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Seth Davis sizes up several potential 2012 UK recruits

The summer recruiting season is wrapping up in the very near future, and I think we now have a good idea of who Kentucky is pursuing in the Class of 2012.  Seth Davis spent some time at the Peach Jam and the tournament in Las Vegas and put up a profile on 13 of the more intriguing prospects.  He lists Kentucky with 3 of them, but there are a couple other guys who we know the Kentucky coaches are at least looking at.  Here are Davis’ profile on those particular guys:

Brandon Ashley, 6-9 forward, Oakland, Calif. I was surprised to see Ashley listed at this height, because he seems taller to me. I liked his game last summer, and he has really expanded his repertoire since then. Ashley does great work around the rim, but he now has a jump shot that extends to 18 feet. Even so, he does not roam around the perimeter excessively like a lot of big high school kids these days. Ashley is transferring to Findlay Prep in Nevada for his senior season and his list of seven finalists includes UCLA, Arizona and Kentucky.

DaJuan Coleman, 6-8 forward, Dewitt, N.Y. Coleman’s weight is listed at 280 pounds, so that should give you a sense of how he’s built. He is a below-the-rim post player with excellent footwork, putting him in the mold of Jared Sullinger or Sean May. Even though he’s ranked pretty high, Coleman strikes me as the kind of player who has limited potential as a professional but could be effective in college. Kentucky and Ohio State are on him hard, but Syracuse has the homecourt advantage on this one. It also doesn’t hurt that the son of Coleman’s summer coach with the Albany City Rocks is a walk-on guard at Syracuse.

Ricardo Ledo, 6-5 guard, Fitchburg, Mass. Ledo has great size for a two-guard and he makes nice plays from the wing, but he has more red flags on his profile than any other top prospect. Ledo committed to Providence in early January and then de-committed three weeks later, well before the school fired coach Keno Davis. This fall he will be attending his fourth high school in four years. Ledo lists Kentucky as one of his top choices, but I have a feeling he’s more interested in UK than UK is interested in him. Ed Cooley, the new coach at Providence, is recruiting Ledo hard, but Cooley may not feel like he has no choice because Ledo lives a few miles from PC’s campus. I hope it works out for the kid, but let the buyer beware.

And a couple guys that we have heard of but Davis does not list Kentucky as a major player in their recruitment:

Kaleb Tarczewski, 7-foot center, Southborough, Mass. For the over-40 set, Tarczewski reminded me of Eric Montross. For the younguns among you, think of him as a more mobile Cole Aldrich. In other words, he’s big, he’s white, and he cuts his hair real short. He can also score over both shoulders and loves to play with his back to the basket (which is rare these days). Once again, though, he’s a big man playing summer basketball so his teammates rarely get him the ball. Kansas, North Carolina and Arizona are the big three giving chase.

Shabazz Muhammad, 6-6 forward, Las Vegas. Is it damning Muhammad with faint praise to say that the best part about him is his intangibles? Perhaps. Muhammad is a crafty lefty wing player, and while he isn’t a great three-point shooter, he has a terrific midrange floater than he can get off anytime he wants. But what he does best is attack, attack, attack. Muhammad is a classic example of someone who is a great scorer more than a great shooter. He really brings his A game every time he steps on the floor, which is really rare in summer ball. Muhammad was nursing a badly sprained ankle in Vegas, but he sucked up the pain and brought his Dream Vision team to the championship game. UCLA is the team to beat here, but Dave Rice, the newly hired coach at UNLV, is making a strong push to try to convince Muhammad to stay home.

Article written by Bryan the Intern

19 Comments for Seth Davis sizes up several potential 2012 UK recruits

  1. tdogg4033011
    5:39 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    wonder who Calipari will decide he wants??

  2. Let's see
    5:58 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    We’re not a major player for Muhammad?? REALLY??

  3. startingline up
    6:08 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    that worries me…i have confidence but we need a big name to commit to attract others. That is how Cal sways other top names.

  4. Enes
    6:08 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Like Seth Davis knows sh*t about recruiting.

  5. emmerts gay
    6:32 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Gosh I want Shabazz sooooooooooooo bad. Come to UK and be a God among men!!! The girls are amazingly hot here and you would be king! (As though he is reading this and I shall take credit when he commits) Do the right thing for your future Shabazz.. Cal will get you drafted first even if God forbid you were to get hurt before ever playing a game. UCLA? UNLV? Really? That’s the only way you could jeapordize your draft position is by goin to one of those terrible schools. What a stupid mistake that would be

  6. Ira Tatum
    6:34 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    The ‘Cuse has DeJuan Coleman practically signed, sealed, and delivered.

  7. Marcus L. Owens
    6:50 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    This is old.

  8. RidgeRunner
    7:07 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    6…I’m ok with that. Saw him in 2 games at the Peach Jam & he moved around a lot but never did anything. Not sure how else to say it, except…yawwwnnnn.

    Shabazz & Kaleb…that would be sweet!

  9. Marcus L. Owens
    7:17 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink


  10. Wes
    7:29 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Has Seth Davis ever been right about anything?

  11. SSB
    7:30 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis doesn’t know chit about who Cal is in on.

  12. Ira Tatum
    8:04 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    8. You are correct; I am in full agreement.

  13. Dane Brammage
    8:15 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Seth opens his mouth like Kara does her legs. It is still, hypothetically, unknown whether his ‘counsel’ to her, real or imagined, in favor of ‘leaving’ a certain talent show was the correct call. But then again, he is full of a lot – just not correct calls.

  14. Flippy23
    8:18 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Hey….does anyone know here I can pick up UK basketball games online ??? I travel a lot, and frequently I am in areas where there is no coverage…..kills me.

  15. Park Diesel
    9:20 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis is just confused. Without even getting into what others have already said, I am well under 40 years old and I very much remember Eric Montross. I was at that Final Four and I still to this day say that if Dale Brown didn’t separate his shoulder against Michigan, we beat them and then run UNC into the ground for the championship.

  16. Pikeville25
    11:30 pm July 31, 2011 Permalink

    Seth Davis is a Moron!!!

  17. Hicks
    1:41 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Cal isn’t one to shy away from kids with maturity issues. He handles personalities better than any coach in the business. If Ledo is talented enough Cal will grab him. Maybe this big push to get Goodwin is to have him play the 3 next to Ledo since he’s a slasher anyway. If he can’t get Shabazz that might be the next best thing.

  18. Seth Davis is a moron
    10:32 am August 1, 2011 Permalink

    Clearly he has no idea what he am talking about. Calipari has seen Muhammad play just as much as anyone and we arent a player in his recruiting? UCLA is team to beat? are you kidding me!?!?!?! regardless if Shabazz is as good as hes being hyped he goes to UCLA he disappears on the main scale of college basketball. He’ll be on TV when??? UK is only on CBS every weeekend and ESPN ESPN2 or ESPNU twice a week. Big mistake in my mind if he goes to UCLA. UK will be in this recruitment till the end

  19. cornbreadmafiacook
    12:57 pm August 1, 2011 Permalink

    15-i’ve always thought the same about dale brown’s injury. if he stays healthy we hang #6 in ’93 instead of ’96. i’ve never seen a team get on a tourney roll like that team was on, including the ’96 Cats and the ’90 unlv team