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Recruiting Big Board

2014 Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Big Board

2014 Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Big Board

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A lot has happened since the last time we posted the Big Board, so I decided it was time to dust if off and give it a good update. Check out UK’s latest offers and who’s moving up and down Cal’s radar in the 2014 class (green up arrows: good for UK; red down arrows: bad for UK; no arrows: unknown/no change).

COMMITTED

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Karl Towns
Center

7’1″, 235 lbs.
Metuchen, New Jersey (St. Joeseph)

Rivals: 9
ESPN: 6
Scout: 8
247: 10

Committed to Kentucky on 12/04/2012
Recent buzz:
Playing for the Dominican Republic National Team this summer, will not participate in the Elite 24 game
Video: Discussing getting stronger over the past year
5% of college coaches think he will be the best pro of the 2014 class, others think he will struggle in college
Was the topic of a recent documentary by MSG Varsity entitled “Center of Attention”

TARGETS OFFERED

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Jahlil Okafor
Center

6’10”, 280 lbs.
Chicago, Illinois (Whitney Young)

Rivals: 1
ESPN: 1
Scout: 1
247: 6

Final eight: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State
Visited UK: Will take an official visit to UK on 9/9 for the Alumni Game
Fun Fact: Has said he wants to be a package deal with Tyus Jones
Recent buzz:
Shoots down rumors he has a leader
AAU coach says he “has always talked” about Kentucky
50% of college coaches believe he will have the best pro career of the 2014 class
Won’t visit Kentucky with Tyus Jones

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downarrow Tyus Jones
Point guard

6’1″, 171 lbs.
Apple Valley, Minnesota (Apple Valley)

Rivals: 2
ESPN: 3
Scout: 2
247: 5

Schools offered: Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State
Visited UK: Kentucky/Texas A&M game on 1/12/2013; will take an official visit to UK on 9/27
Fun fact: Had a granny recruit him to UK during his visit
Recent buzz:
Won’t visit Kentucky with Jahlil Okafor
Recently blogged about his conversations with Orlando Antigua
AAU Coach says Duke is his leader
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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uparrowEmmanuel Mudiay
Point guard

6’4″, 185 lbs.
Arlington, Texas (Prime Prep Academy)

Rivals: 3
ESPN: 5
Scout: 3
247: 1

Considering: Kentucky, Kansas, Oklahoma State, SMU, and Baylor
Visited UK: Will take an official visit to UK for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Kentucky is considered his favorite
Recent buzz:
9% of college coaches believe he will the best pro in the 2014 class
Blogs that he is “definitely excited” for Big Blue Madness
ESPN Insider believes it will come down to Kentucky and SMU
247’s Jerry Meyer still predicts Mudiay will come to UK, but isn’t as confident as he used to be about the pick
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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uparrowStanley Johnson
Small forward

6’6″, 200 lbs.
Santa Ana, California (Mater Dei)

Rivals: 8
ESPN: 12
Scout: 8
247: 2

Schools offered: Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Oregon, Duke, UCLA, and USC
Visited UK: Will take an official visit to UK for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Played on the same AAU team as Aaron Gordon
Recent buzz:
KSR’s recent profile of Johnson
Had an impressive run at adidas Nations
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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uparrowTrey Lyles
Power forward

6’10”, 245 lbs.
Indianapolis, Indiana (Arsenal Technical)

Rivals: 5
ESPN: 4
Scout: 4
247: 17

Considering: Butler, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville
Visited UK: 10/13/2012 for Big Blue Madness; 2/09/2013 for UK vs. Auburn; 3/09/2013 for UK vs. Florida; Will take an official visit to UK for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Used to be committed to Indiana but wised up
Recent buzz:
KSR’s recent profile of Lyles
11% of college coaches believe he will struggle in college
Father says he is friends with James Blackmon, Jr., but there is no tie in their recruitments
Will play in the Marshall County Hoopfest
Video: Played for Team Canada this summer

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Rashad Vaughn
Shooting guard

6’6″, 200 lbs.
Minneapolis, Minnesota (Robbinsdale Cooper)

Rivals: 7
ESPN: 11
Scout: 11
247: 9

Considering: Baylor, Iowa State, North Carolina, UConn, Kansas, Kentucky, UNLV, Arizona, GeorgeTown, UCLA, and Minnesota
Visited UK: May visit for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, where he will play with Kelly Oubre
Recent buzz:
Plans to be a one-and-done
Claims he has no favorites
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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Cliff Alexander
Center/Power forward

6’8″, 240 lbs.
Chicago, Illinois (Curie)

