Probably the biggest question I get asked if we should be worried about the 2014 recruiting class. For seemingly an eternity, Karl Towns Jr has been the only name on the board for 2014 and some Wildcats fans are a bit nervous about the lack of activity. And you really should not be. As long as John Calipari is coach at UK, there is no need to worry about Kentucky basketball recruiting.
Jerry Meyer, the Director of Basketball Scouting for 24/7 Sports, has a running feature called the Crystal Ball. It’s a running thread of basketball recruiting predictions and in looking at it, Meyer has five players slated to join Towns at UK. Let’s take a brief look at them:
- PG Emmanuel Mudiay – #3 Rivals, #3 24/7
- PF Trey Lyles – #5 Rivals, #12 24/7
- SG Rashad Vaughn – #7 Rivals, #13 Rivals
- SF Stanley Johnson – #7 24/7, #8 Rivals – 24/7 has him listed as top SG while Rivals has him a SF
- PF Angel Delgado – #54 Rivals, #64 24/7 – Expect Delgado to rise rapidly in rankings
Pair these guys with C Towns (#9 Rivals) and you have a top ten player at every position. In other words, don’t worry about recruiting with Cal in charge.
John Calipari was on the recruiting trail this weekend and was in Orlando. He was taking a look at 2016 recruit De’Aaron Fox.
The 6-foot-3 athletic lefty combo guard out of Katy, Texas is ranked 13th in the Class of 2016 by ESPN, and has a knack for scoring at a blinding pace as he showed earlier in the high school season when he dropped 52 points.
Fox has drawn national attention, and has received offers from Baylor, Texas, Kansas State, Texas Tech, and SMU. But he has impressed the best of them, with Kentucky Coach John Calipari coming to watch him play most recently in the 17U Gold Super Showcase in Orlando this past week.
Anthony Davis is currently in Las Vegas taking part in the USA Basketball Showcase, but Davis is also taking a bigger role in helping to define a new model for AAU basketball. AAU hoops has always had a shady undercurrent to it, but Davis is one of the players that are helping to improve its image and redefining the AAU-NBA relationship.
Prowling the sidelines were superstars Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony, along with Ty Lawson, Anthony Davis and the newly drafted Victor Oladipo. Former NBA players such as Kenny Smith were getting involved too, all guest-coaching for different teams.
Sounds pretty good, right? So what’s the deal? It’s called The 8, and a lot of it is Chris Paul’s doing; his CP3 organization hosted the event, a sanctioned AAU affair that included eight prominent programs from around the country. Each team playing in The 8 had a connection to the NBAer guest-coaching the club: either the NBA star used to play for the program, such as Anthony Davis with Chicago-based Meanstreets, or the program was specifically formed by the player, such as Chris Paul’s CP3 All-Stars out of North Carolina.
The best part about the proceedings was this: Since it was a sanctioned AAU event, every NBA star involved had to be certified to sit on the bench. That meant taking and passing a coaching test. Pretty great.