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Lonnie Walker changes mind, will visit Kentucky

Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker was scheduled to take his official visit to the University of Kentucky this coming weekend, but he recently canceled those plans for undisclosed reasons. It suggested the Cats were out of the mix for the No. 3 shooting guard in the class.

But now, according to’s Evan Daniels, Walker’s visit to Lexington is back on with a new trip set for the following weekend, November 5.

Arizona likely leads for the Pennsylvania native, but we all know how things can change once John Calipari gets a recruit on campus.

Lonnie Walker
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs.
Reading, PA | Reading
AAU: Team Final
ESPN No. 19 | 4 SG Top247 No. 23 | 4 SG
Rivals No. 20 Scout No. 23 | 3 SG

A Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Status Report


A day before the Blue/White Game, John Calipari usually has at least once recruit committed for the next season.  Calipari has yet to receive a pledge from a member of the class of 2017, but that doesn’t mean he’s in bad shape on the recruiting front heading into the regular season.

On the Brink

Arizona was considered UK’s toughest competition for P.J. Washington, until he replaced Arizona with UNLV in his Top Three earlier today.  Now the Cats’ greatest threat is North Carolina.  Washington told USA Today they had the best in-home presentation, but I think he meant nerdiest presentation.

“They did something I’d never seen or heard of before. They basically put on a play and they brought different jerseys and masks and walked me through my life as a Tar Heel. They showed me committing, winning a national championship and then getting drafted into the NBA. It was special! I mean they really went in-depth with the play too. It was really good! I’ll never forget that.”

Washington isn’t going to a school for the performing arts, he’s going to play basketball.  For that reason and so many more, I believe Washington will commit to Kentucky.  He might not be the first, but I believe he will be a Wildcat.

John Petty could be UK’s first commit.  The Huntsville swingman is taking his official visit to Lexington October 28.  He will choose between Kentucky and his home state of Alabama sometime in November.  There are many reasons to be optimistic about UK’s outlook, but there’s one that sticks out above the rest.  Petty took his official visit to Alabama in August.  If Avery Johnson was going to get Petty to commit, it was going to be this summer.

Calipari has a good record with The Patrick School.  One of their best alums, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, is helping Coach Cal bring Nick Richards to Kentucky.  Over the last month, Richards went from the fringe to “most likely to commit first.”  After taking an official visit a few weeks ago, he’s hosted Kentucky coaches at his home and returned for Big Blue Madness.  Richards will be an exceptional post to build around in the 2017 class.

Feeling Better

Until he took his official visit for Big Blue Madness, I thought landing Quade Green was a longshot.  Green was perceived as a Duke-lean, but now Green’s leaders appear to be Syracuse and Kentucky, with Duke, Villanova and Temple rounding out his Top Five.  I feared Cal would be forced to go all-in on Trae Young, but Green could be a pleasant surprise.

Jarred Vanderbilt has kept his recruitment pretty quiet, but this weekend’s surprise official visit can only be good news, right?

Playing the Waiting Game

Kevin Knox and Trae Young will not decide anytime soon, but at this moment Kentucky couldn’t be in a better position.

Knox attended Big Blue Madness before beginning official visit season with a trip to Duke next weekend. Florida State and North Carolina are in the mix too, but Kentucky has an inside connection: Knox’s father and Vince Marrow played football together.

After visiting for Big Blue Madness, Trae Young’s father had nothing but good things to say.  Calipari’s transparency has his parents on-board, but this class’ point guard situation is complicated.  Whoever commits first between Kentucky and Duke will get that spot, but could Green and Young play together?  It’s possible, especially considering their style-of-play, but there’s no greater question in Calipari’s 2017 class than the point guard question.


Landing John Petty would stabilize the fluid shooting guard situation.  The Cats are recruiting Hamidou Diallo and Lonnie Walker, but it’s difficult to tell where they stand, especially Walker.  He was planned to take an official visit this weekend, but Ben Roberts reports Walker will not make the trip to Lexington.

Mohamed Bamba was a surprise late-addition to Big Blue Madness.  Richards might commit first, but Bamba could be Cal’s biggest get in the class of 2017.  When Bamba eventually announces his decision, Duke, UConn, Harvard and Michigan will also be in the mix.

Jarred Vanderbilt will take an Official Visit to UK this Weekend



A week after visiting North Carolina for a “Late Night with Roy” (a.k.a. a poor man’s Big Blue Madness), Jarred Vanderbilt announced on Twitter he will take an official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

The athletic small forward is a Top 20 player in the class of 2017.  The Texas native is being heavily pursued by Texas and TCU, and Kansas is also in the mix.

Vanderbilt is no stranger to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  His prep school played in the state four times last season, taking unofficial visits to UK’s campus on numerous occasions.

Jarred Vanderbilt
Forward | 6-8 | 200 lbs.
Bellaire, TX | Victory Prep
AAU: Houston Hoops
ESPN No. 20 | 5 PF Top247 No. 19 | 5 SF
Rivals No. 13 | 4 PF Scout No. 15 | 2 PF

Check out these impressive highlights from the lengthy, athletic small forward.


PJ Washington replaces Arizona with UNLV in his final three


It seems like every day, PJ Washington is dropping or adding a school to his list. According to Jeff Borzello, the five-star power forward dropped Arizona but added UNLV to his final three, which also includes Kentucky and North Carolina. Washington was scheduled to take an official visit to Arizona this weekend, but I don’t see that happening now.

P.J. Washington
Power Forward| 6-7 | 225 lbs.
Dallas, TX | Findlay Prep
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 16 | 2 PF Top247 No. 16 | 6 PF
Rivals No. 17 | — PF Scout No. 14 | 1 PF

Regardless of the musical chairs going on in this recruitment, it’s feeling more and more like Washington’s final destination will be Kentucky; I’m knocking on wood as I say this, but I feel more confident about that than any recruit in the 2017 class.

Tremont Waters picks Georgetown hat over Kentucky and Indiana hat



Four-star point guard Tremont Waters committed to Georgetown over Kentucky and Indiana, Wednesday afternoon. Waters said he decided on Georgetown during his second visit to the school, last Friday.

It ultimately came down to the Hoyas and Hoosiers, he said, although UK was rumored to be the leader not too long ago.

John Calipari had been recruiting Waters to play with or behind Trae Young or another point guard prospect, while the other two schools offered a better opportunity to be the guy.

Waters took his official visit to Lexington in mid-September and hosted the UK staff in the fall recruiting period.

He gone.

Rick Pitino writing checks his ass can’t cash

Rick Pitino writing checks his ass can’t cash

Rick Pitino picked up a commitment from Jordan Nwora, the No. 21 small forward in the class, Wednesday morning. Good for him and all that. (Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz)

But what’s interesting, and hilarious, is, Nwora said his decision to join the Cardinals’ recruiting class came down to a promise from Rick Pitino to put him in the league “fast.”

From Adam Zagoria:

“They told me I could come in and make a big impact right away and play a lot of minutes as a freshman,” Nwora said Wednesday by phone. “Coach [Rick] Pitino said he knows for sure that he can get me to the league [NBA] fast. So him and Coach [Kenny] Johnson made it clear that I would be able to come in and make an impact right away and play a lot and get to the league. [ZagsBlog]

Now that is laugh out loud funny. Pitino telling kids he can put them in the league, fast? What happened to valuing relationships with his players and leaving the one-and-done route to Kentucky? What about the fact there are more Kentucky players on the Phoenix Suns than Louisville players in the entire league?

Kentucky wasn’t recruiting Nwora, so there’s no hard feelings here, but it’s quite hilarious Pitino is promising kids a direct path to the league these days. THERE ARE THREE UofL PLAYERS IN THE NBA! Ask Montrezl Harrell about sticking around. Ask him what Pitino did for his NBA chances.

“Coach Pitino said he knows for sure that he can get me to the league fast.”




John Petty now down to two schools, will decide by November


Many thought five-star shooting guard John Petty would be the first recruit to commit to Kentucky in the 2017 class, and according to today’s news, he still could be.’s Daniel Boyette is reporting that Petty is officially down to Kentucky and Alabama, eliminating UConn, Kansas, and Florida State from consideration, and plans to announce his decision by November.

John Petty
Shooting Guard/Small Forward | 6-7 | 180 lbs.
Huntsville, AL | J.O. Johnson
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 25 | 7 SG Top247 No. 28 | 7 SF
Rivals No. 30 | – SG Scout No. 44 | 9 SG

Petty, considered a top ten shooting guard in the class, took an official visit to Alabama on August 25, and will take his official to Kentucky on October 28. He originally planned to announce in December, but moved up his timeline to sign “by November” to be part of the early signing period.

Avery Johnson’s been doing his best to get Petty to stay home and be a hero, but announcing right after you visit Kentucky? Sounds like a good sign for the Cats to me. (Plus, you know, Kentucky.)


