Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA South player Devin Booker (9) dribbles the ball against Team Pan-Africa during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting: Coming Into Focus


Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team USA South player Devin Booker (9) dribbles the ball against Team Pan-Africa during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University in Washington, DC. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

 

There have been some major developments for John Calipari and Kentucky’s recruiting this week.  Despite not being able to acquire the services of five-star recruits Cliff Alexander or Rashad Vaughn, there is still hope for the Wildcats to bring in another top-ranked class for 2014.

Perhaps the biggest news comes from five-star recruit Trey Lyles.  Lyles is a 6’10 power forward and has cut his list to two schools: Kentucky and Louisville.  Lyles has already taken an official visit to Louisville and will visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.  Louisville’s Rick Pitino visited Lyles home last Thursday, while John Calipari was there last Monday.  Kentucky has been seen as the favorite for Lyles since he decommitted from Indiana last summer.

Meanwhile, there are still eight other uncommitted players from the class of 2014 whom Kentucky is still after.  James Blackmon Jr., Stanley Johnson, and Kelly Oubre will make their official visits to UK for Big Blue Madness as well.  Kentucky is seen as the frontrunner for Blackmon and Devin Booker.  UK and Kansas remain the favorites for Oubre, while UK and Arizona are the favorites for Johnson.

Jahlil Okafor made his visit to UK this month, Tyus Jones is expected to make his visit this weekend, and Myles Turner is still scheduling his trip.

Justise Winslow is the only player still being targeted by UK for the class of 2014 that has neither received an in-home visit from Calipari or scheduled a visit to UK.

These stances of the uncommitted players brings the recruiting class of 2014 into focus and helps show who UK may end up acquiring.  However, only time will tell.

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