The Class of 2010 is shaping up to be one of the most important in recent history for the Cats. Prior to that group of youngsters coming in, the Cats will lose their current Junior class, which will include Jodie Meeks, Ramon Harris, Michael Porter, Perry Stevenson and Kevin Galloway. Five scholarships will be lost and the class provides Billy Clyde with his first major chance to completely reshape the team to his making. He is already off to a tremendous start. He has a commitment from Dominique Ferguson who, to everyone not named Tipton, is a star in the making and could finish as a Top 10 player. In addition, he has a commitment from KC Ross-Miller and Dakotah Euton, two guys that he went after early in his tenure and whose future will be interesting to watch over the next year.
But a name that has been rising up the charts and has UK potential all over it is SF Harrison Barnes.. Harrison is from Ames, Iowa, once a stop on the Matt Jones-Turkey Hunter tour of America and also the home of the Iowa State Cyclones. For a while Barnes was a bit of a sleeper and mentioned only Iowa State as his top school. But then UK started showing interest and those around him began to hint the Cats might be the leader. Now the rest of the world is seeing what Gillispie saw early. His summer game has moved him to the #6 ranked SF in the class and his offers now extend throughout Big Ten and Big 12 country. But, with the early movement by Gillispie, UK is still atop the charts for him and he is planning on visiting this summer.
In addition, he will be in Kentucky this week for the Eddie Ford AAU Tournament that will take place in Louisville. I will be at some of those games and many players, including Harrison will be in attendance. As we sort through the names that UK will give a look this summer, keep Barnes’s name in the back of your mind. Something tells me that he will end up one of the core 4 or 5 guys that UK will focus its efforts on throughout his Junior season.