Wednesday is going to be one of those days. You know the kind of days I am talking about…the “I cant really get a lot done because I keep waiting for the news to break and then cut out early so I can watch the show/live blog for the final confirmation” type days. On Wednesday, Brandon Knight and Michael Gilchrist will both announce their college choices on the ESPNU Signing Day Special that begins at 4 pm. For those of you that have been living under a rock, Brandon Knight is a top 5 2010 player, who will give Calipari his 4th straight likely “one and done to the NBA” Point Guard star. Michael Gilchrist may even be more special as he is the consensus #1 player in the country for 2011 and a player that Dick “Hoops” Weiss told me a few weeks ago was “the best I have seen in that area since Kobe.” High praise indeed.
So tomorrow they make their decisions and decide their homes. If Kentucky gets both players (and all indications seem to point to the Cats ending up with both), what are they getting? A quick rundown:
If there is a player that controls the 2010 UK team’s future it is Brandon Knight. Kentucky has to have a great PG and Calipari’s system is based on having someone who can take the reigns of the DDO and make it succeed. Knight would be the next great one on the list. He is a shoot-first point guard who is actually a better passer, and when he lets his passing game develop, he can drop dimes with the best of them. He is quick, but his strength is in his basketball IQ and over the course of the last year, we have seen him hit big shot after big shot. He does have a lot to work on with his game and I think he will actually be a player that Calipari helps as much as any that have played for him recently. Unfortunately if he comes to Kentucky, he will be compared to the “once in a generation” talent of John Wall, and I hope fans give him some slack, especially early. But he is (along with Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving) the best of the best when it comes to this class and his recruitment has been priority #1 for Calipari. It will be quite a big get if he picks the Big Blue on Wednesday.
Simply put, he is the John Wall-type talent of the future. He plays a different position (more on the wing) and their games are actually a bit different. But when it comes to a special talent that has a chance to come into the college game and completely take it over in one year, Gilchrist is the guy. Scouts have told me that that Gilchrist was the best player in America this year as a Junior and that he is only getting better. He is an explosive athlete, can shoot, has great court vision and is able to score at will. There are the occasional questions about effort, but they are rare and no one has ever said he is anything but a great kid. If he commits, he will become one of the best wings to ever decide to play at Kentucky and will immediately make the 2011 class the likely overall #1. Simply put, like Wall, he is a star.
Tomorrow, Kentucky has a great chance to get both guys. We will be here to take you through every minute and live blog the festivities, for those of you who cant watch and for those of you that like a little commentary with your boring ESPNU show. Here is our schedule tomorrow. After regular posts during the day:
3 pm: Blog becomes only one post, to help ease site traffic
3:45 pm: LIVE BLOG begins
4:05 pm: Brandon Knight expected to announce
4:20 pm: Calipari expected to be on show
5:45 pm: Michael Gilchrist expected to announce
We will be here for all of it. The live blog will be on here and we recommend you get on early to beat the rush. If the site goes down, look on Twitter or Coveritlive.com to find the login link. It should be a great day around these parts tomorrow, so wear your blue to work and get ready.