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DeCourcy Profiles UK Targets From The Peach Jam

Last week at the Peach Jam when not fielding questions from Ryan Lemond about college basketball adopting the shirts vs. skins rule Mike DeCourcy was watching some basketball. Unsurprisingly the guys that popped up on his Future Stars list where some of the same guys Kentucky has been watching very closely. Guys like:

Luke Kennard

Luke went from a guy who was drawing a bit of interest from the Kentucky staff to having an offer by the end of the week. Here’s what Decourcy had to say about why,

How many trips up and down the court did it take to recognize he was an elite talent? Three or four? By the time I’d seen him play about 30 minutes, I was tweeting out that he was a player college fans would want to remember. Before the weekend was done, he’d picked up scholarship offers from Duke, Kentucky and Michigan State.

Like his teammate with King James, rugged 6-5 wing Kyle Ahrens of Versailles, Ohio, Kennard plays with exceptional toughness and determination. But Kennard separates himself with an extraordinary 3-point touch. And he has a feel for the game that, at once, demonstrates he has been well-coached and goes beyond what a coach can provide. Kennard understands how to make an impact on a basketball game.

Trey Lyles

Trey once seemed like a lock to be a Wildcat and while now it is a two horse race with Louisville many think he will still end up in Lexington. Just who can you compare the dynamic forward to though?

Bob McAdoo. Lyles’ upright, economical approach and lean frame hasn’t really been seen on a terrific post player for nearly four decades, and that’s why I wondered if his stats would translate against higher competition.

Lyles told the Twitter world during Peach Jam he is down to Butler, Florida, Kentucky and Louisville.

Still recovering from an injury that developed when he tore through more veteran frontcourt players at the FIBA U17 World Championship, Lyles made only a brief appearance at Peach Jam. I was fortunate to see the one full game he played, however, and like McAdoo he owned the lane for 8-of-14 shooting, 21 points and 14 rebounds.

Malik Newman

By many accounts Malik was the star of the Peach Jam and could be considered the second best player in America right now. As a result Newman has a high shot output which drew a bit of criticism.

Newman needed to play only one game at Peach Jam to start the chucking. He took 28 shots, and off they went. What did they say? Shoots too much.

We do not complain about Chris Davis hitting too many home runs or Adrian Peterson gaining too many yards, but we gripe about Kobe Bryant or Carmelo Anthony shooting too much, even if they’re the best in the league at shooting and scoring.

Newman had better get used to this, and he’d better not listen. Because what he has developed as a scorer is special and, in the current environment, unique. He attacks defenses as relentlessly and ruthlessly as any recent player, and it paid off with 22.2 points per game at Peach Jam.

With all stars in both the 2014 and 15 class looking like Kentucky leans the future is very bright in the bluegrass. I can’t wait to see all three suited up in the blue and white.

 

Article written by Andrew Cassady

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7 Comments for DeCourcy Profiles UK Targets From The Peach Jam



  1. Oh_face
    8:55 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Those were the best pictures you could find?



  2. BigBlueSexMachine
    9:01 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    I hate to be “that guy” but 22 points on 28 shots is NOT good my friend



  3. wedding planner
    10:44 pm July 16, 2013 Permalink

    Kennards granpa is a season ticket holder for UK basketball.. upper deck..

    Slam dunk



  4. Blueinlou
    12:05 am July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Really? Trey Lyles’s game is unlike anyone since Bob McAdo?



  5. Usernametaken
    12:41 am July 17, 2013 Permalink

    You’re seriously comparing a baseball player who hits home runs when it’s his scheduled turn at bat to someone who selfishly chucks up too many shots in basketball?



  6. Just saying
    8:59 am July 17, 2013 Permalink

    Count me in as getting tired of this. UK fan my whole life, and love the recruiting drama, and I may be the only one left that feels this way, but I’m really getting fatigued with needing to recruit “5 out of the top 15” EVERY year just to have a starting 5. I miss the days when we had solid 3 or 4 year guys on he team, and we added one or two studs every year.
    We’re expecting 7 guys to leave for the NBA this year, and poison and hood to graduate. Now we’re not getting “the top guys”. This sounds exactly like what happen last year. The whole team left, Shabazz and Bennett turned us down and the class as a whole was weak…NIT.

    I said last year we would set a record for most NBA draft picks to ever come off a NIT te.am (was expecting WCS and AP to leave). And if we don’t win it all this year well once again set a record for 7 guys leaving after a non-championship year, just to set up a following recruiting class that is simply not spectacular



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    3:28 pm July 18, 2013 Permalink

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