Are the Kentucky Wildcats in the lead for Emmanuel Mudiay?

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Jul 5, 2013; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees General manager Brian Cashman (right) and Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari prior to the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Perlman-The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY Sports

Despite his casual attire, John Calipari knows that July is essential for basketball recruiting. There will be three four-day periods over the next three weeks where the coaches can travel and visit recruits and the first period runs from 5PM Wednesday to 5 PM Sunday. Among the top targets will be PG Emmanuel Mudiay. Jeff Borzello from CBS tells us a bit about who Kentucky will be looking at and also aaddresses some of those “package deal” rumors that are floating around.

 

2. Who’s Kentucky watching? Right now, Calipari and the Wildcats have one commitment from the class of 2014, forward Karl Towns. But rest assured, Kentucky is just getting started. They are squarely in the mix for a host of five-star prospects, and perhaps are in the pole position for No. 3-ranked prospect Emmanuel Mudiay. Either way, Calipari simply being at a prospect’s game is newsworthy — we’ll keep an eye out.

3. Package deals: We seem to hear talk every class from a variety of prospects about how they want to play with a classmate at the next level. Most of the time, it doesn’t work out. The class of 2014 feels different. Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones, the nation’s top two players, have maintained that there’s a great chance they’ll play together in college. Fellow five-star prospect Justise Winslow has been rumored to want to join them at their destination. Is Duke going to be the big winner? Don’t forget the recent declaration of 2014 guards Isaiah Whitehead and Ja’Quan Newton that they too want to be backcourt partners in college. Can Minnesota or Syracuse close the deal in that one?

 

July 13, 2012;Alexandria, VA USA;USA Midwest forward James Young (right) drives past USA West forward Torren Jones (left) during the Nike Global Challenge at Episcopal High School. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Last year, James Young and other made quite an impact in the Nike Global Classic. And this year should not be any different as the event will be literally crawling with UK recruits.

 

The tournament is made up of four American squads and teams from Africa, France, Brazil and Canada. It will be played July 18-20 in Washington, D.C.

UK targets from the class of 2014 who will play for U.S. teams include Stanley Johnson, Emmanuel Mudiay, Cliff Alexander, Tyus Jones, Rashad Vaughn, Jahlil Okafor, Devin Booker and Angel Delgado. All of those players except for Delgado have scholarship offers from Kentucky.

Trey Lyles is the only 2014 prospect with a UK offer who was not included on one of the U.S. teams. He played for Canada last year and will likely do that again this time. Lyles played for the Canadian under-19 team at the world championships in Europe last week.

UK target Abdul Malik Abu, a class of 2014 forward, told the Herald-Leader last month that he planned to play for the African team. He was born in the United States but his parents are originally from Nigeria.

 

Feb 27, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Mississippi State 85-55. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The above story mentions Angel Delgado and the fact that he does not have an offer from UK. Delgado is something of a darkhorse for the 2014 class and you can expect him to make a huge jump in the rankings over the next year. And you have to think that the Calipari / Antigua Dominican Republiuc connection can only help UK if he makes that leap in the rankings.

 

When Angel Delgado left his home in the Dominican Republic last August, he dreamed of doing well enough to earn a college scholarship. The 6-foot-8 power forward is well on his way to doing that and much more.

At LBJ, he was easily one of the camp’s best rebounders and the No. 54 player in the class of 2014 kept playing hard when many other campers were slowing down. He’s learning the English language but knows enough to explain the two simple things he keeps in mind every time he hits the floor: “play hard and grab the rebounds.”

Since his arrival in the States, Delgado has earned scholarship offers from Virginia, Dayton, Florida State, Seton Hall, Providence and Manhattan. Louisville, Kentucky, Georgetown, Florida and Miami have sent out feelers.

Later this week, Delgado will play in the Peach Jam with the New York Lightning. After the Peach Jam, he’s going home to the Dominican Republic, where he’ll discuss with his family what his next move should be.

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