P.J. Washington cuts UNLV from consideration

P.J. Washington cuts UNLV from consideration


P.J. Washington is now down to three schools.

The five-star power forward removed UNLV from consideration today, leaving only Kentucky, North Carolina and Arizona in the hunt for his services.

Of course, Washington visited Lexington over the weekend for Big Blue Madness, not even a full month after taking his official visit to Kentucky back in September. He then hosted Kenny Payne for an in-home visit on Monday, according to his father, to Adam Zagoria.

Paul Washington Sr. recently told Zagoria, “I think every high school kid looks at the college that they want to go to and how many people they have in the pros and the one thing that that stands out with Kentucky is Calipari puts them in the league at a rapid rate. I heard somebody say that most coaches probably don’t have five players in the league, he’s got five people on one team in Phoenix. So that’s big-time, that’s big-time.”

Kentucky is the heavy favorite in Washington’s recruitment, although he will visit Arizona this coming weekend. He took his official to UNC in late September.

Big Blue Madness was a Recruiting Success

Trae Young went to Louisville to watch Karl Towns play Saturday night, via @TheTraeYoung.

Trae Young went to Louisville to watch Karl Towns play Saturday night, via @TheTraeYoung.

The late addition of Mohamed Bamba to the guest list made Friday’s Big Blue Madness one of the biggest recruiting nights in the John Calipari era.  All six prospects from the class of 2017 are five-stars and two from the class of 2018 are in the top three.  The night looked great on paper, but what did the recruits think?

Ray Young, the father of point guard Trae Young, described it simply: “It couldn’t have been any better.”  From T.J. Walker of Cats Illustrated:

“It was pretty cool seeing everything, but actually the best thing was my wife was able to see everything. We were there last year for Big Blue Madness. But she was really comfortable with everything. She liked what she saw. She feels even better now knowing that she was there. She knows where he’ll be staying, where classes are, how the whole process will go. She felt really good about that. She would hate for her son to pick any school and she hadn’t been on the campus yet.”

Pick whichever cliche you want: ‘Happy wife, happy life,’ or ‘If momma ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.’  It’s great news, however, this is probably the best thing from T.J.’s talk with Mr. Young.

“Coach Cal always informs Trae of everyone he’s recruiting from the five to the point guard. That just makes us as a parent feel more comfortable about the entire situation and let’s me know that Trae and Cal are having great communication. It’s just a good situation I feel.”

It’s also worth noting the Youngs arrived a day early, overlooking basketball media day on Thursday and receiving some extra attention from the coaches and players before other recruits arrived Friday.

P.J. Washington’s father, Paul Sr., talked to Adam Zagoria after their visit to Big Blue Madness.  Even though they didn’t get to spend too much time with the coaches, he was impressed with Coach Cal.

“I think every high school kid looks at the college that they want to go to and how many people they have in the pros and the one thing that that stands out with Kentucky is Calipari puts them in the league at a rapid rate,” Paul said.  “I heard somebody say that most coaches probably don’t have five players in the league, he’s got five people on one team in Phoenix. So that’s big-time, that’s big-time.”

Since the visit, Washington has cut Texas from his list, now down to UK, UNLV, Arizona and North Carolina.  Roy Williams visited Washington today, but he had competition.  Kenny Payne paid Washington a visit to follow up on his trip to Lexington.

Last, but not least, 2018 point guard Immanuel Quickley appeared to enjoy his trip to Lexington.



[Cats Illustrated and ZagsBlog]

P.J. Washington cuts list to four schools after Big Blue Madness



We all know that Coach Cal pulled out all the stops for Big Blue Madness this year, bringing in over 10 highly touted recruits, along with a ton of notable former Cats. Apparently, the UK fans weren’t the only ones who appreciated what went on.

According to Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog, the No. 16 overall player in the class of 2017, P.J. Washington trimmed his list to just four schools, and Kentucky made the cut. Washington is now considering Kentucky, Arizona, UNLV, and Washington.

Zagoria had some solid quotes from P.J.’s father, Paul, in his story as well.

According to Washington’s father, the way that Coach Cal produces NBA Draft picks is one of the major selling points for UK:

I think every high school kid looks at the college that they want to go to and how many people they have in the pros and the one thing that that stands out with Kentucky is [John] Calipari puts them in the league at a rapid rate,” Paul said.  “I heard somebody say that most coaches probably don’t have five players in the league, he’s got five people on one team in Phoenix. So that’s big-time, that’s big-time.

