Could Halloween be a double "Trick or Treat" Day for Kentucky Wildcats Basketball

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As Halloween approaches, the Big Blue Nation will be on edge as John Calipari could land two big treats in his 2014 recruiting class. Or two big tricks as well. Devin Booker should announce his college decision on Thursday, and there is now growing speculation that James Blackmon may as well.

Aside from Kentucky, Michigan is also heavily recruiting this pair as well. Here is a bit on analysis from the “other Blue’s” point of view:

 

A big week is potentially brewing on the Michigan basketball recruiting front. The news, however, might not be what coach John Beilein is hoping for.

According to reports, word could soon be coming on the final destination for a pair of highly coveted prospects — Devin Booker and James Blackmon Jr.

Both have previously made official visits to Michigan, with Booker coming on Oct. 5 and Blackmon on Sept. 27.

Blackmon told Inside Indiana, a 247Sports affiliate, on Sunday that he hopes to announce his decision sometime this week. The Mishawaka, Ind., native was previously committed to the Hoosiers, but is now thought to favor Kentucky over Michigan, Indiana, Michigan State and Kansas.

Blackmon, rated in the 247Sports Composite as the No. 12 shooting guard in the Class of 2014, took an official visit to Indiana this weekend after attending Big Blue Madness, Kentucky’s annual preseason extravaganza, on Oct. 18.

Booker, meanwhile, the 10th-ranked shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite, could also announce this week. He was previously scheduled to reveal his decision on Oct. 31, but has since said that that is not a firm date.

Previously considered a heavy Kentucky lean, Booker took an official visit to Missouri on Oct. 19 and a second visit this past weekend. On Saturday, Booker joined his father, former Mizzou great Melvin Booker, at a Tigers exhibition game that included a ceremony honoring the elder Booker’s 1993-94 Elite Eight team.

Now the chase for Booker is considered a two-horse race between Kentucky and Missouri, with Michigan and Michigan State also still involved.

 

 

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Just a heads up that Halloween is not an OFFICIAL date yet for the announcements. Booker set the date on October 10th, but hinted that it was not set in stone. Halloween for Blackmon seems to speculation at this point, but if it is to be televised, Thursday will be the day.

 

The visit to Bloomington isn’t necessarily a bad sign for the Wildcats. Blackmon was committed to the Hoosiers for almost three years and said shortly after decommitting in August that he would take another trip to Indiana before making his decision.

James Blackmon Sr. told the Herald-Leader a few days ago that the family was exploring the possibility of announcing the college decision on ESPNU. Those announcements typically happen on Thursdays and he has been hinting at an announcement this week.

The visit to Bloomington isn’t necessarily a bad sign for the Wildcats. Blackmon was committed to the Hoosiers for almost three years and said shortly after decommitting in August that he would take another trip to Indiana before making his decision.

James Blackmon Sr. told the Herald-Leader a few days ago that the family was exploring the possibility of announcing the college decision on ESPNU. Those announcements typically happen on Thursdays.

 

 

Another day, another preseason top 25 basketball poll. And Dick Weiss has UK as his number one team in the country and Louisville number two.

 

1. KENTUCKY
John Calipari painted another recruiting masterpiece, signing the No. 1 class in the country again. Freshman power forward Julius Randle, twin guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison, center Dakari Johnson and small forward James Young were five of ESPN’s top 10 prospects. The six high school All-Americans Calipari signed (including Marcus Lee), along with 7-0 sophomore center Willie Cauley-Stein and sophomore forward Alex Poythress, should give the Wildcats a rotation that includes eight potential NBA first-round picks. We all know Calipari can coach. The upside is frightening, and we’ll be stunned if the Wildcats aren’t playing for the national title in March.

 

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