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2014 Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Big Board




Karl Towns

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

Rivals: 11
Scout: 8
247: 4

Committed to Kentucky on 12/04/2012
Recent buzz:
Outplayed 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman at the NBAP Top 100
Went 1-on-1 against former NBA player Jerome Williams
Can’t wait to get to UK and win a national championship



Jahlil Okafor

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

Rivals: 1
Scout: 1
247: 2

Final eight: Arizona, Baylor, Duke, Illinois, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan State and Ohio State
Visited UK: Not yet
Visit from Cal: 9/28/2012
Fun Fact: Has said he wants to be a package deal with Tyus Jones
Recent buzz:
Made the final cut for the FIBA USA U19 squad
Kentucky makes his final eight
Blogs that UK “speaks for itself,” has good relationship with Cal and Coach O


Tyus Jones
Point guard

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

Rivals: 3
Scout: 2
247: 1

Schools offered: Baylor, Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State
Visited UK: Yes, came to the Kentucky/Texas A&M game on 1/12/2013
Visit from Cal: 9/10/2012, 11/27/2012, 12/08/2012, 3/20/2013
Fun fact: Had a granny recruit him to UK during his visit
Recent buzz:
Wants to be part of a package deal with Okafor AND Justise Winslow, a 2014 SF the Cats have not offered
ESPN profile calls him a “balanced, intelligent, skilled and deliberate” point guard


Emmanuel Mudiay
Point guard

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

Rivals: 2
Scout: 3
247: 3

Schools offered: Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, Oklahoma State, SMU, St. John’s, Texas
Visited UK: Not yet
Visit from Cal: 9/10/2012, 1/04/2013
Fun fact: Kentucky is considered his favorite
Recent buzz:
Our own Ally Tucker did an excellent profile of Mudiay last week
Opened up to Evan Daniels about his recruitment and playing against Josh Perkins
Stood out at the Pangos All-American Camp
Visited SMU yesterday


Stanley Johnson
Small forward

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

Rivals: 12
ESPN: 12
Scout: 17
247: 7

Schools offered: Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, Florida, Oregon, Duke, UCLA, and USC
Visited UK: Not yet
Visit from Cal: 9/11/2012
Fun fact: Played on the same AAU team as Aaron Gordon
Recent buzz:
Johnson says he has no leader
Says Kentucky and Arizona recruiting him the hardest, Cats will get official visit this fall
Named the Most Outstanding Player at the Pangos All-American Camp


Trey Lyles
Power forward

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

Rivals: 4
Scout: 4
247: 12

Schools offered: Butler, Duke, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, UCLA
Visited UK: 10/13/2012 for Big Blue Madness; 2/09/2013 for UK vs. Auburn; 3/09/2013 for UK vs. Florida
Visit from Cal: 9/10/2012, 12/08/2012, 12/16/2012 (Antigua)
Fun fact: Used to be committed to Indiana but wised up
Recent buzz:
Will play for Canadian Junior National Team
Had a sick dunk at the Team Canada Red and White game
Kentucky and Louisville considered the frontrunners


Rashad Vaughn
Shooting guard

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

Rivals: 6
ESPN: 11
Scout: 13
247: 12

Schools offered: Baylor, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Illinois, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Syracuse, Texas
Visited UK: Not yet
Visit from Cal: 9/21/2012
Fun fact: Vaughn will transfer to Huntington Prep, where he will play with Josh Perkins
Recent buzz:
Had a pair of nasty dunks during the Clash of the Classes a while back
UK considered a frontrunner, along with UNC
Stood out at the Pangos All-American camp, hoping to narrow his list by the end of June


Cliff Alexander
Center/Power forward

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

Rivals: 5
Scout: 5
247: 10

Schools offered: Kentucky, Michigan State, DePaul, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue, Tennessee, Wisconsin
Visited UK: 10/13/2012 for Big Blue Madness
Visit from Cal: 11/30/2012, 12/16/2012 (Antigua), 4/22/2013
Recent buzz:
ESPN Insider says UK, Michigan State, Illinois, and Kansas are ALL frontrunners
Stock is rising due to impressive summer league play
Visiting Kansas this week
Says he can play with Karl Towns at UK
The rumored package deal between him, Okafor, and Jones “doesn’t really matter” to Alexander
Recently beat Antoine Walker’s team in a Pro-Am


Devin Booker
Shooting guard

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

Rivals: 23
ESPN: 16
Scout: 23
247: 29

Favorite schools: Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Duke, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Stanford and Kentucky
Visited UK: Not yet
Visit from Cal: 4/23/2013
Fun fact: Has been compared to Steph Curry
Recent buzz:
Detroit Free Press predicts Michigan State will get Booker and Cliff Alexander
Booker said over the weekend he texts with Cal “on a day to day basis,” will take an unofficial visit soon
Went head to head with NBA all-star Andre Iguodala at the NBAP Top 100 Camp


Myles Turner
Center, 6’11” 225 lbs.

