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 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 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.
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.