Yesterday, CBS Sports’ “Candid Coaches” series told us that 49% of college coaches consider John Calipari the best recruiter in the game. Today’s anonymous survey deals with the 2014 class, and who coaches believe will be the best pro of the group:
Jahlil Okafor: 50 percent
Cliff Alexander: 16 percent
Myles Turner: 9 percent
Emmanuel Mudiay: 9 percent
Tyus Jones: 7 percent
Karl Towns: 5 percent
Others receiving votes: Trey Lyles
Obviously, Towns is the only UK commitment on the list, but probably not for long. Mudiay and Lyles will visit for Big Blue Madness, while Okafor will come to town for the Alumni Game on September 9th. Jones will follow on September 27th. Turner and Alexander haven’t planned visits to Kentucky.
Here’s what one coach had to say about Towns:
“He has a chance to do to the center spot what Magic Johnson did to the point guard spot. He can change the position. That’s not an exaggeration. He can be an NBA superstar. The only thing that stops him is if his people mess him up and get him to be entitled. But he has skills, IQ, strength, motor. And he’s a smart, coachable, personable kid.”
From everything we’ve heard about Towns so far, I seriously doubt he will develop a bad attitude, but that’s some high praise. Now, it’s time for the other dominos in the class to drop.
My predictions for UK’s 2014 class: