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Doron Lamb set to become the next piece of 2010 class


by Paul Jordan

These player announcements are turning into the worst kept secrets. Ever. Dime Magazine is reporting that Doron Lamb will announce his commitment to attend Kentucky during tonight’s Jordan Brand Classic. The announce of Lamb however, assuming it happens, is something of a surprise as Lamb has one of the longest and oddest recruitments of the year, with Kentucky, Kansas, and Arizona all taking turns at the favorite, according to the rumors.

As recently as a couple of weeks ago, Doron was still considered to be very much up in the air and some thought Kansas may have the upper hand with Bill Self making a 30 minutes a game of playing time guarantee. It appears that the main thing that may be driving Lamb’s decision is the fact that Lamb realizes that John Calipari gets guards to the NBA. He even told Adam Zagoria as much the other day:

“[Kentucky coach John Calipari] is good with guards, he’s a guard coach. He knows what to do with them. He gets them in the league [the NBA] fast so we would want to go there.”

I really don’t know how much longer you can classify Calipari as a point guard coach however. This year, he is expected to send three big men to the NBA, two of them freshman. It appears that Calipari is equally adept at sending any position player to the NBA, something that some other players in the NBA Classic should take notice of.

I am referring of course to uncommitted player C.J. Leslie and Terrence Jones. he latest buzz has North Carolina State with the lead for Leslie’s services this far and it is starting to look like Terence Jones has a good chance of becoming a Wildcat. Jones will announce (along with Terrence Ross) on either April 23 or April 30, while C.J. Leslie is expected to make a decision next week. PG Josh Selby will also announce during the Jordan game, but since he is expected to commit to Kansas, we won’t waste a lot of space on him. (If he does shock the world and choose Kentucky, I will make it up to him).

Should Lamb do the expected and commit to Kentucky, he will join a stacked recruiting class that has the rivals rated #1 player Brandon Knight, as well as #27 Stacey Poole. Enes Kanter has not been rated yet, but he should be around #15 and Lamb is currently rated #21. For those counting, that is four players in the top 27 and keep in mind #13 Terrence Jones and #14 Leslie have Kentucky on their lists. As it stands now, Memphis has the number one recruiting class with the #8, #11, #12, #47, and #66 with two three star players. You would think that if Kentucky can land Lamb and either Leslie or Jones, they could assume the number one spot with five players in the top 27 and as opposed to Memphis’s five in the top 66. As it stands now, landing Lamb should make Kentucky the consensus number two recruiting class.

In yet another bit of recruiting news, 2011 PG Marquis Teague will make his college destination known on April 22.

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