Like Robert DeNiro’s character in “Meet the Parents” to Ben Stiller, the Kentucky Wildcat basketball staff has a message for 2013′s Kuran Iverson: We are watching you. The 6’8 Iverson is the cousin of AI and is ranked as the 25th best player in the 2013 class and the 3rd best SF. Iverson has said earlier in the year that Kentucky was one of his favorites, but UK had not shown that much interest then. Now Kentucky has reached out to Iverson, letting him know that he was on their radar at the Nike Global Event. Adam Zagoria expounds a bit on the recruitment of Iverson:
His recruitment remains in flux but Iverson said “Florida called me a lot and Oklahoma State and Indiana called. Syracuse and UConn are on the list.”
Iverson said Kentucky texted him once, and Harrington said North Carolina and Missouri have also reached out.
As for Indiana, Iverson said, “I’ll take a visit but I don’t know too much about Indiana.”
Hopefully Tom Crean will show Kuran the trophy case for their Sweet 16 appearance when he is up there. It will give him a point of reference when he views Kentucky’s trophies. Iverson has been on something of a rollercoaster ride in the rankings. At one point, he was a top 10 target and then dropped to about the 50-75 range and with the last couple of class rankings is working his way back up.
Top prospect in the 2013 class Jabari Parker injured his heel and will be undergoing a MRI. As a result, Parker may miss out on most of the July evaluation period and he could lose his #1 ranking to Julius Randle. It’s god to hear that Parker is not really concerned with his class ranking according to his father, Sonny:
“He doesn’t have anything to prove,” Sonny said. “He’s the hunted; he’s not the hunter. His school season and health are more important.
“Right now, he’s not caught up in the rankings. He’s so concerned about winning that state championship for a fourth year. That’s more important than the ranking stuff. People are putting it out there because they want something to talk about.”
Parker recently released a top ten list which included Kentucky.
Doron Lamb and Darius Miller made their Summer League debuts last night. Here is a rundown on how all the former Wildcats did:
- Daniel Orton: 0 points, 4 rebounds
- Terrence Jones: 17 points, 8 rebounds
- Eric Bledsoe: 11 points, 5 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assists
- Doron Lamb: 20 points, 4 rebounds
- Darius Miller: 11 points, 3 rebounds