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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: John Calipari talks Wildcats’ 2017 class

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Cal spoke about UK’s 2017 class, which may add another player or two this week, and how it may finish out.

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The college basketball early signing periods ends this Wednesday, and it remains to be seen if the Kentucky Wildcats will add another signee before then.

So far, UK has landed four-star guard Shai Alexander, five-star forward P.J. Washington, and five-star center Nick Richards. However, there are 2-3 players UK is still in the running for that could make their decision before the early signing period ends.

During his Monday meeting with the media, John Calipari spoke briefly about UK’s 2017 class. He talked about missing on Miles Bridges in the 2016 class as he ultimately went with Michigan State, whom UK faces Tuesday night.

While it stinks losing out on talents like Bridges, Cal never worries about who he does and doesn’t get, simply because he believes it will all work out in the end.

“You don’t get everybody. That’s why I don’t go crazy over recruiting,” Cal said. “Our fans do. They want to read everything and see everything. I could care less. We’re going to get the four or five guys we need to get that want to be here, both feet in.

“They’ve got no problem – they’re not afraid of this. They’re not afraid to share. They want to come here and be coached. They watch me coach in practice. I don’t cuss and swear.

“That’s not how I coach. But, the bar is raised high. Then the question is: Can you make it through this practice? If you can’t make it through this practice – this is every day – then don’t come here. If you think that eventually you can, then it’s probably a good place to come.

“If you walk in the gym and when you see no players, and that’s where you want to be, you’re not coming here. If you walk in the gym and see a bunch of talent and say, ‘Oh, my gosh,’ and you love it, you want to be here.”

As for the rest of the signing period, Cal did allude to there possibly being one or two more additions UK makes. But even if that doesn’t happen, Cal believes UK will end up with the kind of class they need to keep competing at a high level.

“We’ve got some guys (in the early signing period), we still may sign a couple more. We may not,” Cal said. “Then if we don’t, we’ll sign a couple late, which is like we’ve done. And that will be fine.

“You get yours, I get mine. Then we eventually got to throw it up and see who’s who.”

If UK does add another pledge or two this week, there’s a limited number of options in terms of recruits planning to decide soon.

We already know five-star point guard Quade Green is making his decision on Saturday, and we expect it to be Syracuse. However, it looks like a national letter of intent may not be signed until the spring by Green, which means UK can still recruit him until he signs.

Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is likely to decide this week, though he has made no such plan public. Arizona and Kentucky are in the running for him after he canceled his Syracuse official visit, which likely puts the Orange out of the running. Villanova is also in contention.

Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt has considered signing now, though it looks like waiting until the spring is more likely. UK is in great shape for him either way.

Five-star point guard Trae Young thought about signing early, but has since said he’ll wait until the spring.

Five-star wing Kevin Knox, five-star forward Mohamed Bamba, five-star wing Hamidou Diallo, and five-star point guard Trevon Duval are waiting until the spring. I mention Duval because, in the even UK misses on Green and Young, I think he becomes a possibility.

As for UK’s current commits, Calipari isn’t talking about them until UK finishes off their 2017 class.

“I’m not going to do it until we get everybody and then I’ll go through the five or six,” Cal said.