Jason King of ESPN.com listed down the programs that he felt will have a major bounce back in the upcoming season, and the Wildcats “is expected to make as big of a leap in 2013-14″. Among those he listed were: 10. Arizona State/Boise State, 9. Connecticut, 8. Oklahoma State, 7. Harvard, 6. LSU, 5. Iowa, 4. Tennessee, 3. SMU, and 2. St. John’s.
[colored_box color="blue"]1. Kentucky: John Calipari has been regarded for years now as the top recruiter in college basketball. But he might have outdone himself this time, as Kentucky welcomes what may be the greatest signing class in college basketball history. The haul includes five players (Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson and James Young) ranked among the nation’s top-10 prospects by ESPN.com. The question is whether the young Wildcats will jell and, if so, how quickly. Calipari is the best in the country at coaching players who only plan to spend a year or two in college. Kentucky, which also returns potential lottery picks Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein, will likely open the season as the No. 1-ranked team in America. That’s a lot of pressure for any squad, especially one with so much youth. Last year’s Wildcats crumbled under the spotlight. Kentucky’s latest batch of freshmen, though, are rumored to be much tougher, both on the court and between the ears. We’ll find out soon enough.