Rivals: 4
ESPN: 2
Scout: 6
247: 3

Considering: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, DePaul, Indiana, Memphis, Baylor and Arizona
Visited UK: 10/13/2012 for Big Blue Madness
Recent buzz:
Tweeted list of five official visits, Kentucky not included (tweet has since been deleted)
Jeff Goodman thinks UK has the 4th best chance of landing Alexander
16% of college coaches believe he will be the best pro of the 2014 class
Karl Towns says he and Alexander could “do really great things together” at UK
Video: Dunking highlights

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uparrowDevin Booker
Shooting guard

6’3″, 180 lbs.
Moss Point, Mississippi (Moss Point)

Rivals: 27
ESPN: 16
Scout: 31
247: 32

Considering: Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, Florida, Kentucky
Visited UK: Will take an official visit to UK for the Alumni Game on 9/9/2013
Fun fact: Has been compared to Steph Curry
Recent buzz:
Video: New highlights
Says at UK, you “can do everything in basketball you want to do”
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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uparrowJames Blackmon, Jr.
Shooting guard

6’2″, 175 lbs.
Marion, Indiana (Marion)

Rivals: 33
ESPN: 25
Scout: 57
247: 31

Considering: Kentucky, Indiana, North Carolina, Michigan State, Louisville, Florida, Minnesota, Memphis, Purdue, UCLA, Oklahoma State, UConn
Visited UK: Will make an unofficial visit to UK on 8/29; may take an official visit to UK for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Decommitted from Indiana on 8/8
Recent buzz:
Despite friendship, there is no tie between his and Trey Lyles’ recruitments
Video: New highlights
Pushed back unofficial visit to Louisville

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uparrowKelly Oubre
Small forward

6’7″, 190 lbs.
Ford Bend, Texas (Findlay Prep)

Rivals: 19
ESPN: 20
Scout: 28
247: 4

Considering: Kansas, Florida, Kentucky, Georgetown, Louisville, Oregon, UConn and UNLV
Visited UK: May visit UK for Big Blue Madness on 10/18
Fun fact: Will play with Rashad Vaughn at Findlay Prep this season; jumped onto UK’s radar after a good showing in the Peach Jam
Recent buzz:
Video: New highlights
Won MVP honors at the Big Strick Classic
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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uparrowTyler Ulis
Point guard

5’9″, 150 lbs.
Matteson, Illinois (Marian Catholic)

Rivals: 49
ESPN: 38
Scout: 41
247: 52

Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, Southern Cal and Iowa
Visted UK: Took an unofficial visit on 8/16/2014; will visit UK again on 9/9 for the Alumni Game
Fun fact: Got an offer from Calipari last Friday during his official visit
Recent buzz:
Says it was “great” to get an offer from Cal, has no timetable
Mike DeCourcy says he’s the 23rd best recruit in the country
Dad loves Cal’s history with point guards and getting players to the pros

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Justise Winslow
Small forward

6’5″, 208 lbs.
Houston, Texas (Saint John’s)

Rivals: 16
ESPN: 15
Scout: 13
247: 13

Considering: Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Stanford, Texas A&M, UCLA
Visited UK: Not yet
Fun fact: Got an offer after an impressive performance at the Peach Jam
Recent buzz:
Says he will cut his list in September
Has discussed playing with Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor
Video: Crazy dunk
Will participate in the Elite 24 game this weekend in New York

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Dante Exum
Point guard

6’5″
Canberra, Australia

It’s still not clear what Exum will do once he graduates high school in Australia in November. He could enroll in college for the second semester of the 2013-2014 season and then declare for the NBA Draft in June, or he could wait to enroll in college until the 2014-2015 season. Regardless, he has a scholarship offer from Kentucky, along with Indiana, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, and SMU.

OF INTEREST

downarrowJosh Perkins
Point guard, 6’2″, 175 lbs.

Rivals: 28; ESPN: 24; Scout: 18; 247: 37
Aurora, Colorado (Huntington Prep)
UK activity: Waiting for an offer from Cal
Recent buzz: Perkins is still waiting on an offer from Kentucky, but his father says the communication between his son and Cal has “died down a little bit.” Considering he’s announcing his decision on August 24th and Cal just gave an offer to Tyler Ulis, it doesn’t look like Perkins will be a Cat anytime soon.

downarrowMyles Turner
Center, 6’11” 225 lbs.

Rivals: 6; ESPN: 10; Scout: 5; 247: 7
Euless, Texas (Trinity High School)
UK activity: Still doesn’t have an offer from UK, but his father says that Cal wants to do an in-home visit with the family this fall. There has been talk between the staff and Turner about pairing him with Karl Towns on the interior.

downarrowIsaiah Whitehead
Shooting guard, 6’4″ 170 lbs.

Rivals: 17; ESPN: 35; Scout: 17; 247: 20
Brooklyn, New York (Lincoln)
UK activity: No recent activity

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