UK targets in Arizona: Update #1
Posted by ibleedblue040 on May 10, 2008
— I am sorry to report this but Michael Avery is not having a great tournament through two games in Arizona. Avery, the kid out of the 2012 class that committed to the Cats last week, has only 2 points and 1 rebound total through 2 games in which his team is 1-1. Avery did not register anything in the first game, a 10 point win, and followed that up with 2 points and a board in a 24 point blowout loss to the D-One Sports AAU team.
— John Wall (above), a UK target, plays for the D-One Sports team and finished with 12 points and 11 assists against Avery’s Belmont Shores team. Wall has firmly established himself as the #1 point guard in the nation and according to Jerry Meyer he is knocking on the door of the #1 overall player in the 2009 class. Meyer said of Wall “…the speedster is also staking a claim as the top overall player in the country. With a tight handle, blazing speed, top level court vision and uncanny body control around the rim…”. Wall lists UK, NC State, Oklahoma State, and Memphis as teams recruiting him among others.
— Another UK target that is playing well in the Arizona Cactus Classic (We’ll call it the ACC for now) is Michael Avery’s teammate Darius Morris (above), a player that has been in contact with Kentucky heavily over the past few weeks. Morris scored 20 points against the D-One Sports AAU club after having 14 points and 6 rebounds in his first game of the tournament. If he continues his hot play he could get some more national attention and UK will have to compete with a few more teams for his services.
— Anthony Wroten Jr. (above), one of the top 5 freshmen (2011) in the country, is a flat out beast. UK is not recruiting this guy but they should get right on it. Wroten is out of Seattle, Washington and a scoring machine who can score in bunches, he is already 6’3″ 175 lbs. and is a left handed kid. In three games out in Arizona he has scored 15 points, 17 points, and 18 points respectively. He does everything on the court, he can shoot from three and can finish around the rim, he is long and athletic so he is a very good defender and athlete, and he is a very good passer for a kid who projects to be a small forward. If you did not know he was only a freshman in high school you would assume this kid was a junior or senior because of his ability and his confidence on the court. The only knock on Wroten’s game is that he does not give 100% effort all of the time and that can be fixed by any good coach. He has already been offered by Washington and lists Washington, Tennessee, Louisville, Memphis, and North Carolina among others in his top schools on Rivals.com
Here are a couple videos of Wroten in action during this past high school season (He wears #22):