As of now, Karl Towns Jr is the only 2014 commitment but there is no need to worry. The roster will be filled and Towns will have tons of talented teammates. One of those that would fit in the frontcourt nicely with him would be Chicago big man Cliff Alexander. Alexander has been on John Calipari’s radar for a while and he saws that he could see him self playing with Karl Towns jr and discussed his recruitment a bit.
He said UK and Michigan State — two schools long thought to be well-positioned with Alexander — were not included on his list because he has visited both campuses unofficially and wants to see new places. He said it’s not a sign of any decreased interest in either team and that he has no favorites at this point.
“Coach (John Calipari) has been recruiting since last year when they first offered me,” Alexander said. “I love him. He’s a great guy.”
Alexander said Calipari talks or texts him about three times a week “and tells me he wants to coach me.”
Alexander said he feels like a big priority for the Wildcats and thinks a frontcourt of him and five-star center Karl Towns, who has already committed, would work well.
Five star Chicago guard Charles Matthews is one of just two guards to have an offer in the 2015 class and he already is feeling the love of the Big Blue Nation. Matthews discussed his offer recently.
“I was very blessed and very humbled,” he said at the LeBron James Skills Academy. “It’s a very big school, a very good tradition, and Coach Cal does a lot of good things with his guards. I was very happy, but I’m thankful for each and every offer I receive. It means the coach at the school wants me and that I’ll be able to go to school for free.”
Matthews, a 6-foot-6 combo guard ranked as the nation’s No. 13 rising junior by Scout.com, said the Wildcats joined Arizona, Illinois, DePaul, SMU, Wisconsin, Marquette, Miami, Kansas, North Carolina State, Missouri, Ohio State and Michigan State among his offers.
Matthews joins five-star guard Malik Newman of Mississippi as the only backcourt players to have Kentucky offers in the 2015 class.
“That really means a lot to us. Kentucky usually doesn’t offer people so early also,” he said. “It meant a lot to me. I’m thankful for the offer.”
Matthews said Calipari, upon making the offer, delivered the regular message he gives to recruits: that Kentucky isn’t for everybody.
The coach told him “it’s really more than just playing basketball if you come to Kentucky” – a program whose players are under scrutiny and where competition for playing time can be fierce.
Is it too early to discuss the 2014 NBA Draft? Never. Draft watching has become a sport of its own in the Bluegrass and next year looks to be quite lively. NBADraft.net makes a living of mocking drafts and next years looks to be quite interesting. Part of the fun is that we have no clue of the draft order, but the possibilities are always fun to ponder.
The 2014 mock draft has Andrew Wiggins going number one overall to my Orlando Magic, and a total of five Wildcats being picked.
- Look for Julius Randle to join Eric Bledsoe and Archie Goodwin in Phoenix with the 4th pick.
- Willie Cauley-Stein is projected to join Anthony Davis and Darius Miller in New Orleans with the 5th pick. I’m still salty that Nerlens did not stick there.
- James Young will join Brandon Knight in Detroit at #7
- Andrew Harrison will join Nerlens in Philly at #11
- And we don’t know where Boogie will be, but Alex Poythress will go to Sacramento at #36 to join PPatt and Chuck Hayes.