|Could top-10 prospect James Young be the next Kentucky commitment in the class of 2013? (Nike)|
The recruitment of Andrew and Aaron Harrison has occupied the primary interest of Maryland for most of the past two years, while the twins have also been the top targets for Kentucky.
With the star guards announcing for Kentucky on Thursday afternoon, it's time for both teams to continue to charge ahead on the recruiting trail. Maryland needs to find a way to bounce back, while Kentucky still has work to do.
Let's start with Maryland, which couldn't have worked any harder for the Harrison twins. Coach Mark Turgeon made them a priority when he was at Texas A&M, and that didn't change when he moved to College Park. After striking out with those two, where does he turn?
Roddy Peters is a top-50 prospect in the class of 2013, and he goes to nearby Suitland (Md.). He has held the Terrapins at or near the top of his list for a long time, and now there is a chance he would get immediate playing time if he goes to Maryland. Kansas has turned up the heat lately. He recently visited Rutgers, and Xavier and Georgetown are heavily involved. With that said, Maryland could be the leader.
6-foot-4 point guard Rysheed Jordan is another target for Maryland at the point guard position. UCLA, St. John's and others are also involved, but the Terrapins have been in the mix for a while.
As for Kentucky, the Harrison twins could be the start of another No. 1 recruiting class for John Calipari. The commitments immediately moved the Wildcats to the top spot in the current rankings, as it's tough to top having the No. 2 and No. 4 prospects in the fold. They also have a pledge from three-star forward Derek Willis right now.
They're also nowhere close to finished. No. 7-ranked prospect James Young has had Kentucky as his favorite for months, and could be a future Wildcat commitment. As of now, though, he is still planning to visit Michigan State, while Kansas and Syracuse are also in consideration.
Julius Randle took an official visit to Kentucky last month, and recently trimmed his list to six – Kentucky was on it. Moreover, the Wildcats could be the favorite for the No. 5-ranked player in the class. Florida and Texas are also near the top for Randle.
Marcus Lee, a four-star big man in our rankings, is down to California and Kentucky. (Yes, Cal and Cal.) The Golden Bears could be have the edge by a nose at this point, but it's not over yet.
The X-factor in this class could be Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1-ranked player in 2014. He is clearly the best player in the country, regardless of class, and signs point to him likely reclassifying into 2013. Should he do that, Kentucky immediately becomes his favorite – along with Florida State.
Should Calipari land two of those three players, could it be the best recruiting class in history?