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KSR’s 2016 Basketball Recruiting Big Board

The summer contact period began on Sunday, which means John Calipari was able to start handing out more offers in the 2016 class. So far, six players have offers from UK: Thon Maker, Tyus Battle, Harry Giles, Udoka Azubuike, Jayson Tatum, and MJ Cage. Let’s get to know them and the other 2016 prospects on Kentucky’s radar…



Thon Maker
Power Forward
7′, 194 lbs.
Martinsville, VA (Carlisle School)

Top247: No. 3 overall, No. 2 PF
247 Sports Composite: No. 3 overall, No. 2 PF
Rivals: No. 3 overall
ESPN: No. 1 overall
Scout: No. 3 overall

Offers from: Kansas, Arizona, Georgetown, Louisville, Memphis, Miami, UNLV, Kentucky
Notable interest: Duke, North Carolina, Ohio State

Maker received an offer from the Cats on Sunday, and with good reason. He’s the most buzzed about prospect in the 2016 class, so good that he may reclassify to 2015. Maker is a phenom, a seven-footer with excellent guard skills who’s capable of dominating in the post and behind the arc. Maker says he plans to decide whether or not he’s reclassifying in January.

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Tyus Battle
Shooting guard
6’6″, 190 lbs.
Edison, NJ (Gill St. Bernard S. School)

Top247: No. 13 overall, No. 3 SF
247 Sports Composite: No. 11 overall, No. 3 SF
Rivals: No. 11 overall
ESPN: No. 19 overall
Scout: No. 7 overall

Offers from: Syracuse, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State, Cincinnati, UConn, Miami, Providence, Rhode Island, Rutgers, Seton Hall, SMU, Vandy, Villanova, Virginia, Washington, Xavier
Notable interest: Duke, North Carolina

Unofficial visit to Kentucky on 6/17/14

Battle visited Louisville and Kentucky on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and got offers on both visits. Battle said the offer was “very attractive,” and his father called the visit “the highest of the high.” He fits the frame of a typical Calipari shooting guard, and is dependable from the outside. Until UK offered, Syracuse was considered the favorite, but the Cats are picking up steam. He visits Duke in a few weeks.

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Harry Giles
Power Forward
6’10”, 210 lbs.
High Point, NC (Wesleyan Christian)

Top247: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PF
247 Sports Composite: No. 2 overall, No. 1 PF
Rivals: No. 2 overall
ESPN: No. 5 overall, No. 1 PF
Scout: No. 1 overall, No. 1 PF

Offers from: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Florida State, Georgetown, Maryland, Missouri, NC State, Ohio State, UNLV, Wake Forest

Unofficial visit to UK on 10/18/2013 (Big Blue Madness)

Giles was the unanimous number one prospect in 2016 until a knee injury sidelined him his entire sophomore season. He’s back on the court this summer, and UK, Duke, and UNC are considered his favorites. Giles has the size to be a force down low, but the skills of a wing, with range all the way to the three-point line. It’ll be interesting to see how he does on the summer circuit. He’s good friends with Jayson Tatum, who also has an offer from UK, and there are even rumblings that the two will be a package deal at the next level. Come on down, sirs.

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Udoka Azubuike
6’11”, 265 lbs.
Jacksonville, FL (The Potter’s House Christian Academy)

Top247: No. 14 overall, No. 1 C
247 Sports Composite: No. 9 overall, No. 1 C
Rivals: No. 15 overall
ESPN: No. 6 overall, No. 2 C
Scout: NR

Offers from: Duke, Kansas, Kentucky
Notable interest: UConn, Florida, Florida State

Azubuike, a native of Nigeria and no relation to Kelenna, has been called “Baby Shaq” for his massive size and dominance in the post. He’s been so impressive as of late that he got offers from three of the nation’s premiere programs–Duke, Kansas, and Kentucky–in a span of 24 hours earlier this week. He’s a true center, and even though he’s huge, he runs the floor well. He says he wants to go to a school that does well with big men. DeMarcus, Enes, Anthony, Nerlens, Willie, Dakari, Karl…I think I know of a place.

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Jayson Tatum
Shooting Guard
6’8″, 190 lbs.
St. Louis, MO (Chaminade)

Top247: No. 5 overall, No. 2 SG
247 Sports Composite: No. 4 overall, No. 2 SG
Rivals: No. 4 overall
ESPN: No. 3 overall, No. 2 small forward
Scout: No. 2 overall

Offers from: Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Duke, Illinois, Marquette, Memphis, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Saint Louis, Wake Forest

Unofficial visits to UK on 1/4/2014, 10/18/2013 (Big Blue Madness)

Calipari offered Tatum a scholarship over a year ago, and the Cats are considered one of his leaders, along with Kansas and Duke. He’s a smart, smooth, and versatile wing who can drive the lane and hit it from the outside. As I mentioned earlier, he’s good pals with Harry Giles, and the two may even be a package deal. What a sweet deal it would be.

