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Basketball Recruiting News
Happy Friday, friends. I’m sure many of you will find excuses to slip out of work early today to go enjoy the opening day of the spring meet at Keeneland, a time of year I get so homesick it hurts. If you do head out to the racetrack today, bundle up; highs are only supposed to get in the low 50’s, but something tells me that won’t stop girls from wearing sundresses and cowboy boots or wedges.
For the rest of us, there’s plenty to do, so let’s run through the agenda.
1. Calipari offered Mark Smith
The recruiting dead period ended yesterday at noon and John Calipari went straight to work to shore up Kentucky’s bare cupboard at guard, traveling to Edwardsville, Illinois to visit Mark Smith. Cal extended a scholarship offer to the Illinois Mr. Basketball on that trip, a sign of how serious this fast and furious this recruitment has become. Smith also has offers from Illinois, Indiana, Ohio State, Missouri, Butler, and Michigan State and is expected to visit the Spartans this weekend. Also of note: Smith will play in the Derby Classic in Louisville later this month.
2. Don’t forget about Jemarl Baker and Cameron Johnson
Calipari is headed to California today to visit Jemarl Baker, a four-star shooting guard that decommitted from Cal when Cuonzo Martin took the job at Missouri. Yesterday, 247 Sports recruiting guru Jerry Meyer told the Herald Leader he believes Baker’s the best fit for the Cats next season.
“I think the idea here is to get shooting, and I like him best as a shooter,” Meyer said. “All three are good, solid players. Baker just makes the most sense to me. I think he’s the better of the three, and I think he’s the better shooter of the three.”
As I told you in the post directly before this one, Kentucky has reportedly also offered Pitt grad transfer Cam Johnson, who will be able to play right away and have two years of eligibility remaining. Not only is Johnson an impressive shooter, making 41.5% of his threes last season, he’s also 6’8″, meaning he has the size Calipari loves. For more on Johnson, read Roush’s profile on him from last week.
3. ICYMI, Isaiah Briscoe is gone
One of the reasons Kentucky needs guards so badly next season is that three of this year’s have announced plans to go pro. Yesterday, Isaiah Briscoe followed in De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk’s footsteps by announcing that he’ll go to the draft and sign with an agent, ending his two-year career at UK. This move doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who’s talked to Briscoe in the last year, and although he’s not included in any of the major mock drafts/prospect rankings, here’s hoping he lands somewhere good. We know he’s got the drive.
4. Is Isaac Humphries leaving too?
We’ve heard rumblings for a while that Isaac Humphries was thinking of going pro in his native Australia. Humphries told Joe Mussatto that he was rethinking his future at UK during the tournament and Calipari said that an Australian scout watched Humphries in practice last month. Yesterday, Evan Daniels added fuel to the fire when he tweeted that Humphries is “seriously contemplating pursuing professional options.” Daniels said Humphries hasn’t made his mind up, but with a loaded frontcourt coming in, this is something to keep an eye on. Although, it would be such a shame coming off a game after which Humphries would have likely been considered a folk hero had the Cats won.
5. A CNN analyst compared the US bombing Syria last night to Kentucky basketball
After US warships launched at least 50 tomahawk missiles at Syria last night, CNN analsyt Major General Spider Marks compared the bombing to Kentucky basketball in one of the most ridiculous and inappropriate statements I think I’ve ever heard.
Okay, this is a weird comparison. pic.twitter.com/WRcMc5JVDz
— C.M. Tomlin (@CM_Tomlin) April 7, 2017
Stick to war, General Marks, and keep Kentucky Basketball outta your mouth.
6. The Nike Hoop Summit is tonight
If you like your all-star high school basketball late at night, you’re in luck because the Nike Hoop Summit tips off tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2 from Portland, Oregon. Shai Alexander and Nick Richards are on the World Team, and will face Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba, and Kevin Knox on Team USA. Quade Green is also a member of Team USA, but suffered a concussion yesterday and is unlikely to play tonight.
