Kentucky fans might have been disappointed — or worse — after losing out to Texas for Mohamed Bamba.
According to the Big Lead’s Ryan Phillips, the Wildcats had some company in whiffing on the nation’s top products.
Using 247 Sports.com’s data base, Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina all missed out on top-4 recruits this season.
It’s not like SEC hoop fans will miss out on the nation’s best prospects. Top recruit Michael Porter is headed to Missouri. No. 3-ranked recruit Collin Sexton will join Alabama. Bomba chose the Longhorns on Thursday.
It brings up a question to ponder. Considering most of the top recruits in college basketball typically are spending only one season before declaring for the NBA Draft, doesn’t it make sense for them to play at a smaller program where they can dominate during their typically brief college careers?
Kentucky fans might be bitter than Bamba eschewed the Wildcats for the Longhorns. But they’ll have others to make up for his loss with No. 9 recruit Hamidou Diallo, No. 10 Kevin Knox and No. 11 Jarred Vanderbilt coming into the program. The Wildcats also attracted five of the top recruits among the top 23 2017 freshmen and seven of the top 28 players.
So it didn’t exactly work out too bad for them.