Led By Kentucky, SEC Recruiting Is Rivaling The ACC For The Top Spot

The Cats have done it again, compiled the top recruiting class of 2010… So what’s new? This is almost becoming a habit for Kentucky and something the Big Blue Nation could, unfortunately, get used to in a hurry.

That strength has catapulted the SEC to a spot where they now rival the ACC as the top recruiting conference in the country.

Rivals.com provides some insight to the 2010 UK class as well as the rest of the SEC.

Behind the strength of Kentucky’s recruiting, the SEC is nipping at the heels of the ACC as the top recruiting conference in the country. Five SEC teams are ranked nationally, with Kentucky holding the No. 1 spot in the country. After the early signing period, the Wildcats had only one signee. But now that the spring signing period has passed, Kentucky has six – and four of those are five-star prospects. Enes Kanter is a great scorer and rebounder. Brandon Knight is one of the top point guards in the class. Terrence Jones is a versatile lefty who should fit right into UK’s “dribble drive” offensive scheme. And Doron Lamb is a shooting guard with size and an outstanding mid-range game.

Here are their projected leaders in each category, for the 2010-11 Season in the SEC. Check out how many Cats are projected in each category. Of the 14 categories, the Cats hold 7 spots. This includes Best perimeter scorer, Best low-post scorer, Most versatile and Best NBA Prospect…

Best perimeter scorer: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
Best low-post scorer: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Best passer: Trevor Releford, Alabama
Best shooter: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
Best rebounder: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Best shot blocker: Patric Young, Florida
Best defender: Rickey Scott, Arkansas
Most versatile: Terrence Jones, Kentucky
Best basketball IQ: Matt Derenbecker, LSU
Best pro prospect: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Best speed: Bruce Ellington, South Carolina
Best motor: Patric Young, Florida
Impact player: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
Biggest sleeper: Dundrecous Nelson, Ole Miss

If Rivals is correct, expect another SEC title, some serious scoring and another year of domination on the boards…

Here is their pick for “Best at each position”. Four of the five will reside in Lexington during the 2010-11 season and don’t be surprised if Vargas or even Harrellson gives Young a run for his money at the Center position…

PG: Brandon Knight, Kentucky
SG: Doron Lamb, Kentucky
SF: Stacey Poole, Kentucky
PF: Enes Kanter, Kentucky
(Projected Player of the Year)
C: Patric Young, Florida

If you weren’t excited about the 2010 Class before this article, you should be PUMPED right now…

Stacey Poole

Read the rest of the story here…


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