7. Mo Bamba’s wingspan is insane
Yesterday, the Nike Hoop Summit released the measurements for Team USA, and the ones that stand out the most are Mohamed Bamba’s 7’9″ wingspan and 9’6″ standing reach. If you’re looking for a comparison, Wilt Chamberlain’s famous wingspan was 7’8″ and Anthony Davis’ measured at 7’5.5″ at the 2012 Draft Combine and has reportedly grown to 7’7.75″. The largest wingspan in NBA history belonged to 7’7″ Maunte Bol, whose arms spread a ridiculous 8’6″.
Just another reason we’ve gotta get Bamba.
8. I’ll have a review of Calipari’s 30 for 30 for you later
I was lucky enough to get my hands on a screener of Calipari’s 30 for 30 last night and it’s really, really good. I’ll have a complete review for you this afternoon, but until then, do yourself a favor and make sure your DVR is set to record the documentary, which debuts next Thursday night (April 13) at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Here’s the trailer:
One and Not Done. Going to be 🔥 pic.twitter.com/zzgEmmxuPI
— Dan Bayens (@danbayens) February 3, 2017
9. The Masters rolls on
It’s Friday at The Masters, which means it’s going to on my second computer monitor for most of the day. After yesterday’s windy start, only 11 players are under par, led by Charley Hoffman, who leads at -7, four strokes ahead of William McGirt in second place. Phil Mickelson is tied with Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia, and a bunch of players at -1, while JB Holmes is tied for 74th at 6+ after bogeying his last five holes. Ouch.
You can see all the tee times here.
10. Go see De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Dominique Hawkins, and Derek Willis on their signing tours this weekend
The Signing Tours start in force this weekend, so get on out there and say thank you to this year’s Cats before they take the next step:
You’re looking at Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson, and according to Rivals’ Corey Evans, he now has an offer from Kentucky. The redshirt sophomore guard recently got his release from Pitt and because he’s actually a grad transfer, would be eligible to play right away. Wherever he goes, he’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
The 6’8″ 210 lbs. Johnson averaged 11.9 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season for Pitt, shooting 44.7% from the field and 41.5% from the three-point line. According to Evans, he also has offers from Florida, Ohio State, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, Iowa State, South Carolina, Baylor, Ole Miss, Marquette and TCU.
Here are some highlights to tide you over until the wakeup post:
By Nick Roush on ©April 06th, 2017 @ 9:27pm
John Calipari is starting the active recruiting period with a bang. During an in-home visit, Calipari extended a scholarship offer to four-star shooting guard Mark Smith, according to his AAU coach Andre McMurray.
The 6’5″ 40 percent three-point shooter won Illinois’ Mr. Basketball after averaging 21.9 points, 8.4 assists and 8.2 rebounds per game. A winner, he led Edwardsville High School to a 30-2 record in his final season. Smith is also being pursued by Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio State, Illinois, Mizzou, Butler, Northwestern and many others.
Need another reason to salivate over Mohamed Bamba in Kentucky blue?
The measurements from the Nike Hoop Summit came out today and Bamba was recorded with a 9’6” standing reach and a 7’9” wingspan.
For a little perspective, someone named Zhou Qi, who is two inches taller than Bamba, had the longest standing reach at last year’s NBA combine and his was only 9’4”.
Think Bamba could alter some shots in Rupp Arena next season?
It sure would be nice to find out.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 06th, 2017 @ 1:21pm
And now, for some unfortunate news from Portland: according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express, future UK point guard Quade Green suffered a concussion this morning during a scrimmage at the Nike Hoop Summit. As a result, Green won’t practice the rest of the day and is unlikely to play in the main event tomorrow night. Bummer.
If Quade’s unable to suit up, you’ll still be able to see (at least) three future Cats play Friday night at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Shai Alexander and Nick Richards will play for the World Team, while Jarred Vanderbilt will play for Team USA, which also includes Mohamed Bamba and Kevin Knox.
Here’s Quade’s latest mixtape to make up for the bad news:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 06th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about Shareef O’Neal, the son of Shaq, but last night, his famous dad was in Whitley County to speak at the University of the Cumberlands’ “Excellence in Leadership” series and answered a few questions about his son, a four-star power forward in the 2018 class. WKYT’s Garrett Wymer was at the event and asked Shaq what he thinks of Kentucky basketball after playing for LSU almost 30 years ago.
“I love — well, I can’t say I love UK,” Shaq said, laughing. “UK for me was always a tough place to play. It’s one of the schools on my son’s list. So, I don’t know where he’s going to go, but I’d love for him to play for a coach like Cal.”
