The Summer Slam at Pleasure Ridge Park High School provided many of the most sought after recruits in Kentucky including Jaylen Beckham, Josh Sewell, George Fant, Jordan Shanklin and Desmond Dorsey. Three of those recruits find themselves on UK’s radar. Here’s a little recruiting update on each mixed in with a little scouting from their games:
Jaylen Beckham (2012 Guard)
Scouting: Today Jaylen again showed why he is one of the most talked about prospects in the state. He literally left the jaws of the crowd collectively agape with some of his twists and turns down the lane. He has the ability to beat anyone of the dribble and can also jump with the big boys down low. On two seperate occasions, he took hard fouls and finished for the old-fashioned three pointer.
Recruiting: We talked about Jaylen’s recruiting yesterday. Suffice it to say that he likes Syracuse and UK above a number of other top schools that are recruiting him. He grew up a UK fan and is a fan of Calipari.
George Fant (2011 Forward)
Scouting: George has size and athleticism to go along with coordination that is sometimes lacking in big men. He showed great footwork in the paint but also showed that he could step out, face the basket and beat his man off the dribble. He also runs the floor well in transition and can make the smart pass, both out of the double teams down low and when running the court. If his jumper had a bit more range and consistency, he’d be a top rated prospect. He says it’s an area that he will work on. George has a Chuck Hayes type of build which helps him to completely shut down the paint on defense.
Recruiting: Oklahoma State, Western Kentucky and Michigan State are the schools that have offered George so far. He attended WKU’s camp earlier in the weekend. Other schools involved in his recruitment include Xavier, Cincinnati, Butler, Alabama, Louisville and Kentucky. Little Ricky was handling George’s recruitment before he left, so right now George isn’t sure who’ll pick up where he left off. Kentucky has been talking with his AAU coach and expressed an interest in the 2011 big man. George is originally from Cincinnati but was a fan of all the local schools including Louisville, Kentucky, and Cincinnati but they were all even in his mind. When asked about Calipari’s dribble drive motion offense he said, “I love playin’ like that. That’s how we usually play. We’re a dribble drive team.”
Desmond Dorsey (2012 Guard)
Scouting: Desmond is a lock down defender, used by his team to guard Jaylen Beckham and Jordan Shanklin during their games against them. He anticipates passing lanes and shuffles his feet quickly to remain in front of his opponent. He is deceptively quick and can get by his defender on most occasions. Desmond will need to work on his ball control and consistency on his outside shot. He’s a decent shooter at this point.
Recruiting: Desmond’s been offered by Oklahoma State, Akron and Ohio, amongst a few others. Arkansas and Oklahoma are interested in the young guard who was also being recruited by Gillispie during his tenure at Kentucky. The new staff at UK has also been in contact. He seems to be pretty lax with his recruiting right now, expressing that he would like to take his time, with an ultimate decision coming sometime during his junior or senior year.
Other recruiting notes:
– The fiancee’s report is that the boy on Warren Central’s team with the shaggy hair should keep his hair that way because it suits him and makes him more attractive. Also, the coach for Warren Central has poor taste in shoes (he wore loafers). Lexington Catholic, sponsored by Nike, had the “cutest outfits” by far and were the only team that completely matched.
– At the games, I talked to someone I know who is highly involved in the AAU circuit and also happens to be really close to Will Barton’s AAU team. He assured me that Will’s decision was based solely on Memphis offering his brother and had nothing to do with the Memphis troubles (which Barton had told news reporters was “more of a Calipari problem” than a Memphis problem). I plan on working on some of the other guard and wing options that will now take Will’s place on UK’s wish list as the week goes on so stay tuned.