Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class is very solid, and will be a top 2 class depending on the decisions of Tyus Jones, and Jahlil Okafor; because whoever gets that package deal will likely be #1. Kentucky is still going all in Mater Dei forward, and top 5 player Stanley Johnson, but as of now it looks to be a long shot to get Johnson to the east coast. Let me remind everybody that I said a “long shot” and not impossible. I think if Kentucky can get him to decide in the Spring then we have a good shot at him.
If we don’t land Johnson as our wing for the 2014 class where do we turn? Maybe a JUCO, or a 5th year transfer like Julius Mays, but another option could be rising senior Jonah Bolden who plays at Findley Prep in Nevada. Bolden is a 4 star PF according to scout.com, but can also play a lot on the wing similar to Stanley Johnson.
Bolden is 6-8, and weighs 190 pounds so he needs to bulk up, but he is a very good athlete and has been climbing the boards ever since this summers AAU circuit. As of now he has offers from a lot of schools around the country including Arizona, Louisville, Auburn, LSU, Michigan, SMU, Oregon State, and UCLA. So as you can tell he hasn’t cut his list to many schools, and there is still time for Kentucky to get involved in his recruitment.
Jerry Meyer of 247sports told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader that Bolden “could absolutely play at Kentucky or anywhere in the country.” Also added that he has ranked way too low, and he could be a 5 star before the final rankings come out.
I don’t know what Calipari will do, but we have a very solid class, and he just doesn’t give out scholarships to anybody. Just another option we could look at if the staff thinks we will miss on Johnson. For those wondering I don’t see Kentucky getting involved again with SG Rashad Vaughn. Something is very weird about that recruitment.