This isn’t the first time Shaq has said he wants his son to play for Calipari. Last June, Shareef told 247 Sports that his dad wants him to lean towards Kentucky, and on his podcast, Shaq said he feels that way because he sees the same potential in his son that his dad saw in him, which is why he wants him to be in the hands of a coach like Cal.
“The reason why Kentucky, because the potential my father saw in me, and him knowing that I was going to go to the next level, I definitely see it in Shareef,” Shaq said. “So I would like for my son to play for a coach that is going to teach him next level stuff. I have three in mind: Johnny Jones at LSU because I know him personally; Calipari; and the coach from Michigan State, Tom Izzo.”
Another reason Shaq might want Shareef in Kentucky blue? The Big Blue Nation, which Shaq said last night he’s always admired.
“The fans there were always great,” Shaq said. “I played there in 88, 89, 90. I’m sure in 2017, it’s more fabulous. But the guys are always getting the top recruits, always in the top 10, and it’s a great show. And when they beat UCLA, I thought they had a chance of going all the way.”
— Garrett Wymer (@GarrettWKYT) April 5, 2017
Curious what type of player Shareef O’Neal is? Check out his mixtape below:
You have to take Shaq’s son, right? The fact that he’s good at basketball will just be icing on top.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 06th, 2017 @ 10:23am
When you look at next year’s squad, Kentucky is one or two players from being a title contender. Even though the Cats are in dire need of a few good shooters, the one player that can make the biggest difference is another big man, Mohamed Bamba. Yes, Kentucky’s front court is already loaded for the 2017-18 season, but Bamba seems to be the next in the line of instant-impact, must-have prospects, ala Anthony Davis or Karl Towns. The 7′ Bamba controls the rim, protecting it on defense and punishing it on offense. Not only is he extremely talented, he’s extremely smart, and not just “smart for a basketball player.” The Harlem native attended a sports business conference at MIT last summer just for fun and also had Harvard on his list before narrowing it to Kentucky, Duke, Texas, and Michigan. After interviewing him at the McDonald’s All-American Game last week, Nick Roush told me that occasionally, Bamba’s sense of humor was so dry that it went way over most reporters’ heads. Simply put, he’s a different type of dude, which is why I like him so much.
This weekend, Bamba’s in Portland, Oregon for Friday night’s Nike Hoop Summit, where he’ll play alongside and against future Cats Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt, Shai Alexander, Nick Richards, and fellow UK target Kevin Knox. ESPN’s Chantel Jennings is in Portland and posted this update on Bamba, who probably fielded a million questions about his recruitment, but clearly, has other priorities in mind.
“Mohamed Bamba is between Kentucky, Duke, Texas and Michigan and doesn’t have a timeline for his final decision. The biggest thought on his mind right now — other than playing well at these hoops events and doing well in school — is when he can get his driver’s license because like most New Yorkers, he has never had use for his license with the ample public transport. He’s hoping to get it (and a car) before college.”
Here’s hoping Bamba gets that license and that car, and drives it to Lexington. Evan Daniels, who is in Portland this week, told Kyle Tucker that’s the likeliest scenario right now (him coming to Kentucky, not him getting his license or car).
“If I was going to make a prediction, I would say Kentucky for Mohamed Bamba,” said Daniels. “I think they’re in the best shape right now. He doesn’t have a timeline, and I don’t think he’s truly made a decision yet, but just from what I’ve been able to gather and examining the situation, it seems like Kentucky is in great shape.”
A lot can change, of course, but bring on Bamba.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©April 05th, 2017 @ 12:15pm
This morning, Bam Adebayo entered his name in the NBA Draft without signing an agent, leaving the opportunity for a possible return after draft evaluations. It would still be a shock to see the 6’10 forward return for another year at Kentucky, but the news is extremely interesting nonetheless.
Mohamed Bamba, the five-star 6’11 big man out of Harlem, New York, is the prized recruit waiting for the college basketball dust to settle before making a decision. He has said he is in no hurry to make a decision, willing to wait till mid-May to announce. With May 24 being the last day to withdraw from the pool of NBA Draft entrants, we may not hear a decision for Bamba until Adebayo officially decides to return to school or stay in the draft.
