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Wildcat recruits on TV

Posted by ibleedblue040 on February 12, 2010

Starting at 9PM ET on ESPNU, UK recruits Michael Gilchrist (#1 in 2011) and Doron Lamb (#23 in 2010) will be dueling off when Oak Hill Academy meets St. Patrick’s tonight. These are two of the top programs in the nation and it will show the talents of some of the premiere players in the nation.

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Tobias Harris visits UK campus

Posted by ibleedblue040 on August 5, 2009

One of the top rising players this summer has been SF/PF Tobias Harris. Harris shot up the rankings with his summer AAU performances after beginning this summer over 15 pounds lighter than the previous year. Harris is a mismatch nightmare for opponents and manhandled junior phenom Michael Gilchrist on national TV two weeks ago.

Harris is on campus today and will stay overnight until at least thursday with his father as they check out the Kentucky campus. It has long been said that Syracuse and UCONN lead for his services but teams like UK, Tennessee, and Georgia Tech are making tremendous efforts as well.

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July 2011 Recruiting Preview

Posted by ibleedblue040 on July 10, 2009

With already a couple major summer events concluded it is time to look at the top juniors-to-be from across the nation that have interest in Kentucky.

G/F Michael Gilchrist 
Gilchrist is widely considered the best player in the nation regardless of class and age. Although he is stil 15 years of age, Gilchrist has one of the most developed and mature games in the high school ranks.

He can dominate on both ends of the floor and gives great effort at all times, two things rarely seen from kids before college.

Gilchrist won the Best Prospect award at the NBA Players Camp and was one of the most impressive players at the King City Classic in Akron, Ohio.

Many people feel that Gilchrist is a lock for Kentucky but that has been denied by Gilchrist and his family. It does appear, however, that Kentucky along with Villanova has a definite advantage for the consensus #1 player in the 2011 class.

 

PG Marquis Teague
Fresh off a stellar performance at the King City Classic, Marquis Teague has firmly established himself as the #1 point guard in the nation, topping Austin Rivers and Tony Wroten Jr.

Teague, once thought to be a Louisville lock, has added Kentucky to his list after news broke that he recently got a scholarship offer from the Cats.

Teague is similar to his older brother Jeff, a first-round pick of the Atlanta Hawks, in that he is loaded with athleticism and can get to the rim at will.

 

 

F/C Johnny O’Bryant

O’Bryant has claimed a spot amongst the top post players in the nation with his finishing ability and freakish athleticism. O’Bryant is in the mold of a shorter Amar’e Stoudemire because he has not yet developed a consistent jump shot, similar to Stoudemire at the same stage , and can dunk on anyone at any time.

O’Bryant has stated that Kentucky is among his top five schools along with teams like Memphis and Mississippi State.


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Calipari Hitting Recruiting Trail

Posted by ibleedblue040 on April 26, 2009

 

 

Calipari trying to land studs

Calipari trying to land studs

When John Calipari was introduced as the new University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach on April 1, many thought he would have an immediate impact on the recruiting trail, and they were right. 

Calipari has already met with over half a dozen 5-star recruits in person and over 10 either in person or on the phone.

John Wall, the top player in the 2009 class, has already met with Calipari twice within the last two weeks, as has Harrison Barnes. 5-star juniors Will Barton, Joe Jackson, Adreian Payne, Dominique Ferguson, and Brandon Knight have also received in-person visits.

Calipari is known for going after the best-of-the-best type recruits and he has shown that in the three weeks that he has been head coach of Kentucky. Already 2009 All-American John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, and Darnell Dodson have added UK to their lists or committed to UK under Calipari. Over five top 20 players in the 2010 class have added UK to their school lists since Cal got hired, and the #1 player in the 2011 class, Michael Gilchrist, has listed UK as his top school.

Calipari talked about changing the culture of UK basketball at his inaugural press conference, and he has done an amazing job so far. He appears headed to lock up a top 3 recruiting class this year, and the #1 class if John Wall chooses Kentucky. In three weeks he has signed a 5-star player and a 4-star player, as well as keeping the commitments of 5-star center Daniel Orton and 4-star small forward Jon Hood.

Calipari is well on his way to legendary status, all he has to do is keep hitting the recruiting trail.

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