Hey, want some good news? Midnight Madness is less than a month away. And, it looks like Calipari is hard at work at getting some 2012 commitments before then.
This week, Cal visited Shabazz Muhammad, Alex Poythress, and Perry Ellis. Earlier this week, we told you how well his visit went with Shabazz (really well), so let’s take a look at his visits with Poythress and Ellis.
– Visit went “pretty good” and lasted several hours. Poythress was “glad to see Coach Cal” and he and his mother spent most of the night asking questions about how Alex would fit in the Kentucky system.
– Poythress and his mother were very impressed by the visit and said that Cal didn’t mention the NBA much, if at all, instead focusing on Kentucky and Alex’s potential role on the team. Poythress, who says he has no timetable to commit, has already visited with Vanderbilt and Florida, and a visit with Memphis is coming up this week. Kentucky’s next chance to impress him will be at Midnight Madness on October 14th. I think we can handle that.
On Friday, Cal went to Wichita, Kansas to visit Perry Ellis, Rivals’ #19th ranked player in the 2012 class. Immediately, Ellis and his mother were impressed, as Coach Cal and the gang showed up in suits:
“I was really impressed that the coaching staff was dressed in suits. It made a great first impression,” Ellis’ mother told Bluegrasshoops.com. “We first spoke about how Perry would fit into the Kentucky system and they told us how he was a perfect fit.”
Cal also showed Ellis a video of how he could fit into the system (something he is doing for all the recruits) and what to expect if he became a Kentucky Wildcat. Like perks such as the Wildcat Lodge and chartered jets to get the team to and from away games quickly, which pleased Ellis’ mother, who was worried how much class her son would miss because of games on the road.
Ellis’ mom also said that Cal told her son that playing in Kentucky would be tough, and he wouldn’t be guaranteed a starting spot coming in:
“He said, ‘I don’t promise starting, playing time, how many shots you are going to get. We try to bring in a lot of good players and Iâ€ˆdon’t want to promise anything because I don’t want you to fall back on what I said. Iâ€ˆam honest with everybody. We might bring two or three guys in at the same position and everybody will be fighting for that spot. We will be competitive and you will be playing with great kids in practice. I want you to know that.’”
Ellis is also considering Kansas, Kansas State, and Wichita State.