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Memphis recruit: Tigers' freshman class better than Kentucky's

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

Top-40 prospect Kuran Iverson is headed to Memphis next season to play for Josh Pastner. (247 Sports)
Top-40 prospect Kuran Iverson is headed to Memphis next season to play for Josh Pastner. (247 Sports)

We've all heard about Kentucky's incoming freshman class. It's arguably the greatest recruiting class in the history of college basketball, despite the Wildcats missing out on Andrew Wiggins. John Calipari is welcoming the nation's best point guard, best shooting guard, best forward, best center, No. 3 small forward -- and another five-star center prospect for good measure.

It's the best recruiting class in the country, according to nearly everyone.

Everyone, that is, except Kuran Iverson.

Iverson is a top-40 prospect from the class of 2013 and will be attending Memphis in the fall. The Tigers are No. 3 in most recruiting class rankings, yet Iverson puts his classmates ahead of the ones in Lexington.

From SNY.tv:

“Everybody talking about Kentucky hype, but there ain't really gonna be no Kentucky hype. There's gonna be some Memphis hype.”

Do you think you guys are better than them?

“Yeah, way better,” he said. “Way better. They talented, we work hard.”

Iverson, a 6-foot-9 small forward and the cousin of Allen Iverson, has the potential to be one of the best players in the class of 2013. He had an inconsistent high school career, but he's extremely talented.

With that said -- and one has to respect his confidence, since saying Kentucky is clearly better wouldn't come off too great -- it's hard to consider Josh Pastner's incoming group better than Kentucky's class.

That's not a knock on the Tigers, though.

All six players in Memphis' class could be considered top 100 players, with Austin Nichols, Nick King, Dominic Woodson, Pookie Powell and Markel Crawford joining Iverson.

While Kentucky's class is more talented, the Wildcats also need their freshmen to contribute on a more immediate basis. Memphis is stacked on the perimeter, and even more so with the addition of Mike Dixon. Up front, rising sophomore Shaq Goodwin is likely to hold down one of the starting spots. Memphis won't need to throw three or four freshmen into the lineup from Day 1. Plus, Iverson and Powell haven't yet been cleared academically.

Memphis' incoming class is outstanding, one of the best in the country. But Kentucky has one of the best of all time.

Iverson's comments are just putting the pressure on the Wildcats -- and the Tigers -- to prove themselves.

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