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Kuran Iverson calls Memphis’ recruiting class ‘way better’ than Kentucky’s

Jeff Eisenberg
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Kuran Iverson (Rivals.com)

Incoming Memphis freshman Kuran Iverson doesn't seem to buy the talk that Kentucky's recruiting class could be the best since Michigan's Fab Five.

In fact, the 6-foot-9 cousin of Allen Iverson isn't convinced the Wildcats' star-studded class will be the best group of freshmen next season.

“Everybody talking about Kentucky hype, but there ain’t really gonna be no Kentucky hype," Iverson told told SNY.tv on Sunday. "There’s gonna be some Memphis hype.”

Asked if that meant he thought Memphis' class would turn out to be the better of the two, Iverson didn't back down, telling SNY.tv, "Yeah, way better. Way better. They talented, we work hard."

It's unlikely any class in the nation is going to be "way better" than Kentucky's considering the Wildcats would have boasted the top-ranked player at every position had Andrew Wiggins not chosen Kansas. Even without Wiggins, Kentucky still has a decorated eight-man class headlined by forward Julius Randle, guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison and center Dakari Johnson, all top 10 recruits in the Rivals 150.

In Iverson's defense, the follow-up question posed to him left him little choice but to stand up for his future teammates, even if he could have been more humble in his response. Plus, Memphis' 2013 recruiting haul is good – really good – even if it's not quite as loaded as Kentucky's.

Austin Nichols was one of the most coveted power forwards in the nation, the versatile Iverson can guard multiple positions and RaShawn Powell, Markel Crawford, Nick King and Dominic Woodson are each also top 100 recruits. It's a talented enough class to rank third behind only Kentucky and Kansas in most recruiting rankings.

Of course, recruiting rankings are often proven wrong, so Iverson and his future Memphis teammates will have their chance next season and over the course of their careers.

It wouldn't be the first time a member of the Iverson family has made a dubious prediction come true. Remember Allen Iverson's infamously boasting he could take Michael Jordan in his prime and then actually pulling it off in a game his rookie season with the Philadelphia 76ers?

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