First off, I want to apoligize to those who thought this would be a Shagari post…it is not. Globetrotting also means “To travel often and widely, especially for sightseeing (thefreedictionary.com). Read on, you’ll get it.
Coming into this post, I quickly realized that I had a lot of little pieces of information that I wanted to get out there but none of which were story-worthy in and of themselves. UK popped up in conversations with a few new recruits, Cameron Clark played at the Manhattan Classic and I’ve received a few requests for more information on Jelan Kendrick. BlueChipBlogger.com recently rated both my quick wit and all-around writing ability in the 2-star category, so instead of relying on my journalistic skills and trying to stretch one of those stories into a full post, I figured I’d just give you the “quick hitter” or “globetrotting” version (get it?).
First, we’ll touch on five new guys on the UK recruiting scene. Just a quick note before we begin, if you think you’re reading the same scouting report over and over, you’re not…these at the type of guys Cal likes….athletic, wiry, athletic, tall, athletic:
– DeAndre Daniels was originally a 2010 recruit but reclassified into the 2011 class. Scout.com rates him as a 4-star power forward. At 6’8″ 180 lbs. , he’s the classic “wing in a wiry power forward’s body” or “tweener”, as those rowdy kids like to say, and his game receives the same praise and criticism as the rest of his category. Daniels’ has range to shoot the jump shot and he’s athletic but he will need to work on his post moves and try to become more consistent on his outside jumper to make himself most useful at the next level.
– Ramon Eaton is ranked as the #5 small forward according to Scout. Again this is a prospect with length and athleticism. Eaton is a nice canvas for coaches to begin working with. He is a very gifted athlete but he could afford to work on improving his jump shot and his decision making. That said, he looks to be one of the top prospects at his position for the 2011 class.
– Keaton Miles is another 2011 wing that UK has expressed interest in. Scout rates him as 3 star prospect. He is another example of the classic “tweener,” with his abilities to take his man to the rack and shoot jumpers while sporting a 6’6″ 210 lb. frame at this stage in his development. The Big 12 conference is collectively recruiting Miles and he noted to Rivals that Kansas is one of the programs that he is loving the attention from as he recognizes the history that the Jayhawks and Bill Self have with readying players for the next level. I would try to think of something clever to write here about how Calipari has also sent players to the NBA but I don’t have time to think of anything because I’m in a hurry to pick up my Derrick Rose boxer short/pj set at the dry cleaners at 2 (as if I’d ever machine wash ’em, guys…c’mon…he WAS the #1 pick).
– Shane Larkin is another 2011 prospect that UK is watching, according to Clark Francis of Hoop Scoop. There’s not a lot of info out there on this kid but he did have a good showing at the Bob Gibbons tourney recently. Red’s fans may recognize the last name because he is the son of former shortstop Barry Larkin. Here’s about the best scouting report I could find on Shane, from Espn and his profile on his high school team page.
– Keala King is the latest 2010 prospect to make a blip on the UK radar screen. He is a combo guard that Rivals has pegged as a 3 star while Scout says….ehhhhhh we’ll give him 2. He played for while behind Texas-bound Jordan Hamilton so the scouts might get to see the real Keala unleashed this season. He’s a pass first lefty who can work his way into the lane and while his jumper isn’t always consistent he does have the ability to take bumps and finish well at the rim. Expect the scouts to get a better guage on Keala’s all around game as he takes his turn in the spotlight.
The second bit of news is Cameron Clark continuing his fine AAU season at the Manhattan Classic in Kansas this weekend. Cameron has excelled at every stop along his AAU tour and the only knock on his game has been his ability to stay consistent on the offensive side but that will come with time and practice. He has all the tools to be an unstoppable force when he is on. He can make the three pointer, move quickly in transition, beat his man off the dribble and put the ball in the hoop. He also receives extra praise for his team first mentality and his willingness to attack the glass on both the offensive and defensive ends. He’s a Texas boy that the Big 12 is trying to keep close to home but all the big boy schools are calling. Expect more to jump on the Cameron Clark bangwagon as the summer circuit continues.
Lastly, a few quick notes on Jelan Kendrick. He’s a point forward from Georgia that UK was recruiting during the Gillispie-era. During that time he noted to Kentucky Sports Report that he was keeping a close eye on what was happening with Meeks, another Georgia product. He also noted that he would like to get to Kentucky for an unofficial visit at some point. He still has the offer from UK on the table but the interest level with the new regime isn’t quite well known yet. He boasts 29 offers and no I’m not going to type them all out. We’ll just say that Kentucky is one of them and Georgia, along with Georgia Tech, are trying to keep the boy at home. At 6’6″ 180 lbs he has good hands and above average passing ability. His court vision allows him to find his teammates in the best possible situation, improving his team’s overall offensive capabilities. He would like to play the point position at the next level. Kendrick doesn’t plan on making a decision until sometime into his senior season.
That’s all for now. Continue to send your recruiting questions along with your name (if you want that posted) and I’ll get to them on Friday. With most of the questions being duplicates (by the way I don’t know if Matt wears boxer or briefs so just quit) there’s a good chance your question will be answered. Send them to [email protected]