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Kentucky Coach John Calipari officially welcomed four signees to the basketball program on Wednesday. As expected, the four players who signed with UK were Michael Gilchrist, Marquis Teague, Anthony Davis and Kyle Wiltjer.
“These are not just terrific basketball players, but they’re terrific students and terrific people as well,” Calipari said in a news release. “Most importantly, they all have an unbelievable attitude about winning; they all wanted to play together knowing they’re going to have to sacrifice a little bit of their game for their teammates. With this group, it adds to what we already have within our program. These are four of the best, which is what we want to recruit here.”
Davis, a 6-10 forward from Chicago, averaged 30 points and 12 rebounds as a junior.
Cal on Davis: “Anthony Davis has always loved Kentucky. He’s 6-10, but he plays like a guard. He has unbelievable skills, passing and shooting and gives us an extraordinary shot-blocking presence.”
Gilchrist, a 6-7 forward from Somerdale, N.J., averaged 16.4 points and 11.5 rebounds as a junior. ESPN Recruiting, Rivals.com and Scout.com all rank Gilchrist the No. 1 small forward in the country.
Cal on Gilchrist: “When you look up the definition of ‘warrior’ in the dictionary, there is a picture of Michael there. No one plays harder or is more competitive. He has a tremendous burning desire to win, that will drive practice and elevate everyone within the program.”
Teague, a 6-2 guard from Indianapolis, averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists as a junior. ESPN Recruiting and Scout.com rank him the top point guard in the country and the sixth best overall.
Cal on Teague: “Marquis is not just quick, but quick with the ball. He also has an unbelievably fierce desire to win. He played on the U17 team with Michael (Gilchrist) and when they stepped into the game together, games changed.”
Wiltjer, a 6-9 forward from Portland, Ore., has led Jesuit High School to back-to-back Oregon 6A state championships. He averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds as a junior.
Cal on Wiltjer: “Kyle gives us the size that we need because the bigger and longer we are, the better we are. He’s a young man that knew who we were getting here and he said, ‘I want to play with the best. I want to be coached in a way that elevates my game. I’m not afraid of the challenge because I’m going to work hard.’ “