With the July recruiting period just around the corner, coach John Calipari has some catching up to do if he wants to continue his string of number one ranked recruiting classes. ESPN’s Dave Telep recently noted, “Understand this, we aren't pushing the panic button, but … the facts are this: Kentucky has three straight No. 1-ranked recruiting classes, which is absurdly successful. However, coach John Calipari enters this summer without a single commitment in the 2012 class. If he's to make it four straight No. 1's, he'd better hurry because the clock is ticking.
Calipari doesn’t seem to worried, and neither do Kentucky fans. When one glances down a list of the top talent of 2012, the list of uncommitted 5-star recruits listing the Wildcats as a potential suitor is substantial. Players like Shabazz Muhammed, Brandon Ashley, Andre Drummond, Rodney Purvis, Robert Carter and Perry Ellis all have the Wildcats as a consideration.
One of the more prominent names gathering attention is Dajuan Coleman. Coleman is a 6-foot-9, 280-pound center, Scout.com’s 3rd overall post. Coleman recently played in the King of Kings summer league in Utica and will play before a house full of college coaches at several prominent summer camps and tournaments this summer.
Coleman is one of the strongest pure centers in all of high school basketball. He finishes well in the paint and had never been shy about contact. He has great hands, a soft touch around the basket and can finish on the break.
Coleman has eight schools on his list including Syracuse and he plans to make four or five official visits during the fall. He's been linked him to other Big East schoolsGeorgetown, West Virginia, UConn and Louisville as well as perennial powers North Carolina and Kentucky.
While Syracuse would have to be considered the frontrunner, no one is counting Calipari out with Coleman, who has made it clear with his recent quotes that he feels no pressure to make a college decision.