The 2015 Class in Kentucky

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    The 2015 Class in Kentucky

    Looking at the list of kids who have signed already in the 2015 class.

    I cannot remember a better class of basketball players in Kentucky from top to bottom. Lots of D1, D2 and NAIA kids getting their college paid for and lots of D3 kids playing at the next level.

    My question is this: Can you name a better overall class than 2015? If so, what year(s) and who were the top players that year?
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    2015 has been a tremendous year for recruits from KY

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    I wouldn't say "a better class" but 2008 was pretty good.

    Scotty Hopson - Tennessee --- NBA
    Darius Miller - Kentucky --- NBA
    Shalvin Mack - Butler --- NBA
    Jordan Smart - Vandy
    Taylor Stewart - Air Force
    Tyshawn Edmondon - St. John's
    Lots more but that's some I remember and I know that signed.

    But again I don't know if I would say better.

    Congrats to all the kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HoopDreamsCoachQ View Post
    Looking at the list of kids who have signed already in the 2015 class.

    I cannot remember a better class of basketball players in Kentucky from top to bottom. Lots of D1, D2 and NAIA kids getting their college paid for and lots of D3 kids playing at the next level.

    My question is this: Can you name a better overall class than 2015? If so, what year(s) and who were the top players that year?
    Before I started doing this, but I believe 2011 was one of the better years recently and had like 20 kids end up with D1 offers? Could be wrong on that number though

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    2010 class was pretty good:

    Ricardo Johnson- Ohio U
    Elijah Pittman- Marshall
    Josh Sewell- Miami (OH)
    Ge'Lawn Guyn- Cincinnati
    Dakotah Euton- Kent State (Originally committed to UK, obviously didn't pan out)
    Chad Jackson- James Madison to NKU
    Aaron Watts- I believe chose Morehead for baseball over Marshall for hoops??
    Elijah Justice- Louisville
    Curtis Washington- Cal
    Jarrod Polson- UK
    Colt Barnhill- Air Force
    Donovan Gibbs- IUPUI
    Vance Hall- Wright State
    Faulkner twin- Radford

    2011 class was really good too:

    Anthony Hickey- Oklahoma St to LSU
    CHris Freeman- Austin Peay
    George Fant- WKU
    Vinny Zollo- Cleveland St
    Jordan Shanklin- IUPUI
    Lyonel Gaines- IUPUI
    Remy Abel- Indiana to Xavier
    Donovan Kater- Manhattan
    Jordan Percell- Morehead
    Timmy Knipp- EKU
    Kam Woods- Butler
    Ryan Taylor- Marshall
    Treg Setty- So Illinois(??)
    Marcellus Barksdale- IUPUI
    Devante Parker- Louisville (football..I believe had some hoop offers as well?)

    Those were the first two classes that I really followed and covered as far as recruiting goes.

    Really wish the Travelers and EYBL were in KY back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach4 View Post
    I wouldn't say "a better class" but 2008 was pretty good.

    Scotty Hopson - Tennessee --- NBA
    Darius Miller - Kentucky --- NBA
    Shalvin Mack - Butler --- NBA
    Jordan Smart - Vandy
    Taylor Stewart - Air Force
    Tyshawn Edmondon - St. John's
    Lots more but that's some I remember and I know that signed.

    But again I don't know if I would say better.

    Congrats to all the kids.
    Bud Mackey was the best player in the class but never made it to college (signed with Indiana) either but they say he is looking to make a comeback soon. Charlie givens says that Bud Mackey has never been better and will be released soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coach4 View Post
    I wouldn't say "a better class" but 2008 was pretty good.

    Scotty Hopson - Tennessee --- NBA
    Darius Miller - Kentucky --- NBA
    Shalvin Mack - Butler --- NBA
    Jordan Smart - Vandy
    Taylor Stewart - Air Force
    Tyshawn Edmondon - St. John's
    Lots more but that's some I remember and I know that signed.

    But again I don't know if I would say better.

    Congrats to all the kids.
    That class also had:

    Arrez Henderson- Louisiana Tech
    Nic Simpson- North Carolina A&T
    Adam Delph- UK
    Aaron Morris- IUPUI
    Clark Stepp- Austin Peay

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    Pretty sure the Bud Mackey ship has sailed. He was special to watch. Just couldn't keep his head on straight. Certainly was given enough opportunities. How old is he now?

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    I like this class, particularly the fact that it has some quality size, but (and I'm about to show my age) I think consideration should be given to the class of 1974, which included:

    Jack "Goose" Givens (Lexington Bryan Station/UK/NBA)
    James Lee (Lexington Henry Clay/UK)
    Kenny Higgs (Owensboro/LSU/NBA)
    Robert Miller (Louisville Central/Cincinnati/NBA (six seasons))
    Rick Wilson (Louisville Atherton/Louisville/NBA)
    Bob Lindsay (Louisville Ballard/Florida)

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    2001 always comes to me as the top year:
    Brandon Bender - Louisville
    Carlos Hurt - Louisville
    Larry O'Bannon - Louisville
    Patrick Sparks - WKU/UK
    Josh Carrier - UK
    Adam Chiles - UK
    Ronnie Dawn - Marshall
    Michael Haney - EKU

    I don't remember who all else from that class went D1, but I remember those 8 all being big time high school players.
    Unfortunately things didn't pan out all that well for a lot of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walter View Post
    That class also had:

    Arrez Henderson- Louisiana Tech
    Nic Simpson- North Carolina A&T
    Adam Delph- UK
    Aaron Morris- IUPUI
    Clark Stepp- Austin Peay
    Also had Josh Terry who played juco then went on to have a great 2 years at Austin Peay

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    2001 Coric Riggs - UL / Weber State

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    That 2011 class was really good. Especially at the D1 level. George Fant probably scored 1500 points for WKU. Hickey started all 4 years at two different power conference schools(LSU&OK St). Kam Woods led the Big East in rebounding two straight years. Remy Abell starts for Xavier and has 2 years remaining. Chane Behanan led U of L to a title. 2008 had 3 kids(Hopson,Miller,&Mack) who have played games in the NBA.

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    Forgot to mention Tyler Brown (Illinois St) was in that 2008 class too. He played in the D-League. He also led KY to the last win against the Indiana All-Stars at the Lville Gardens if my memory is correct. Brock Moorman(Owensboro class of 08) played for North Carolina A&T. I believe a kid from Ft. Thomas Highlands also went to A&T.

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    That very solid 2001 class also had Brian Thornton(Lville Manual;Vandy/Xavier),Lamar Owen(Owensboro;Southern Illinois),Dewalt(Bowling Green;EKU),& Wardlowe(Bowling Green;Southern University). There was a kid from Barren County,I believe,who played on the KY All Star team then played D1 on the west coast.

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