Rivals: 78; ESPN: 10; Scout: NR; 247: 4
Euless, Texas (Trinity High School)
UK activity: Spoke to Cal Monday night, Cal expressed interest but did not offer yet.
Recent buzz: Voted best performer at NBAP Top 100 Camp

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

Rivals: 42; ESPN: 24; Scout: 26; 247: 20
Aurora, Colorado (Regis Jesuit) [Will play at Huntington Prep this fall]
UK activity: Waiting for an offer from Cal
Recent buzz: Held his own against Emmanuel Mudiay earlier this month
His father talked to Cal on Sunday, and Cal said he will be watching him this summer
Karl Towns approves

Abdul Malik Abu
Power forward, 6’7″, 233 lbs.

Rivals: 50; ESPN: 44; Scout: 79; 247: 71
Meriden, New Hampshire (Kimball Union Academy)
UK activity: Cal called him and told him he’d be watching him the rest of the summer

Jalen Lindsey
Small forward, 6’6″, 180 lbs.

Rivals: 30; ESPN: 32; Scout: 25; 247: 54
Nashville, Tennessee (just transferred to Huntington Prep)
UK activity: Exchanges texts with UK assistants

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

Rivals: 19; ESPN: 35; Scout: 43; 247: 22
Brooklyn, New York (Lincoln)
UK activity: Cal visited him on 3/22/2013, has said Kentucky is his dream school

Goodluck Okonoboh
Center, 6’9″ 220 lbs.

Rivals: 34; ESPN: 19; Scout: 37; 247: 19
Wilbraham, Massachusetts (Wilbraham and Monson Academy)
UK activity: Cal visited him on 10/03/2012, was the one to tell Nerlens to grow a flat top
Recent buzz: Got a scholarship offer from Duke last week

Craig Victor
Power forward, 6’8″ 200 lbs.

Rivals: 24; ESPN: 31; Scout: 19; 247: 36
New Orleans, Louisiana (Saint Augustine)
UK activity: Cal visited on 3/28/2013; Victor called Kentucky “America’s team” last week, still waiting for an offer

Leron Black
Power forward, 6’7″ 215 lbs.

Rivals: 16; ESPN: 36; Scout: 20; 247: 35
Memphis, Tennessee (White Station)
UK activity: Decommitted from Baylor on 1/03/2013, has said he “loves” UK and Coach Cal

Ryan Skovranko
Small forward, 6’8″, 200 lbs.
Not rated
Midland, Pennsylvania (Lincoln Park)
UK activity: Cal visited him on 2/25/2013 and invited him and his team to watch UK practice in Pittsburgh on 3/18/2013

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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15 Comments for 2014 Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Big Board

  1. UK
    8:02 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    D’Angelo Russell is committed to Ohio St. Just saying.

  2. Mack
    8:11 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Take him from the list if he is going to Huntington Prep after this season recruiting results.

  3. TimA
    8:19 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink


  4. Bilbo
    8:25 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Give me mundiay…Booker Alexander and black and we are good

  5. Is it just me?
    8:38 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Lyles just looks like he would go to louisville and booker looks like a duke player

  6. Steve
    9:09 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Stanley Johnson looks like Boom Williams. Also, I’m willing to bet the groom in the post prior to this one has spent time in jail.

  7. FlashOfBlue
    9:11 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Trevor Lacey to NC State. He could have had it all……

  8. drew
    9:31 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Mudiay Vaughn Johnson Alexander/Lyles and Towns. Mark it down!!!!

  9. tyrus
    9:39 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    Nice post Mrs. T. I like Cliff A.

  10. tyson
    10:03 pm June 19, 2013 Permalink

    thanks for the post MTT.

  11. Bob
    7:40 am June 20, 2013 Permalink

    Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones look like dookies.

  12. Jordan
    1:11 pm June 20, 2013 Permalink

    How can Scout give Myles Turner a N/R, not alot better with #78 on Rivals, but 24/7 has him #4? no sense

  13. CatsFanFrankfort
    5:29 pm June 20, 2013 Permalink

    Towns, Mudiay, Johnson, Vaughn & Alexander. (If we dont get the Okafor – Jones package deal). That should still get us the #1 class…