You know what sounds like the ideal evening after a win against Auburn at home if you’re a coach? Well to me, I’d like to go home and relax after a day’s work. But not at UK – our coaches are working 24-7, as the recruiting world never stops spinning. Last night Coach Orlando Antigua did a little recruiting work. See below:
MiKyle McIntosh – 6’6 SF (2013) – Jackson, KY
According to @AdamZagoria and YouTube, Coach O sprinted down the road after the Auburn game to check out McIntosh again. Antigua watched McIntosh Friday night as well, but the kid tweaked his knee in the second quarter and only ended up with 5 points because of that. Looks like Antigua thought it was worth his time to go back Saturday night and see how he did.
Emmanuel Owootoah – 5’10 PG (2013) – Cordia, KY
Again according to Zagoria, Antigua has been on touch with former-Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes, who is Owootah’s coach at Cordia. Rhodes says he has never spoke with Coach Cal (ever), so this recruitment seems to be in the ever-ongoing ‘just checking in’ phase, as the UK staff is very accustomed to doing these days. With the 2013 class already packed full of insane talent, it is tough to see the Cats going for either of the home-state kids listed here. But worth keeping an eye on.
Zylan Cheatham 6’7 PF (2014) – Westwind Prep, AZ
This recruitment story is a little off topic and likely will not involved UK in the long run, but Garrett Tucker recalled an interesting story from Cheatham on his relationship with Antigua on this piece. Coach O made the trip to Arizona to watch Zylan, but did not extend an offer. This story does provide some interesting insight into O’s methods. Check out Cheatham’s quote, who claims O’s encouragement was very helpful, from the article:
“Coach [Orlando] Antigua told me he wanted to see how I reacted when I played against someone of my skill-level, size, and athleticism. He told me to keep working and some of the things that I needed to be working on, and that he would be following me in the future. The constructive criticism he gave me meant a lot. He is a great coach, so it’s hard to not listen to what he was saying.”
Nothing major going on, but the recruiting wheels are always in motion these days.