Kentucky Slowly Building 2012 Class
College basketball fans have been witnessing a monster of a recruiter for the last couple of years in John Calipari. Since his last couple of years at Memphis and his first two at national power Kentucky, Calipari has been able to put together the nations top recruiting classes. Coming off the heels of Calipari securing potential lottery picks in Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis, the 2012 recruiting class hasn't seen the usual number of early commitments. Top 20 prospect Archie Goodwin(Little Rock, Ark.) was the Cats only pledge until Monday when they got a call from 6'10 center Willie Cauley out of Spearville, Kansas.
This commitment is a very important one for more reasons than one for Kentucky. Cauley will be welcomed on campus as he fits into the dribble drive offense due to his athleticism and the way he stays active. Although he can score with his back to the basket, that is the area he must really improve on. Where he will make a statement is his scoring off offensive rebounds and dump offs. A terrific athlete in his own right, Cauley is currently starring for his Olathe North High School football team at wide receiver where he leads the state in receiving yards with over 1100. The football has helped Cauley develop a toughness that he brings to the basketball court, and Kentucky fans hope that the tough only get tougher before they step on the floor at Rupp Arena.
Cauley's commitment means that Calipari has secured a big guy that will be on campus for a while. By the time the 6'10 center reaches the Bluegrass state he'll be ready to play college basketball, but he won't be considered a one and done prospect. This should be good news to the Kentucky fateful that a prospect will be staying around for more than a year. At the rate Calipari develops players and his track record for sending kids to the NBA it won't be long fans, it won't be long.