The spring live recruiting period rolled on this weekend, with major events going down in Indianapolis and Atlanta. John Calipari started the weekend at Nike and Under Armour events in Indy before flying to Atlanta to monitor his targets in the adidas circuit. Tony Barbee and Kenny Payne stayed in Indy all weekend, while Joel Justus held down the fort in Atlanta. In case you spent your weekend doing something other than waiting for recruiting news, here are the five things you need to know.
Marvin Bagley looked phenomenal
Bagley is the #1 player in the 2018 class and he’s proved why the past few weekends. The 6’11” big man leads the Nike circuit with 26.9 points and 14.7 rebounds per game and on Friday night, dropped 35 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in front of John Calipari and Kenny Payne. Unfortunately, Bagley’s team is still winless despite his brilliance, but he perked up when a reporter pointed out a giant poster of Anthony Davis on the wall behind him, prompting this quote via Kyle Tucker:
“It’s a great program, speaks for itself,” he said. “A lot of great NBA players went through Kentucky, and they’re doing great in the NBA now. Obviously, that’s my goal, to get to the NBA. Seeing that is always good, always great, so Kentucky is a great school.”
Kentucky is one of six schools on Bagley’s list, along with Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Southern Cal, and UCLA. After watching this mixtape, you’ll understand why landing him would be so important:
2019 stars Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis are visiting this week
Calipari hasn’t handed out any offers in the 2019 class yet, but two of the players he’s watched the most are five-star wings Bryan Antoine and Scottie Lewis, high school and AAU teammates that have played together since the 7th grade. Cal watched the two play Saturday night, and later this week, the duo will take unofficial visits to Louisville and Kentucky. As you can see in this mixtape, they’re pretty good at this basketball thing:
Cameron Reddish dropped 35 points
Many believe Duke’s the early leader for Reddish, but Calipari won’t concede him easily. Reddish dropped 35 points in a game at the EYBL event in Indy this weekend and doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to make a decision. Watch him work:
Javonte Smart loves John Wall
The 2018 five-star point guard doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky yet, but the Cats’ coaches kept a close eye on him this weekend and he told the Herald-Leader that he thinks an offer is coming soon. One reason Smart wants an offer from Calipari? John Wall, who he said is his favorite point guard in the NBA.
“John Wall is my favorite point guard,” he said. “He’s great, and Calipari coached him. That’s a great thing. … Everybody says you have to have that dog in you. He’s got that. And that’s what I want to learn from him.”
Should Calipari decide to put the full-court press on Smart, maybe Wall can do his old coach a solid and swing by Baton Rouge to see Smart play?
Zion Williamson and Quentin Grimes didn’t play
Williamson and Grimes both have offers from Kentucky but sat out this weekend, Williamson with a knee injury, Grimes with an illness. Williamson did do interviews, giving Evan Daniels an update on his recruitment. What was Kentucky’s pitch during a recent in-home visit?
“Don’t listen to the outside world on how they run things. It’s a family environment and they care about academics. Even if I was to go one-and-done I could still come back and get my school work and my degree. But basketball wise: Developing me as much as he can within those 6-8 months and see me improve.”
Come on down and be a superstar, Zion.