(Things are just a little different in the state of Kentucky…)
The state of Kentucky has long been known for its basketball tradition of excellence and passion. Between the University of Kentucky’s gold standard basketball program, and the KHSAA Sweet Sixteen–which is one of the most highly anticipated high school state championships in the country… basketball is the king pin in the Bluegrass. Between Louisville and Kentucky’s recent success in college basketball, along with the growth of programs such as Murray State, Morehead State and Bellarmine, the college side of the prominence and excellence has been holding up its end of the bargain. The high school side of things though has been a little down in recent years in the state of Kentucky. Kentucky has been producing a player or two each year (ex: Scotty Hopson, Darius Miller, Jon Hood, Dominique Hawkins) who fall into the category of a “high profile Division I prospect,” but the overall talent pool has been a bit down in recent years. The next two to three classes in the state of Kentucky though are loaded with more talent than we’ve seen lately, and many of these players are drawing serious Division I consideration.
With the increase in talent across the state, and the success of guys like Jarrod Polson and the anticipated success of Dominique Hawkins at Kentucky, will we see a few of these names pop up in the future as Kentucky Wildcats?
According to Rivals, Snider has offers from UCONN, Marquette, Memphis, Minnesota, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, UCLA, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
According to Rivals, Davis has an offer from Texas Tech and interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and UCLA.
According to Rivals, Martin has offers from Saint Louis, Texas Tech and Xavier as well as interest from Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Minnesota and Missouri.
Painstville Johnson Central
According to Rivals, Hall has drawn interest from Alabama, Indiana, Louisville, Purdue and UAB.
7’0 C (Sophomore)
According to Rivals, Long still does not yet have any offers, but his size might begin to draw interest in the near future.
6’2 SG (Junior)
Knott Co. Central
According to Rivals, Justice has offers from Tennessee, UAB and Western Kentucky, as well as interest from Butler, Clemson and Wake Forest.
James “Beetle” Bolden
6’0 PG (Junior)
According to Rivals, Bolden has offers from Ohio, Purdue and Xavier, as well as interest from Cincinnati and Eastern Kentucky.
6’2 G (Sophomore)
According to Rivals, Goodin has drawn interest from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue and Tennessee. At this point, Goodin has not received offers from those schools.