It’s just seems like John Calipari is visiting every eligible basketball player this open period
All during the open recruiting period, John Calipari has been on a recruiting tear of historic proportions, racking up the frequent flyer miles with impunity to the airlines limits and talking to seemingly every recruit from the 2013 and 2014 class. Except that we really have not heard too much of Aaron Gordon’s name and thought that Gordon was not an option for the 2013 class. Gordon is the #5 player in the class and the second best SF and is just now coming into play for John Calipari and the Wildcats. It appears that Gordon will be making an official visit to Lexington on October 27th. Tim Kennedy, Gordon’s HS coach has this to say about the Wildcats:
“He’s pretty serious about them. they’ve already done their home visit and he’s impressed with Kentucky,” Kennedy said. “He always wants a challenge to go against the top competition around so they’re always going to be in the mix.”
Gordon just had an official visit to Oregon this past weekend and will head to Washington this weekend. Visits to Kansas (10/11) and Arizona (10/18) are scheduled. Gordon looks to be a spring decision.
Now that September is almost over, basketball coaches can spend two hours a week of practice with their team and details are starting to come out and the early buzz is that Archie Goodwin looks really, really, good so far and we may be seeing a much improved Jarrod Polson. Eric Lindsey has more:
Goodwin is fearless. I said it in the previous practice report, but I’m going to say it again: He is going to make more SportsCenter highlights than any other player on this team because of his ability to rise up and finish over defenders. When he decides he wants to finish at the rim, it’s like he’s rocketing off the floor. On one play he elevated right over Noel, just narrowly missing a vicious dunk. The more I watch him with his skill level and mindset, the more I think he could be this team’s leading scorer.
I’m going to have a feature on the improvement of Jarrod Polson later this week, but a quick word on how far he’s come: With a drill-deciding possession on the line, Poythress guarding him and Noel waiting near the basket, Polson drove past Poythress and banked in a lefty layup for the game-winner. Calipari was impressed, but he also told Noel he’s got to come over and block that shot. “Nerlens, they’re saying you’re the best shot blocker in the country so block some shots,” Calipari said. Noel would respond with several rejections later in practice.
Remember this guy? Apparently, Torian Graham is still in a limbo over his eligibility with the NCAA and it seems to have taken on a type of “Catch-22“:
“I’m partially cleared,” he said. “The NCAA is basically saying [if] I can get accepted into a school, then it will clear faster.”
Graham expects the big offers to come rolling in again once he is eligible, and Kentucky has had varying levels of interest so far. Kentucky does have an open scholarship, no no idea if the interest is still there.