I don’t believe the two are mutually exclusive. Honestly, I think Adebayo at the power forward position and Bamba at center would be an unbelievable and unstoppable duo down low, and Bamba could certainly be swayed on that possibility alone. This would almost certainly push one of Tai Wynyard, Isaac Humphries, or Sacha Killeya-Jones out the door from a pure numbers standpoint, but the opportunity for this combination is just too intriguing to pass up.
For argument’s sake, however, let’s say Kentucky can only have one next season:
Argument for Bam Adebayo:
Late in the year, Adebayo was a force down low on both ends of the floor. He finally lived up to preseason hype and became the physical rebounding presence we all knew he could be, averaging roughly a double double in the final stretch of the regular season. Alley-oops were a guarantee when you tossed the ball anywhere near the rim, and the possibility was always there that Bam would be dunking all over you at any given moment.
As far as negatives go, his offense is still extremely raw, and we saw far too many “Pebbles” moments, even in the NCAA Tournament. There were spurts of greatness, specifically late in conference play throughout March, but inconsistency always lingered. We all know NBA teams draft on potential alone, but his limited offensive skillset could force him to slide all the way to the bottom of the first round this year. Should he return and work on his offensive game, he could easily find himself as a top ten selection next year, even in a loaded draft for big men.
When you look at the leadership impact Isaiah Briscoe made as a sophomore, the thought of Adebayo emulating that is certainly enticing. He’s been on an impressive tournament run, he’s played some of the best teams in the country. He knows the ropes, and there’s always value in that, especially if freshmen take up the majority of the starting line up as expected.
Argument for Mohamed Bamba:
Bamba is a freak athlete, capable of completely neutralizing an opponent’s production in the paint. We’ve had guys like Anthony Davis, Nerlens Noel, Willie Cauley-Stein, etc., and Bamba would fit right in that same mold. If the 6’11 stud isn’t blocking shots at the rim, he’s altering them. At the very least, he scares the hell out of anyone even coming in the lane, let alone attempting a shot over him.
With a 7’9 wingspan, Bamba has the ability to be an elite difference maker on both ends of the floor. He has a developing jump shot, impressive touch at the basket, and should be able to rack up all the alley-oops imaginable. This kid’s potential is through the roof, and he can be the next Wildcat selected first overall in the draft.
Though he has ridiculous length, he’s rail thin, and that can always be a cause for concern for injury reasons. Anthony Davis came in extremely thin, but stayed relatively healthy from start to finish. Nerlens Noel, another skinny kid coming in as a freshman, had his season cut short due to an awful injury. Anyone can get injured at any given moment, but it’s something to think about.
Beyond anything else, he’s also a freshman, and there is almost always a learning curve when you get to the college level. You know exactly what you’re getting out of a sophomore Adebayo. Bamba, on the other hand, still has the “unknown” factor that comes with all incoming players.
Forget it, let’s just get both and have the best frontcourt in America.
Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 05th, 2017 @ 12:00pm
I’ll give the 2017 class one thing: they’re confident. In another video from USA Today’s Jason Jordan, Jarred Vanderbilt essentially guaranteed a national championship next season.
“We’re going all the way next year. You heard it here first,” Vanderbilt said. “All the way.”
2018 National Champs?
“Yup,” Vanderbilt said. “Put that on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter. We’re going all the way.”
Well, alright. Let’s do it.
We’ll probably get more quotes from Vanderbilt in the coming days as he, Quade Green, Mohamed Bamba, Kevin Knox, and Team USA prepare to face Shai Alexander, Nick Richards, and the World Team in Friday night’s Nike Hoop Summit. Until then, enjoy the video of his proclamation after the jump (stupid autoplay).
Good morning, everyone. It’s a been a frustrating day so far here at the KSR South compound, as I woke up early to write the wakeup post only to find out Comcast had turned my internet off. After a half hour on the phone with a nice woman named Jasmine, I’m back online, but still annoyed with the whole ordeal. I could go on and on, but for your sake, I won’t. Let’s roll through today’s top 10 before they turn the internet off again.
