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Could 2014 Recruiting Include a Three-Player Package Deal?

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Believe it or not, this post is about basketball recruiting.  Crazy, with all the football news flying around and #2 national rankings we’ve been picking up, right?  I promise, the next post will be about football (there’s an announcement at 5:30 that we’ll have for you, so stay tuned).

But three of the top recruits in 2014 are talking to each other, and maybe considering being a “package deal” to whatever school they pick.  Two player package deals aren’t all that uncommon in today’s college basketball environment; elite players find teammates they like, why not spend their year or two in college together?  This year’s team recruited each other pretty well, starting with the Harrisons, who might have done as much as the assitant coaches in bringing the other guys on board.

A three-player package deal, though?  Well, that’s something to pay attention to.  Zagsblog reports that Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones, and Jahlil Okafor have been talking about playing in tandem through college.  The only problem with that?  Winslow’s list of 10 schools doesn’t include UK.  That’s not an insurmountable hurdle, especially with so much time left before they’ll have to commit, but it does give some perspective to the recruiting process for all three.  Because the trio unanimously list Duke, plenty feel like the Blue Devils are the favorites.  However, if there’s one thing college basketball has learned over the last four years, it’s to never count out Calipari and Kentucky when it comes to recruiting.

Just ask Lorenzo Romar.

Stay tuned for 5:30, when 4-star wide receiver Derek Kief announces between Kentucky, Ohio State, and Alabama. Keep your fingers crossed for Yahtzee.

Article written by Corey Nichols

17 Comments for Could 2014 Recruiting Include a Three-Player Package Deal?



  1. BBN.
    4:18 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Whatever give me Mudiay Johnson Booker Vaughn and Lyles



  2. Move on
    4:24 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    We aren’t getting Jones and Okafor, end of story. Mudiay and Towns are our point guard/center combo. Cliff Alexander or Trey Lyles are the likely PF targets. Really hinges on how many players leave for the draft.



  3. BBN.
    4:44 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Mich St. leads for Alexander so I think we get Lyles which is fine with me.



  4. Katdaddy
    4:48 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    They’re all duke bound.



  5. Jeremy Hacker
    4:49 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    I think Mudiay, Towns, Booker & Johnson the prime targets for UK in this class.



  6. jmfatz47
    4:58 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cliff Alexander will be a Cat. And he will break down backboards!



  7. Matt Whalen
    5:22 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    I believe Lyle, likely committing to UL, will give some pull for Lyles to go UL. NOT saying that will happen, just considering they play AAU ball and are good friends plus UL has picked up a little bit of ground with Lyles.

    I honestly don’t know who we will land between Alexander and Lyles, but kind of hope Lyles because him and Johnson have talked about going to school together.



  8. Fernandus "Snake" Vinson
    5:32 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Cal is gonna get all three of them from Duke plus Moody



  9. catfandan
    5:40 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    I promise, the next post will be about football (there’s an announcement at 5:30 that we’ll have for you, so stay tuned).

    Its 5:40. Where is the news????



  10. LOL
    5:50 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    It says there is an announcement at 5:30…..then it says that they will have that for you. The announcement is at 5:30, not the post. The post can be anytime after 5:30. By the way, it involves a Kentucky Football Recruit that has Kentucky on his short list. Could he commit?



  11. Big Blue friend
    5:51 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Probably 5:30 pm Central Time



  12. doc18uk
    5:54 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Twitter stated announcement at around 5 pm central



  13. doc18uk
    5:57 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Per Ben Roberts on twitter, WR target TV Williams to anounce on July 9.



  14. Lezgo
    6:00 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    It says a little after 6pm on twitter.



  15. Lezgo
    6:00 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    Derek’s announcement will be a little after 6pm due to technical difficulties. Stay tuned. @DKief10



  16. BBN
    6:21 pm June 16, 2013 Permalink

    All three will choose Duke.



  17. J A Brooks
    9:28 am June 17, 2013 Permalink

    I don’t really care about Jones and okafor. Call me crazy but I like Mudiays ceiling more in our system and were probably gonna be stacked with bugs in 2014 already. Johnson Towns Lee and Wiltjer could all be on that team.

    Get mudiay and some sharpshooter guards and were set (Vaughn and Booker would be nice)