Calipari’s comments on the 2013 recruits

June 16, 2013 

John Calipari hasn’t spoken extensively about his No. 1 recruiting class just yet, but he did offer some insight on each recruit after they officially signed with Kentucky.

Here’s what the UK coach had to say.

On Aaron Harrison:

“Aaron is more of a scoring guard who can make shots and make plays at the rim. He can also play some point in a pinch. Like his brother, Andrew, he has the ability to physically dominate the opponent.”

On Andrew Harrison:

“Andrew comes in ready to play physically at the point-guard position. He’s a driver, slasher and playmaker with great size. He and his brother Aaron have the ability to be great on-ball defenders.”

On Dominique Hawkins:

“When I watched him play, lead his team, and play with a will to win and fight, I was totally sold. At the Sweet Sixteen, he made sure he got his teammates involved and was always happy with their success, but when it was time to take over the game — when it was winning time — everyone in the building knew they were going to play through Dominique, which they did, and they won.”

On Dakari Johnson:

“Dakari’s improvement over the last year and a half has been phenomenal. ... Dakari is a great student and a great kid. He’s won a high school championship, a world championship with Team USA, and he said he wants to win a national championship with us and an NBA championship. That statement says a lot about the type of winner he is.”

On Marcus Lee:

“He gets to the basket, he’s a terrific shot-blocker and he can rebound above the rim. Marcus has unlimited upside because he’s going to get stronger and he’s going to improve his skill around the basket.”

On Julius Randle:

“He has that will to win that the players I’ve had who have become special have all had. That motor will be important to our success next year. ... At the end of the day, he’s a true leader whose personal drive is off the charts.”

On Derek Willis:

“He’s a long-armed basketball player who can get his hands on balls and really pass. Like Marcus, he has a tremendous upside because he’s going to get stronger and be able to play more physical and really use his size and his shot-making ability to spread the court for us.”

On James Young:

“James is a long, athletic and skilled wing. He’s a lefty who can shoot it and get in transition. You can throw it ahead to him and he can make basketball plays. He rebounds the ball for his position as well anyone in the class.”

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