By Tom Pennington/Getty ImagesAs the season draws to a close, the buzz is already starting to build around Kentucky basketball.
The Wildcats are in position to get to their first Final Four in 20 years, and they are getting a big boost from the arrival of Kevin Durant.
But the Wildcats are also hoping to attract some of the most skilled talent in the country, and this recruiting class is just the beginning.
A big reason for the excitement around the Wildcats is their depth.
Kentucky has six players listed as eligible players on the NBA’s official roster.
Four of those players are ranked inside the top 25, and two of them are in the top 20.
While that’s not the most impressive list, it is the kind of depth that could make all the difference in this year’s recruiting class.
Kentucky also has a strong recruiting class from the NBA, and it’s only going to get stronger from here.
The 2016 class has four players listed above the first overall ranking, and five of those are ranked in the 10-plus range.
The next few weeks will be crucial for Kentucky, as the Wildcats will be in a position to make some big changes at their position.
Kentucky can add several players who are projected as potential NBA draft picks, including 6-foot-11 forward Isaiah Briscoe, who could be the best prospect of this class, and 6-8 forward Jabari Parker, who is projected as a potential top-three pick.
Kentuckians will also be looking to add some experience at the point guard position, with 6-7 guard Tyus Jones and 6 (6)-6 forward Tyler Ulis.
The latter two are the top-rated players in the class, but the former two will need to prove that they can play at the next level, as they both averaged less than 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds per game in college.
If all goes according to plan, the Wildcats could be looking at a top-five class in the 2019 class, which could bring in a lot of big names.
If the Wildcats do end up adding more players in this class than projected, it could open up the door for Kentucky to go after some big names from the 2017 class.