On top of that, Washington’s unofficial visit to Lexington this weekend for Big Blue Madness gave the Big Blue Nation  a chance to showcase just how passionate they are.

It was an unofficial for him so we didn’t really spend a lot of time with coaches,” said Paul Washington Sr., the Findlay Prep coach and P.J.’s father. “It was good. The only thing we were looking for is the fans, that old Big Blue Nation. There was definitely a lot of people for sure.

You’ll have to stay tuned to see if Washington will be Coach Cal’s first commit from the 2017 class. After this weekend, it sounds like that class has a chance to be another one of Calipari’s loaded classes.


UK Adds Another LARGE Big Blue Madness Visitor


The Big Blue Madness guest list was already massive, but Mohamed Bamba is making it even bigger.  According to Evan Daniels, the No. 3 player in America will be in attendance tonight for an unofficial visit, the sixth five-star prospect visiting from the class of 2017.

The 7-footer came on the scene in this year’s EYBL and is arguably Calipari’s top target in the frontcourt.    We knew it was going to be a big night for recruiting, but the addition of Bamba makes it arguably the biggest recruiting event since Calipari came to Kentucky.

Mohamed Bamba
Power Forward/Center| 6-11 | 210 lbs.
New York, NY | Westtown
AAU: PSA Cardinals
ESPN No. 3 | 2 PF Top247 No. 3 | 2 PF
Rivals No. 3 | 1 PF Scout No. 2 | 2 C

Could football connections help Kentucky land Kevin Knox?

Kevin Knox is one of John Calipari’s biggest targets and will be in the audience tonight for Big Blue Madness. Many believe Duke leads for the five-star small forward, but KSR is hearing Kentucky already has a foot in the door…thanks to football. UK Football recruiting guru Vince Marrow and Kevin Knox’s father — Kevin, Sr. — played professional football together and remain close friends. The elder Knox played wide receiver at Florida State and was drafted in the sixth round by the Buffalo Bills, where he met Marrow. Sources tell us the two have already reunited since the Knox family has been in town for Big Blue Madness. Knox Sr. also knows Lamar Thomas, who played at Miami from 1989-92, the same time Knox was at Florida State.

Will UK Football help the Cats land one of the most coveted members of the 2017 class? Who knows, but it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Kevin Knox
Small Forward | 6-8 | 195 lbs.
Tampa, FL | Tampa Catholic
ESPN No. 7 | 2 SF Top247 No. 13 | 3 SF
Rivals No. 9 | 2 SF Scout No. 7 | 2 SF

Calipari’s Big Blue Madness Guest List

UK Athletics

UK Athletics

Traditionally, Big Blue Madness is the symbolic start to the season, giving fans an opportunity to see their team together for the first time.  Since John Calipari came to Kentucky, it’s grown, and slightly changed.

Fans still clamor to see the unique event, but it’s been refocused towards recruits.  Calipari has brought in former players to praise their play, but also to show recruits how far Kentucky basketball can take them and how big the stage is at Kentucky.  This year there will be ten elite prospects in attendance: five from the class of 2017, three top 15 players in the 2018 class and a pair of rising sophomores.

2017 Class

Trae Young
Point Guard | 6-1 | 170 lbs.
Norman, OK | Norman North
AAU: Mokan Elite
ESPN No. 15 | 2 PG Top247 No. 22 | 3 PG
Rivals No. 14 | 3 PG Scout No. 22 | 3 PG

Recruiting Outlook:  The first person Calipari offered in the class, Cal really, really, really wants Young to leave Norman for Lexington.  Oklahoma is in contention, but Cal’s biggest competition is Kansas, where he’ll be taking an official visit next weekend.  Young does not plan to announce anytime soon.  He said he will wait till after the college basketball season to decide.

Style of Play:  People say that Steph Curry’s style of play will develop a new type of athlete in the next generation of elite basketball players.  Young is the first product of Curry’s play.

He will take two dribbles across half court and pull.  There will be two and a half minute stretches where he’ll go on a 15-point run all by himself.  It’s unbelievable to witness firsthand.  Off the dribble he’s smooth, and plays with a little bit of bounce.  Some of his assists look too easy when he’s throwing them to Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1 player i the class.


