Kentucky’s recruiting class of 2012 is far from complete, but John Calipari likes what he has so far.
The Kentucky coach spoke publicly for the first time Thursday about the three players who signed national letters-of-intent with the Wildcats during the November signing period, which ended Wednesday.
Willie Cauley, Archie Goodwin and Alex Poythress are part of a group that could include as many as four more players.
“I’m excited about all three,” Calipari said from New York during a media teleconference Thursday. “I think all three have the potential to do special things here.”
Here are Calipari’s comments on the three signees:
Willie Cauley, center, 7-0, 215, Olathe Northwest High School, Olathe, Kan.
“You’re talking about a 7-footer that plays wide receiver and cornerback on the football team,” Calipari said. “He is going to be someone that comes on when people watch him and say, ‘This kid could really be special.’
“Great hands, great feet, a slender, long kid. The best days are ahead for him.”
Cauley is ranked 20th nationally and No. 10 among centers by Scout.com, 32nd by ESPNU Recruiting and 39th by Rivals.com. He is the first 7-footer Calipari has signed at Kentucky.
Archie Goodwin, shooting guard, 6-4, 180, Sylvan Hills High School, Little Rock, Ark.
“Archie is a combination guard who can score,” Calipari said.
He added in a statement released by Kentucky: “I love his athleticism and length. He plays kind of like Tyreke Evans, but can shoot it more consistent at this stage in his career than Tyreke could.”
Goodwin, the Gatorade Player of the Year in Arkansas last season, is ranked 12th overall and No. 2 among shooting guards by Rivals, 13th by Scout and 13th by ESPNU.
Alex Poythress, 6-7, 205, Northeast High School, Clarksville, Tenn.
“Alex is in the line of the long, lean athletes that we have,” Calipari said.
He added in the UK statement: “When Alex is at his best, because of his size and athleticism, he’s as good as anybody in the country,” Calipari said. “He is really athletic, and when he’s got his motor running, he can score at will.”
Poythress is ranked 16th overall and No. 3 among small forwards by Scout, 17th by ESPNU and 19th by Rivals. He was a finalist for Mr. Basketball in Tennessee last year, when he averaged 22.3 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 blocked shots.
The regular signing period is April 13-May 18.
Travelogue: The Wildcats did not return to Lexington after their victory over Kansas on Tuesday night in New York. Calipari instead chose to keep his team in the northeast until this weekend’s games in Uncasville, Conn.