Is Kentucky star Michael Kidd Gilchrist the Next Scottie Pippen?

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During the McDonald’s All-American Game, ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Williams called Kentucky recruit and MAA co-MVP Michael Gilchrist the “next Scottie Pippen.”  With his versatility and ability to get after it on the defensive end, that comparison is actually not too far-fetched.

(This is a Paul M. Banks/David Kay collaboration.)

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Future Kentucky Wildcat Kyle Wiltjer wins Prep 3-PT Competition

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The Kentucky Wildcats are back on the biggest stage of college basketball. Saturday night, they’ll go for their first national title since 1998 when they take on UConn in the Final Four.

And their future might be even brighter than the present, as they lead the way with four recruits in the McDonald’s All-American Game on Wednesday. Duke has three, and a few other schools have two.

One of the jewels in that top-rated recruiting class is 6-10 forward Kyle Wiltjer; who made his name known nationally Monday night at the Jam Fest.

By Paul M. Banks

Photo Credit, Mike Richman, Oregon Live.com

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#2 Kentucky Wildcats: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

The Kentucky Wildcats tip-off their 2011-2012 season tonight against Marist.  All eyes will be on the top recruiting class in the country which features four McDonald’s All-Americans, three of whom were named to the Naismith Award Watch List.  With that type of talent and a few key returning players from last year, John Calipari will have the Big Blue back in the national title picture.

Check out the ultimate Kentucky Wildcats cheerleader photo gallery.

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