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Kentucky's John Calipari calls himself 'overrated' as a recruiter after James Wiseman commits to Memphis

Kentucky's John Calipari calls himself 'overrated' as a recruiter after James Wiseman commits to Memphis
Published On: Wed, Nov 21
Apr 6, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Naismith hall of fame president John Doleva stands with 2015 inductees from left Jerry Coangelo , Dick Bevetta , John Calipari , Louis Dampier , Jo Jo White , Spencer Heywood and Dikembe Mutombo in the 2015 NCAA Men's Division I Championship game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

A little more than an hour after top prospect James Wiseman committed to Memphis over Kentucky on Tuesday, Wildcats coach John Calipari called himself "overrated" as a recruiter.

The Wildcats under Calipari have been well-known for reeling in top-shelf talent to Lexington, and currently have the No. 1 class for 2019 in the SEC (which ranks sixth nationally.) But with Wiseman off the board, it marks the second time in two recruiting cycles that UK was in the mix -- but failed to close -- on the top prospect in the 247Sports Composite rankings.

"The biggest thing is - I've said it all along - I think I'm overrated as a recruiter," Calipari said. "We've had kids that made the decision to come here and it's played out well for almost all of them. My thing is I want to be able to sleep at night. I want to make sure that I'm telling the truth. I want to make sure that I'm sticking with guys."

Calipari can fill himself up with humble pie as much as he wants ahead of Thanksgiving, but here's the truth: Calipari calling himself overrated is the equivalent of Stephen King calling himself a blogger, or LeBron James saying he's been an excellent role player in the NBA. It's factually inaccurate. Here's a look at where Kentucky and Calipari have finished in the recruiting rankings since he took the reins in Lexington in 2009.

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