No shirt, no shoes…problem?
In Captain Obvious’ most recent news update, John Calipari and the University of Kentucky Wildcats made the final list of seven schools that Kasey Hill will consider. This should surprise absolutely no one, but Hill has made it official that these are the only schools he plans to focus on as his recruitment move forward.
Kasey is a 6’1″ Floridian PG from the class of 2013. The rankings from site to site differ on him at the moment, but let’s be clear – he is a stud and probably the best point guard of his class. Coach Cal has made him a focus, along with his state-mate Chris Walker. These guys would be an amazing duo. Kasey is looking at style of play first and foremost, but he also mentions a history and winning tradition has qualities he’d like to be see in his final choice. Nowadays, that’s the go to answer for nearly every high profile recruit…and there’s no better place to make all those dreams come true than Lexington, KY.
Check this site out for the exclusive re: Kasey’s narrowing to seven schools. Here’s what he said to say on each:
Florida: “I always have great conversations with Coach (Billy) Donovan. He has also been in the NBA at the point guard position, so he could be someone I could really learn under.”
Florida State: “I have a great relationship with Stan Jones. We talk about a lot of stuff outside of basketball. We have fun and have bonded really well.”
South Florida: “I love the new facilities at USF. I actually visited down there recently. I also have to say I trust their staff the most because of Stan Heath. I played AAU with his son and we have known each other since about the 6th grade. He has always helped me with pure-life stuff.
Missouri: “I have a really nice relationship with Tim Fuller. He seems really laid back like me, so that helps a lot too.”
NC State: “I have talked to the NC State coaches a couple of times, and I like how a point guard can come in and take the ball and produce. They also like to get after it on both end of the court, so that’s a plus.”
Louisville: “Rick Pitino has always told me great things about the campus at Louisville. He likes to keep the ball in a point guard’s hands, too. I also know his son, Richard Pitino, from when he was at Florida, so that helps.”
Kentucky: “Coach (John) Calipari is a great coach. He is known for putting point guards in the NBA. He lets his players play and showcase their talents.”
As far as competition for his services, I think the obvious answer is Hill’s homestate team in Florida. I do find it laughable that Kasey mentions Billy D’s NBA playing days as a factor…Donovan was waived after the preseason the year he was drafted, and then was eventually signed by Pitino with the Knicks where he averaged 2.4 pts over 44 games. Not an illustrious career if you ask me. As far becoming an NBA point guard, Kasey is better off letting Cal be the mentor.
Kasey says Pitino likes to put the ball in the PG’s hands…yeah, that’s after sitting on the bench for a season like Siva did. Hill also mentioned Tim Fuller at Missouri. We’ve heard the horror tales and rumors with Fuller while at UofL and Rodney Purvis, but this may be a different story. Outside of Florida, the real darkhouse may be USF. You’ll notice Kasey talks glowingly of them and Heath. Not to worry…if Calipari really wants Kasey Hill, he will not pass up the chance to be the next great Coach Cal PG.