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Narrowing the Focus on UK’s 2010 Recruiting, Part I: Guards

Now that the July evaluation period is over, we can start to narrow the focus on some of the recruits that UK is most serious about getting commitments from. The quickest way to do so is to look at those that CLAIM  to have been offered and then, from those, look at who they are making the most “face-time” appearances with. Of those that have not been offered, it is a good indicator to look at how they feel about the school, for example listing them in their top schools or listing them in their “final” lists, and you can get a better feel for how likely they would be to commit if they were offered. For ease of conveyance, I’ll place each player who claims an offer from UK into groups based on the traditional position they are most categorized in, although this may not be where they would play if they were to make it onto UK’s 2010 roster.

We’ll go through this in three different parts. First, its the guards, then the small forwards and, finally, the big men.

Point Guards

Brandon Knight: Knight can be classified as a two guard as well. He has a great shot and uses his deadly crossover and explosiveness to get to the bucket. UK felt pretty good about landing him 2-3 weeks ago, then things cooled, then his mom made a visit to Lexington this past weekend and everything seems to be back on the up and up. He is the player that most feel will be in a “race to commit” for the scholarship that is available to him or Josh Selby, although I think Brandon is 1A to Selby’s 1B. Knight hurting himself really hurts our ability to gauge face-time but there’s really no need. He’s the #1 target in 2010. Other schools involved: Duke, Florida, UConn….

Kyrie Irving: Kyrie has a good shot, great handles and when that shot heats up, he can easily drop 30+. Sometimes he seems to get in his own head but when he just has fun on the court, he’s at his best. He also has a knack for snaking his way into the lane for buckets. Kyrie is getting the full service from both IU and Duke, with IU probably more so. UK’s assistants also watched each of Kyrie’s games but only IU and Duke had the full staff on hand. UK’s “in” is Rod Strickland’s connection to Kyrie (he is his godfather) and Calipari’s well-known reputation for developing guards. Strickland rarely “recruits” Kyrie and mainly just keeps the relationship the way it was prior to Kyrie becoming a target for the school at which he coaches. Surely Kyrie knows that UK is looking hard at both Knight and Selby and if being the primary ball handler is something that he is adamant about, Eric Bledsoe will most likely steal the bulk of his playing time. Other schools involved: Indiana, Duke, Seton Hall…

Josh Selby: Much like Knight, Selby could easily be classified as a two guard as well. Another thing to remember is that, so far, I haven’t been able to confirm an official offer for Selby from UK, but I’m listing him here anyways. Selby has athleticism that he puts to good use by giving 110%, especially on the defensive end, when he has something to prove. His outside shot can heat up quick but this kid can score and finish at the glass in a ton of different ways. I won’t go too in-depth with the Selby to UK stuff because I think that’s been covered ad nauseum. I will say that UK is going to be in it until the end and I think you would be hard pressed to find someone that wouldn’t list the Cats as his favorite right now. UK went full staff on both of Selby’s games that I attended in Vegas, which was more than any other University in attendance. Two scenarios could play out: (1) If Knight decides to go elsewhere, the Cats would have a great shot at Selby; or (2) Assuming that Selby doesn’t have an official offer now, if he does get that offer in the future, before Knight decides, then we can begin to talk about the situation as a “first to commit” scenario. Other schools involved: UConn, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State, Texas…

UK’s keeping an eye on these guys, but has yet to officially offer: Joe Jackson (listed UK in a “top 4,” but later denied to me that “top 4” is what he meant. Still, UK is amongst the favorites and made a ton of full staff appearances for Joe, Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black’s team in Vegas), Cory Joseph (UK made a cut to 16).

Shooting Guards

Doron Lamb: Athletic, but not the greatest athlete around, he just finds ways to score. He can knock down the midrange jumper, shoot the floater, and find a variety of ways to score around the rim. Lamb created waves when he visited Lexington earlier in the summer but left without committing. He doesn’t seem like he’s wanting to rush anything and still says he is going to visit Kansas and Oklahoma State, although he still doesn’t have a date set for either visit. UK’s assistants were staples at his games, as was Jeff Capel and Bill Self, in Orlando. Calipari has also taken in a game or two, so the writing is on the wall. He’s the top target at his position. Lamb would also like the benefit of playing in an offense that allows for multiple ball handlers, as he has expressed a desire to work on his ball handling and point guard skills, since that is likely the position he would play were he to make it to the League. Other schools involved: Kansas, Oklahoma State…

Jeremy Lamb: This Lamb has freaky-long arms, providing him with length on the defensive end. He’s athletic, a good ball handler and has a high release on his shot, allowing him to shoot over his defender. Lamb is able to knock down shots from deep, hit the mid-range jumper off the bounce and get to the rack. This guy really blew up at the Peach Jam this year and is still trying to stop his head from spinning. The fact that UK noticed and offered him at the Peach Jam tells you that they like what they see. Calipari is known for finding guys that aren’t necessarily top targets but are just guys that he would like to coach and develop. Lamb seems to fit into that category. Once the young man gets things in order, I would guess that UK is going to get major consideration. Other schools involved: UConn, Clemson, Alabama, Marquette, Xavier…

UK’s keeping an eye on these guys, but has yet to officially offer: Anthony Brown.

Article written by Dustin Rumbaugh

I enjoy basketball, Kentucky sports and extremely short walks on the beach, followed by a nap. Sorry ladies, I'm taken.