Indiana’s class was signed and delivered long before the spring signing period, but the events of the first day of the period could have an effect on both the ranking of the class and the Hoosiers’ team ranking in the preseason.
Kentucky got the nation’s No. 2 player in 6-foot- 11 center Nerlens Noel but did not get a commitment from target Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s No. 1 player who elected to join No. 3 prospect Kyle Anderson at UCLA. UCLA’s class could pass Indiana’s — which was ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com heading into Wednesday — and Kentucky’s could as well. However by missing out on Muhammad, the Wildcats are less likely to follow up their national championship campaign with a preseason No. 1 ranking.
Though the Wildcats starting five was made up entirely of freshmen and sophomores, it’s possible that all five will leave early for the NBA with senior sixth man Darius Miller also joining them. Kentucky still has a strong class with Noel, No. 8 Alex Poythress, No. 14 Archie Goodwin and No. 40 Willie Cauley. However, it certainly doesn’t have the star power of the Wildcats’ 2011 freshman class, and with the Hoosiers’ returning the top five scorers from their Sweet 16 squad and adding four top 150 players, Indiana may hold its spot as preseason No. 1.
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