Editors Note: Sorry gang, but the five is not as pretty this morning. The network is having a bit of problems, and I’m not able to access the picture server so enjoy this text based version of the Morning 5. It’s the same morning 5 you are used to, just without the pretty …
At this point the Kentucky Wildcat’s 2013 class is loaded. To be honest, I can not think of an adjective as to what it can be when the Spring signing period is over. We know that Kentucky is in a very good place with Andrew Wiggins. We know that Kentucky is in a better place than most people think with Aaron Gordon. And we know that Julius Randle is still considering the Wildcats. And we now know that Kentucky has offered big man Dakari Johnson, who recently reclassified into the 2013 class.
The 6’10, 265 pound Johnson is the 13th ranked player in the loaded 2013 class and his mother, Makini Campbell, says that Kentucky, along with Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Ohio State, and Syracuse are among the leaders:
“Some schools will probably not be in the mix because of some players that signed, and also whether or not schools have availability [of scholarships]. We looked at some schools that they tend to have had verbal commitments from players that are very similar to Dakari, so now he’s kind of getting the thought, ‘Well, maybe that’s not really the school that I may want to consider.’ You know what I mean?”
Kentucky is a major player for Johnson, in part, because he spent three years at Sayre’s Middle School in Lexington, Ky., and the family lived there “for about three, four years,” Campbell said. She confirmed that Kentucky had offered her son “weeks ago.”
“Kentucky is on his list,” Campbell said. “And we’re watching them. Most of the guys who signed there are not players like Dakari.”
One of the names on the list of Kentucky’s possibilities is Aaron Gordon. Long believed to be a west coast type of guy, Gordon raised eyebrows when he had Kentucky in list of final three teams. And like Dakari Johnson, Aaron Gordon’s mother , Shelly Davis, is talking about the Wildcats:
• Kentucky. The Wildcats are the defending national champions and coach John Calipari has a reputation for developing NBA-level talent.
“It’s just a quality program with great players,” she said. “Aaron likes that because he shines brightest when the lights are on. They just seem like good people there and we would trust them with our kid.”
Future recruiting aside, Kentucky has a game tonight versus Morehead State and John Calipari does not expect an easy game:
“They’ll scramble and if the game is allowed to be physical they will turn us over a bunch, but it’s what we need,” he said Tuesday. “It’s not, how much have we worked on press attack, we’re still trying to get them to play hard. We’re trying to get them to play a full possession. We started working on situations (Monday) and that was just very average, what we did. We have to continue from this point on, working on some specialty things but we still have the basics we have to get better at.
We’re still looking at every game as a learning game,” he said. “We’re trying to get better at something new each game. We’re still trying to attack to the offensive and defensive glass a lot better. I think we are starting to define ourselves scoring in transition, wanting to post the ball and play like that.”