1. Malik Monk will be on the show
After declaring for the draft yesterday morning, Malik Monk will start his farewell tour of the Bluegrass on KSR today. With the help of The Players’ Tribune, Monk penned an emotional thank you letter to the Big Blue Nation for their support during his time in Lexington, particularly in the tense aftermath of his decision to come to Kentucky and not home state Arkansas:
Kentucky fans made one thing crystal clear to me: They had my back. No one made me wait until the fall, until I got to Lexington, to be accepted into Big Blue Nation. Man, it was just right off the bat: Like, Once you’re one of us, you’re one of us. And whether it was defending me on social media … or sending me messages about how excited they were for me to come play there … or alums getting in touch and letting me know what an amazing experience was in store for me in the fall … it really helped a lot. It helped turn an extremely tough situation into an extremely positive one. And it helped me realize that, just by committing to Kentucky, I was already a part of something special.
And I’ll never forget that.
😢 You can read the rest here.
2. De’Aaron Fox came on the show yesterday and was great
Fox has always been great with the media, and yesterday, he showed that side of his personality off to fans in his most candid interview yet. Fox gave some great insight into his year at Kentucky, his bond with his teammates, and, of course, his hair. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the podcast:
3. Catch De’Aaron on the #TourDeFox
4. While you’re at it, check out Derek, Dom, and Makayla Epps
Makalya Epps will also sign autographs at Cardboard Heroes at the Florence Mall on Sunday right before the guys, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
5. Practice continues at the Nike Hoop Summit
Preparations roll on for Friday night’s Nike Hoop Summit, and while Team USA (which includes Quade Green, Jarred Vanderbilt, Mo Bamba, and Kevin Knox) seems to still be making its way to Portland, the World Team has been there all week practicing. Nick Richards and Shai Alexander have been putting in work, and since Alexander is the recruit we know the least about since he didn’t play at the McDonald’s All-American Game, here’s 30 seconds of him shooting threes to enjoy with your morning coffee:
Future Kentucky guard Shai Alexander shooting it well in drills. Low release set shot but a lifetime 41.9 3P% (31 attempts) via DX Stats. pic.twitter.com/JcyJ2smOzl
— Mike Schmitz (@Mike_Schmitz) April 4, 2017
6. Calipari hits the recruiting trail tomorrow
The dead period ends tomorrow at noon, which means Calipari will fire up the ole private jet and start making the rounds to check on his 2017 and 2018 targets. With the spring signing period starting next week, here’s a reminder of who he’s still pursuing in the 2017 class:
5-star game changers: Kevin Knox and Mohamed Bamba
Picking up Bamba would take next year’s team to the next level, as he’s considered the next franchise player, while Knox would ease concerns about shooting. Picking one up would be big; picking up both would monumental.
Guards to provide depth/consistency: Jemarl Baker, Mark Smith, Thomas Allen
Calipari is expected to visit Baker and Smith this week in an attempt to shore up Kentucky’s depth at guard, while Allen, a former NC State signee, has also received interest. Don’t sleep on Pitt transfer Cameron Johnson either.
7. Want to feel better about Kentucky’s chances with Knox?
People seem to think Duke or UNC lead for the five-star small forward, but which coach did he say he’d choose to save over all others if he were in a life boat? John Calipari. For more on what the heck that’s all about, click here.
8. Kentucky seems to be a popular top pick in everyone’s “Way-Too-Early” rankings
It’s really, really dumb to me that people are putting out preseason polls and even more so, Bracketology, right now, but hey, writers gotta write, and even though we don’t really know what next year’s team will look like, for some reason they all feel great about the Cats. Kentucky was ranked 1st in ESPN and Yahoo! Sports‘ Way-Too-Early rankings, 2nd in Sports Illustrated‘s, 3rd in Sporting News‘, and 8th in CBS Sports‘. I hate to say it, but I kind of agree with Gary Parrish (CBS Sports) on this one, even if he says he expects Isaiah Briscoe to return.
9. Dick Vitale also thinks the Cats will be #1 next season
Certainly subject to change as it is so early but my VBDI says the Big 4 for 2017-18 will be KENTUCKY – DUKE- ARIZONA – LOUISVILLE
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) April 4, 2017
Gotta love Dickie V.
