Even though he does not seem to have an offer from John Calipari, Australian basketball star Jonah Bolden still has the Wildcats in his final six teams. I’m not sure why Bolden does not have an offer yet as he seems to be the real deal, but perhaps Calipari is waiting on Montague Gill – Caeser and want to convey the message he is the number one target. Either way, UK is in the running for Bolden.
Bolden — a 6-foot-8 forward — will be a senior this season at Findlay Prep in Nevada after arriving in the United States earlier this year. His six “top colleges” are Southern Cal, Louisville, Southern Methodist, Kentucky, Indiana and UCLA.
Bolden is one of the few highly rated Class of 2014 prospects who has not committed to a school. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 24 overall player in the senior class.
247 national analyst Jerry Meyer described his game in an interview with the Herald-Leader last month. “Long, athletic, wiry — he’s kind of like Gumby or something,” Meyer said. “He’s very skilled and plays with a high motor.”
Bolden shouldn’t be considered a “backup plan” for Stanley Johnson, the five-star small forward who picked Arizona over UK last week. Recruiting analysts have told the Herald-Leader that Bolden is more of a post player at this stage in his development and is unlikely to play on the perimeter during his freshman season in college.
We are four games into the basketball season and already there are plenty of articles that are comparing and contrasting the Harrison twins. That may not be entirely fair, just due to the fact that the brothers play two different positions and the fact that the bar of success is much higher at the point guard position under Calipari. However, it may just be a matter of time before the two both “click”.
Andrew Harrison needs time. He has to master an offense designed to benefit his teammates, yet one that cannot flourish without his consistent execution. He may have the longest way to go, but UK will fall short of its expectations if he doesn’t get there.
His brother has found his niche already. As a 6-foot-6-inch shooting guard amongst seven other McDonald’s All-Americans, he has the freedom to perform without the responsibility or pressure to lead.
The twins are progressing at different paces. When their performance meets their ability, UK will become a complete team. Until then, one brother will appear like he has a better grasp of his game than the other.
And when it all clicks, their success will match up, just like their birthday.
One player that definitely has progressed according to expectations has been Julius Randle. In the early part of the season, he has outshined Andrew Wiggins.
For a burly forward to move the way Randle does prompted ESPN analyst Jay Williams to draw the most favorable comparison of all: LeBron James. As far-fetched as that seems, only a few 18-year-olds are capable of dominating the way Randle has started his collegiate career.
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo offered a different comparison after seeing Randle up close. “He’s got a little Chris Webber in him,” said Izzo, invoking the former Michigan and NBA-great forward who excelled inside and out.
“What I like is he gritted his teeth, was ornery and nasty, and he wanted to put them on his shoulders,” said Izzo.
Branden Dawson, who had the unenvious task of trying to guard Randle, told SI’s Michael Rosenberg, “I’m sore all around … He’s strong. I didn’t really think he was that strong. He is just tough.”
Dawson likely won’t be the only one smarting after banging with Randle in the post this season. It’s clear Randle has the physical gifts and basketball talent to be a top pick in next year’s draft — he ranks either No. 2 or No. 3 in recent mock drafts on NBADraft.net, CBS Sports and DraftExpress.com — and stands as one of the select few who could outshine the much ballyhooed Wiggins in 2013-14.