Nick Richards
Center | 6-11 | 235 lbs.
Manhasset, NY | St. Patrick’s
AAU: Expressions Elite
ESPN No. 12 | 5 C Top247 No. 15 | 2 C
Rivals No. 19 Scout No. 17 | 7 C

Recruiting Outlook:  Evan Daniels recently said that Richards is likely the first prospect to commit to Kentucky.  Richards attends The Patrick School, the same high school as Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who called Richards last month to encourage him to go to Kentucky.  Two weeks ago Richards took his official visit, but he is already back on campus.  Arizona and Syracuse are in contention, but it may not be for much longer.

Style of Play:  Richards plays well with his back to the basket, displaying exceptional footwork.  He doesn’t move like a traditional center.  He’s a great, explosive athlete with a soft touch near the rim.


P.J. Washington
Power Forward| 6-7 | 225 lbs.
Dallas, TX | Findlay Prep
AAU: Team Penny
ESPN No. 16 | 2 PF Top247 No. 16 | 6 PF
Rivals No. 17 | — PF Scout No. 14 | 1 PF

Recruiting Outlook:  Daniels originally said Washington would likely be the first to commit to Kentucky, only recently transferring that title to Richards.  Washington will officially visit Arizona next weekend, followed by an official visit to Texas, but the Louisville-born power forward is considered a strong-lean to Kentucky.

Style of Play:You don’t see too many traditional power forwards in today’s game.  Washington’s style of play refreshing.  His best two attributes are my two favorite things about traditional power forwards — rebounding and trash-talking.  Washington is tactical on the glass, then he’ll tell his opponent all about it.  Offensively, he has exceptional ball skills, stepping outside, but rarely settling unless he’s near the paint.  Washington is my favorite player in the class (with Young as 1A).


Kevin Knox
Small Forward| 6-8 | 205 lbs.
Tampa, FL | Tampa Catholic
ESPN No. 7 | 2 SF Top247 No. 13 | 3 SF
Rivals No. 9 | — SF Scout No. 7 | 2 SF

Recruiting Outlook:  It’s been a long time since Calipari was in good shape with a true small forward, but that’s the case with Knox.  After Big Blue Madness, Knox is heading to Duke for an official visit.  He also has official visits to Florida State and North Carolina planned, as well as a January official visit to Lexington.  North Carolina is probably UK’s biggest threat right now, but things can change leading up to Knox’s decision, which probably won’t happen until the spring.

Style of Play:  In a class that’s loaded with elite talent at small forward, Knox might be the best athlete of the bunch.  The man is shredded, yet still thin, providing plenty of room for him to add muscle once he gets to the next level.

When I watched him at the Peach Jam, every time I came with a critique, he answered the call.  Great in the open floor, I didn’t think he could handle the ball…then he went coast-to-coast.  After he missed a mid-range jumper, I doubted his shot…then he hit a three.  One thing I never questioned: his ability to finish in traffic.


Quade Green
Point Guard| 6-1 | 172 lbs.
Philadelphia, PA | Neumann Goretti
AAU: PSA Cardinals
ESPN No. 22 | 3 PG Top247 No. 32 | 7 PG
Rivals No. 25 | 4 PG Scout No. 20 | 3 PG

Recruiting Outlook: Taking his official visit this weekend, Green is perceived by many as a Duke-lean in the 2017 triumvirate of point guards.  Also considering Syracuse and Villanova, Green hasn’t ruled out playing with Young or Tremont Waters at the next level.  A member of Team USA with Young, Green’s game did not explode.  It will be interesting to see how the recruiting experts react after Green’s visit.

Style of Play:  The most physical point guard in the class, he fits the “gamer” stereotype.  On two, maybe three occasions at the Peach Jam he took over down the stretch, penetrating to get to the free throw line, or using the contact to knock down his signature step-back jumper.  He has the attitude, demeanor, swagger, whatever you want to call it to be an impact player at the best level in basketball.



Romeo Langford 
Shooting Guard (2018)| 6-5 | 190 lbs.
New Albany, IN | New Albany High School
AAU: Eric Gordon All-Stars
ESPN No. 2 | 1 SG Top247 No. 5 | 1 SG
Rivals No. 3 | — SG Scout No. 3 | 1 SG

Recruiting Outlook:  John Calipari’s top target in the 2018 class, it’s going to be a dogfight to get Langford to Kentucky.  Rick Pitino and Tom Crean were the first to make a move, with Cal and Coach K not far behind.  It will probably be a four horse race to the finish line to land Langford.

Style of Play:  Normally shooting guards aren’t at the top of national rankings, but the Southern Indiana shooter is that good.  Indiana always produces good shooters, but his ability to penetrate and use his length to disrupt on the defensive end sets him apart from others.  If you ever see him play, one thing is certain: he will get buckets.