10. I realize it’s been a few days, but did everyone see the new “Game of Thrones” promo??
If not, you’re about to, because I really want to watch it again this morning:
— Game Of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) March 30, 2017
Malik Monk in an hour…
Former UC Berkeley signee Jemarl Baker opted out of his Letter of Intent to the Bears after Cuonzo Martin’s departure and he has re-opened his recruitment to all comers.
Today, Baker’s new list of potential schools was released to the world through his AAU coach and it includes nine programs from all over college basketball.
Kentucky is one of the nine, along with Duke, Utah, Arizona, Marquette, Maryland, Oregon, Arizona State and San Diego State, per his coach:
2017 Jemarl Baker Corona Roosevelt Top 9. Kentucky, Duke, Utah, Arizona, Marquette, Maryland, Oregon,ASU, SDSU (In no particular order) #ewe
— Ryan Silver (@RyanSilver1) April 4, 2017
John Calipari plans to visit Baker at some point this week to gauge his interest on becoming a Kentucky Wildcat. There are plenty of spots available in the UK backcourt after the Cats lose De’Aaron Fox, Malik Monk, Dominique Hawkins, Mychal Mulder and likely Isaiah Briscoe.
With the news that De’Aaron Fox is officially declaring for the NBA Draft and signing an agent, our sights now turn to mock drafts. As we gear up for more potential draft declarations, here’s a roundup of where each player is in the major mock drafts/prospect rankings:
Looking back at mocks from February, it’s amazing how much De’Aaron Fox improved his stock in the last month or so. Kudos to him as he takes the next step.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 03rd, 2017 @ 5:30pm
Last week, we found out that John Calipari is still looking to add some guards to the 2017 class and one of the players he’s looking at is four-star shooting guard Jemarl Baker. Baker was released from his letter of intent with the Cal Golden Bears last week following Cuonzo Martin’s departure, which is when Kentucky first showed interest. Now, according to Baker’s AAU coach Ryan Silver, Calipari will travel to Los Angeles later this week to meet with the 6’2″ 165 lbs. guard.
Baker is considered the 65th best player in the country and the 19th-best shooting guard according to ESPN. 247 Sports lists him at 119th overall and the 22nd-best shooting guard. He’s got interest from Maryland, Utah, Oregon, Arizona, Duke, Marquette, Virginia, and Arizona State.
The recruiting dead period ends on Thursday at noon, so that’s probably when Calipari will head west. He’s also expected to visit another potential guard, Illinois Mr. Basketball Mark Smith, on Thursday. Former NC State signee Thomas Allen could also be in the mix.
Scout the guards for yourself via their mixtapes:
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©April 03rd, 2017 @ 11:20am
The high school all-star circuit rolls on this week with Friday’s Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Oregon, and yesterday, the World Team, which includes future Cats Shai Alexander and Nick Richards, assembled to begin practice. A lot of attention has been given to five-star point guard Quade Green and his efforts to recruit Mo Bamba and Kevin Knox, but this week, it’ll be nice to see Alexander share the spotlight as well. From the sound of it, Alexander is well on his way to becoming a fan favorite, telling ESPN staff writer Chantel Jennings that he’s cheering for Gonzaga in tonight’s national championship for one simple reason:
“I don’t want UNC to win since they beat Kentucky,” Shai said.
Smart kid. Yesterday, the World Team also went through measurements, with Jamaican born Nick Richards turning in the best vertical jump at 30 inches:
Alexander, Richards, and the World Team will be joined in Portland by fellow future Cats Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt later this week, as well as top targets Kevin Knox and Mo Bamba.
Here’s a preview of what you’ll see from Alexander and Richards later this week:
It is no secret that from the first time most Cats fans saw him play, they wanted Zion Williamson in Blue and White. Calipari offered the 6-7 small forward last week. Last night, he had one of the better dunks I have seen. This just shows the shear athleticism that Williamson has.
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) April 2, 2017
Here is everything you need to know about Williamson:
Small Forward (2018) | 6-7 | 220 lbs.
Spartanburg, SC | Spartanburg
AAU: Game Elite
|ESPN||No. 2 | 2 SF||Top247||No. 2 | 1 SF|
|Rivals||No. 2 | 1 SF||Scout||No. 2 | 2 PF|
And while you’re at it, check out his impressive highlights.