Lots of stuff to catch you guys up on today. The last prospect on my list of “top” UK targets was Brandon Knight. I’ve already been able to contact and update everyone else’s recruitment (besides Harrison Barnes,) and today I was able to cross the last name off my list (which means that I now just basically have to start all over again). So, on this gloomy Louisville Saturday, we’ll start with the #1 point guard in 2010, Brandon Knight. Then we’ll move on to the #1 point guard in 2011, Marquis Teague, and, finally, we’ll finish it all up with a few updates on UK recruits from other sources. Enjoy:
Brandon’s father gave me an update this morning, basically going over how everything was with Brandon’s recruitment and whether there were any new developments to report. Mr. Knight said that in-home visits and official visits had been set up but that he didn’t have the information because his wife had the calendar. Right as he was finishing up telling me about where his wife was headed, the family dog took off into the neighbor’s yard and Mr. Knight gave him what I’ll just call “a little talking to.” The phone was handed over to Brandon, who began to tell me about Kansas’ involvement.
Brandon said, “Yeah, they’re definitely involved. [Coach] Self has called me a couple times, so if I was to make a list, they’d definitely ben on it.”
I then asked Brandon about his father’s comment to a local paper in the Miami Herald about his son’s top three, which he said at the time were Connecticut, Miami (FL) and Kentucky. Knight explained that he hadn’t read that particular article but, “I guess you could say that. I do talk to them a lot but I’m not really sure when he said that.”
Kentucky seems to attract a ton of guard interest now that they’ve wooed Calipari into Lexington. Knight explained that he too has felt that same pull. “With Calipari’s good track record with guards and helping them get better, it only makes them more attractive.”
Knight then started to tell me about the plans for in-home visits and official visits but he wasn’t sure about the exact dates either and also said that his mom would be the best person to talk to. He was able to tell me that the middle of September would be when the in-home visits would occur.
Next up it was Momma. Turgenia was driving when I called her, so I told her we could just keep it short and sweet or she could even call me back. Mrs. Knight, always accomodating, humorous and extremely polite, said she was fine to talk because “what else is there to do while driving anyways?” she laughed. There’s a few important things to pass along to you guys from our conversation.
First, the rumored “family or friend” that the Knight’s have living in the Lexington area is a “family friend”. This friend was, oddly enough, the person Turgenia was driving to pick up at the airport.
Secondly, although she couldn’t get the calendar right then, while driving, she was able to tell me that Brandon does have in-home and official visits scheduled. She wasn’t sure that these dates were completely correct but she will be giving me a call back later tonight and I’ll update you guys with the changes. At this point, she was able to tell me that UK will have an in-home visit around the middle of September (she said, “I believe either the 13th, 14th or 15th) and she also thinks that UK will be getting an official visit around the middle of September as well. Again, this will all be updated later tonight and I’ll pass it along to you. I thought about not including this until later tonight, when the dates were solid, but I figured…why not…it’s Saturday and KSR readers are probably in black out mode already anyways. They won’t even remember this post tomorrow.
The last bit of information came after I asked what Mrs. Knight thought about Mr. Knight’s quote in the Miami Herald about the top schools for his son. She said, “Well, that’s probably true. Brandon’s top 5 are UConn, Kentucky, Kansas, Miami (Florida), and Florida.”
I then told Mrs. Knight thank you for her time and I also told her that she and her husband have done a wonderful job of raising Brandon and that he is always very polite to all the media members and consistently answers all questions thoroughly and seems very gracious and humble. She answered, “Well thank you, he better be!!” Nice family who has a lot of things to look forward to with their son.
Marquis Teague is scheduled to be on campus today. After they head back to Indiana, I’ll try to get ahold of the them for an update. I do want to make one thing clear though: Marquis will most likely not commit while on campus, even if he was completely blown away by the visit. His father has consistently said that the family will remove themselves from the emotional high of the visit and sit down at home and discuss their options before making any final decisions.
That doesn’t mean that UK can’t seal up a commitment today though. Marquis had originally wanted to commit earlier in the year but has postponed that decision many times, in order to explore other opportunities. The point is that they might be ready to end it all.
The Boost Mobile Elite 24 was played last night in Rucker Park. Well…it was supposed to be played in Rucker Park but because of the weather, it was moved into the gym of Doron Lamb’s AAU team, the NY Gauchos. This leads to some news that I am extremely upset to have to pass onto you: The game will no longer be televised on ESPNU tonight. We had even planned on possibly doing a live blog for the event so that makes it twice as disappointing for me.
Not sure if this was also due to the game being played in the Gauchos Gym but Doron Lamb took home co-MVP honors with Tobias Harris. Lamb had 23 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Harris pitched in 20 points. Roscoe Smith had 22, Barnes and Barton had 18, and Joe Jackson had 10 for the Skip to My Lou team, which beat “The Goat” team 133-120.
Leading “The Goat” with 16 points was Kyrie Irving and Myck Kabongo. CJ Leslie had 15 points and 11 rebound and Dion Waiters had 15 as well.
The story of the night, according to Adam Zagoria, was Josh Selby’s highlight reel dunks (see below, and yes that UNC’s Kendall Marshall avoiding posterization). For a complete summary of the game, go read Zag’s Blog’s here.
Other recruiting notes:
– For those of you who are just getting into recruiting now that the AAU season is over and visits are starting to occur, make sure you’re following along on twitter since I can’t always be around the computer and the world of recruiting moves fast.
– This NBE Basketball recruiting notebook has a few different updates that pertain to UK recruits.
– Doron Lamb, Kyrie Irving, Angel Nunez, Sterling Gibbs and a few other kids that have been associated with UK, at one time or another, played today in the Nike Tournament of Champions at Goat Park in NYC. Busy time for Doron and Kyrie, who just got finished playing in the Boost Mobile Event last night.
– If you have a Rivals subscription, you should check out this article on big 2012 center DaJuan Coleman. He promises to be a top 10 player in his class and, although he’s thought to be a big Syracuse lean, he is getting interest from UK.