Immanuel Quickley 
Point Guard (2018) | 6-3 | 175 lbs.
Bel Air, MD | John Carroll School
AAU: Baltimore Elite
ESPN No. 19 | 3 PG Top247 No. 8 | 2 PG
Rivals No. 19 | 4 PG Scout No. 11 | 2 PG

Recruiting Outlook:  Maryland was one of the first to recruit the in-state talent.  Louisville, Kansas and Miami are also hot on the trail.  Calipari offered Quickley a scholarship last week after an in-home visit, while he still awaits an offer from Coach K, who has been actively recruiting him in recent months.

Style of Play: Quickley fits the Calipari point guard prototype with one exception.  Calipari loves the quick, lengthy slashers, but Quickly’s shooting range sets him apart from previous Calipari point guards. A Brandon Knight comparison would not be ridiculous.


Cameron Reddish
Small Forward (2018) | 6-8 | 195 lbs.
Norristown, PA | Westtown School
AAU: Team Final
ESPN No. 4 | 1 SF Top247 No. 3 | 1 SF
Rivals No. 6 | — SF Scout No. 1 | 1 SF

Recruiting Outlook: The last addition to the guest list, the rising junior is just beginning to see major offers.  Arizona, Duke and UConn have offered, while Kentucky, Louisville and North Carolina are on the way.  Although UK hasn’t been in the mix too much, UK’s been heavily pursuing his teammates in the 2017 class.  Reddish is high school teammates with center Mohamed Bamba and AAU teammates with shooting guard Lonnie Walker.

Style of Play: Reddish is a wide body that plays on the perimeter.  His release looks strange, but it goes in more times than not.  While playing with Lonnie Walker at the Peach Jam, Reddish often out-performed his elder teammate.


Christian Brown 
Small Forward (2019) | 6-6 | 195 lbs.
Columbia, SC | A.C. Flora
AAU: Georgia Stars
ESPN No. 10 | 4 SF Top247 No. 14 | 6 SF
Rivals No. 14 | — Scout No. — | 9 SF

Recruiting Outlook:  Schools in the south have been recruiting Brown from the beginning, but Kentucky’s greatest threat is Bill Self.  He does not have a UK offer yet, but the Jayhawks have already extended one to this member of the class of 2019.

Style of Play:  Brown does not look like sophomore.  “Physically gifted” is a mild description for the elite athlete.  It will be interesting to see how his basketball skills develop over the next two years.


Ashton Hagans 
Point Guard (2019) | 6-2 | 180 lbs.
Covington, GA | Newton
AAU: Georgia Stars
ESPN — | — Top247 No. 46 | 5 PG
Rivals No. 32 | — Scout No. — | 5 PG

Recruiting Outlook:  You usually don’t see too many early offers for people that just finished their freshman year, especially point guards, but he already has 15, the most prestigious coming from the SEC — Florida, Georgia and Auburn.

Style of Play:  Hagans seems small on the court, but he plays big.  You don’t see too many 6’2″ point guards take contact and then dunk on someone, but Hagans does.  His shot starts too low, but that can improve with time.


Christian Watford’s Little Brother is Coming to Big Blue Madness

There’s less than 24 hours till Big Blue Madness and the five-star guest list continues to grow, but this visitor has an unfortunate Kentucky-connection.

Trendon Watford is a top ten player in the class of 2019.  The lengthy small forward form Alabama looks familiar, because his older brother was the infamous Indiana Cat-killer from 2011.  I’m sure you remember Christian Watford’s shot.  If not, an Indiana fan will quickly remind you of their best basketball moment from the last two decades.

Even though you probably have mixed feelings, that will go away once you understand he’s one of the best sophomores in the country who can do things like this:


The Big Blue Madness Guest List is Growing

City of Basketball Love

City of Basketball Love

2018 small forward Cameron Reddish will be the tenth recruit in attendance for Friday night’s Big Blue Madness, according to Chris Fisher.

Ranked as the No. 3 player in the ’18 class, Reddish is high school teammates with center Mohamed Bamba and AAU teammates with shooting guard Lonnie Walker, two of Cal’s 2017 targets.  Reddish currently holds offers from Duke, UConn, Arizona and ten others, but Calipari has yet to extend an offer.

More on Reddish in tomorrow’s preview, but until then, enjoy his highlights from this year’s EYBL.