fits in for the first two years in Lexington.


1. Kentucky
2. Arkansas
3. Alabama
4. Mississippi State
5. Florida
6. Vanderbilt
7. Georgia
8. LSU
9. Tennessee
10. South Carolina
11. Ole Miss
12. Auburn


Brad Beal to Florida – Billy Donovan stole the super scoring guard from the middle of America. Beal strongly considered Kansas but stayed true to his pledge to the SEC school. There are some that make the argument that Beal is a better long term player than Duke-bound Austin Rivers. I’ve gone down that train of thought and find the theory to have great weight. Beal would have been the foundation guard at KU. At Florida, he has a lot of competition. Credit Donovan and Florida for pulling that one off.


Kyle Wiltjer, PF, Kentucky – I know, I know. He’s talented. He’s skilled. He’s a top 50 guy. I get all of that. But Wiltjer simply picked the wrong school. Everyone that covers the game knows it. Wiltjer is a below average athlete with slow feet and little end to end speed. Calipari loves to play fast. Moreover, Wiltjer is a JR/SR producer in the current roster for the Wildcats. There is nothing wrong with that. Perhaps the level of expectations are too high for the big man from Portland. Fans shouldn’t expect much right away. He’s a high post passer and screen setter before his role is expanded as an upperclassman.


Jarvis Summers, PG, Ole Miss – When it comes sleepers emerging, it all comes down to opportunity. There is an opportunity to be had in Oxford. The Rebels need some backcourt help right away because Jelan Kendrick won’t be able to play until the semester break and the team is trying to replace Chris Warren and a host of outbound guards. I’ve had several SEC coaches tell me Summers could be one of the top sleepers in the league this season.

Brenton Williams, PG, South Carolina – Speaking of the “all about an opportunity theory”, the Gamecocks are looking for backcourt help after Bruce Ellington left the team and decided to chase his football future. Williams, a junior college transfer with three years to play, will have a bigger role right away. He’s neither a big scorer or an assist machine. But a need is there. Can Williams fill it?

Dwight Miller, PF, Tennessee – His career has been an interesting one. The native of the Bahamas was a star in July at the first ever Reebok U camp, was offered by Pittsburgh, went to the school and redshirted, barely played as a freshman, left for Midland (Texas) College and shined there. lists him as the No. 10 ranked JC player entering college. The Vols need help inside. He could be that guy.



One Response to “The future: SEC”


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