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M.J. Cage
Power Forward
6’9″, 215 lbs.
Santa Ana, CA (Mater Dei)

Top247: No. 8 overall, No. 3 PF
247 Sports Composite: No. 22 overall, No. 6 PF
Rivals: No. 22 overall
ESPN: No. 37 overall, No. 10 PF
Scout: No. 24 overall

Offers from: Kentucky, San Diego State, UCLA, Arizona, Gonzaga, USC, Washington

Cage is the son of former NBA center Michael Cage, who played for Calipari when he coached the New Jersey Nets. He’s got a good frame and shooting touch, with excellent timing around the rim.

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Edrice Adebayo
Power Forward, Center
6’9″, 220 lbs.
Pinetown, NC (Northside)

Adebayo claims he has an offer from Kentucky, but that has yet to be confirmed. So far, he does have offers from North Carolina, NC State, Cincinnati, Kansas, Iowa State, Memphis, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. He’s a versatile big man that’s improving by leaps and bounds, and can move extremely well. For some reason, his nickname is Barn.

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Derryck Thornton
Point Guard
6’2″, 165 lbs.
Henderson, NV (Findlay Prep)

Will take an unofficial visit to UK on 6/21/2014

Thornton plays at the famous Findlay Prep, where he was on a team with Kelly Oubre, Rashad Vaughn, and Jonah Bolden. Thornton doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but that will likely change when he visits UK’s campus on Saturday.

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Josh Jackson
Shooting Guard
6’6″, 165 lbs.
Detroit, MI (Voyageur Consortium)

I’m not sure why Kentucky hasn’t offered Jackson yet, but surely it’s coming. Rivals considers him the top player in the class, and he’s an athletic, versatile wing with offers from Kansas, Florida State, Memphis, Ohio State, Oregon, and Texas A&M. Duke, Michigan, and Michigan State have yet to offer, but it’s only a matter of time.

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Josh Langford 
Combo Guard
6’6″, 200 lbs.
Madison, AL (Madison Academy)

Unofficial visit to UK on 10/18/2013 (Big Blue Madness)

Langford says he’s already heard from John Calipari this week, and has expressed a lot of interest in the Cats so far. Right now, Duke is dominating his Crystal Ball, but will an offer from Cal change that?

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Kobi Simmons
Point Guard
6’5″, 170 lbs.
Alpharetta, GA (St. Francis)

Unofficial visit to Kentucky on 9/9/2013 (Alumni Game)

Simmons had a monster spring, and is currently playing for Team USA in the adidas Eurocamp. Even though they haven’t offered yet, Kentucky is a heavy favorite over Kansas.

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Quentin Goodin
Point Guard
6’2″, 165 lbs.
Campbellsville, KY (Taylor County)

Unofficial visit to UK on 1/18/2014, 10/18/2013 (Big Blue Madness), 9/21/2013

With Kentucky and Louisville yet to offer, Indiana, Michigan, and Tennessee have made a surge for Goodin, but Kentucky’s still interested. John Robic went to see Goodin play back in late April, and he’ll play for the St. Louis Eagles this summer, the same EYBL team as Jayson Tatum.

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Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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14 responses to “KSR’s 2016 Basketball Recruiting Big Board”


    Giles has been injured every year since 7th grade. He is very injury prone. I predict a bust.

  2. Dave

    How is the Crystal Ball percentage calculated?

    1. ukbradstith

      Good question. Mathematically, you can’t even have percentages in these scenarios.

  3. Cheat 2 Win

    With Cal’s pay to play system, I’m sure he’ll get a few of these guys.

    1. UL - #1 in the country in trolls

      “If ya cant beat ’em, troll ’em.”

    2. We are Not Worthy!

      What a truly original take on things. I don’t believe we have witnessed such creativity and originality ever before. You must have a lot of friends and stuff, huh?

  4. UKgrad'13

    Would be nice to get Azubuike, we can always use a banger like him down in the post. This year we’ll have Dakari. It would be cool to see Ulis throwing up passes to Azubuike, plus it can’t hurt to have another Azubuike in the UK family.

    1. jmfatz47

      Hell yeah, Hell yeah. Azibuike is an Amazon warrior behemoth sequoian in the post! Multiple chest beatings possible.

  5. WCS Fan

    Good work Mrs TT, love checking out future Cats with videos.

  6. TC Cross

    When you are at the top everyone on the outside hates it. BBN

  7. Brian

    Jealous looser

  8. kyboy

    FYI Quentin Goodin was offered by Michigan over the weekend. He was pretty excited about it and so were some of his family members. -*cville native*

  9. Aaron Craft's Rosacea

    I hope Thon’s crystal ball is completely off-base. If he hits the weight room and goes on the Walter McCarty diet this kid is going to be unbelievable.

  10. ReverendBlue

    I’ll just go ahead and say it… This Thon Maker kid is a superstar in much the same way that Anthony Davis was. He is an athletic freak in the best possible sort of way. 7 feet tall, handles the ball like a point guard, can knock down the outside jumper, good moves in the post and off the dribble, blocks shots like a fiend. What is his game missing? All I’ve seen is the highlight film, but that’s all I needed to see of John Wall to know he was a baller too. Please, Cal, make this happen!