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Sleep Outfitters’ Tuesday Recruiting Roundup


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Off The Board: Jayson Tatum

The No. 1 small forward in the class was a top target for John Calipari and Kentucky; he was the first member of the class to receive a scholarship offer from UK back in his sophomore season in 2013.

However, Tatum chose Duke over Kentucky, North Carolina and his hometown Saint Louis Billikens at the Nike Peach Jam over the weekend.

Evan Daniels believes the deal has been done since Duke’s in-home visit the day after winning the national championship. Coach K arrived with the new trophy in hand to speak to Tatum.


Prediction: Kobi Simmons will one day be a Wildcat.

The No. 1 combo guard in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings trimmed his list to six schools on Sunday and Kentucky is not just in the hunt; it is the heavy favorite. He is also considering Arizona, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio State and Xavier in his final list. He hosted in-home visits with all six schools earlier this year.

When Simmons received his UK offer back in April, he had to call John Calipari back to make sure the offer is serious. His father told told Cats Illustrated. “We called them back and Kenny and Cal said ‘Look man, yes. This is what it is.’ And after that he was very excited.”

Simmons plans to visit Kentucky on August 28. He also visited for Big Blue Madness in 2013.

He recently said, “I’m their guy,” when asked about UK at the Nike Peach Jam.


UK vs. Michigan State for Miles Bridges.

No one had a better weekend than Miles Bridges. The No. 7 player in the ESPN100 averaged 23 points and 10 rebounds at the Peach Jam and, to celebrate, announced the handful of schools he will consider moving forward. Among the final suitors: Kentucky, Michigan State, Michigan, North Carolina and Indiana. (LOL Indiana.)

Though five remain, it will likely come down to Kentucky and Michigan State in the end. He once said the two programs are his “dream schools.”

Bridges likes UK’s track record of putting guys in the NBA, while Michigan State is 45 minutes from his hometown and one of the first to recruit him.

Sounds like it’s Calipari vs. Izzo for this one, and Izzo has always held his own in that matchup.


Kentucky leads Crystal Ball for Markelle Fultz.

Four-star shooting guard Markelle Fultz received an offer from UK last week and several analysts were quick to pick the Cats in his recruitment, including 247’s Director of Scouting, Jerry Meyer. Kentucky now holds 50 percent of the vote in Fultz’s Crystal Ball predictions, ahead of Arizona and Louisville.

I wrote about Fultz last week. Read that here if you missed it.

Kentucky was his dream school growing up, but he recently said that is no longer the case now that he’s matured. Still, Kentucky is in the mix and strong contender to land Fultz for the 2016-17 season.


Malik Monk is so good.

Watch the highlights from one of his games at the Peach Jam. Just an easy 31-point performance…

Gotta get him out of Arkansas.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

14 Comments for Sleep Outfitters’ Tuesday Recruiting Roundup

  1. frankie stigers
    3:49 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    40 and 0 baby

    • J-Dub421
      4:00 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      Are you a parrott? You repeat the same stupid crap on every post.

    • asdf
      4:26 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      Guys like this are probably why KSR tried that silly “got to be on Facebook” experiment…

  2. KevinM
    3:58 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    I like Cal in every battle………Izzo has nothing on Cal…..Gary Harris? I don’t think we missed much there….

    • J-Dub421
      3:59 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      We took James Young and Devin Booker from Izzo.

  3. Michael Witt
    4:16 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    And Ulis…

  4. cracka
    4:28 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    @BallBlog_Chad · 3h3 hours ago

    AmphibiousBaller retweeted Aaron Kall
    There it is, finally coming out

    Aaron Kall @AaronsUKBBBlog Gary Parrish from says UK has interest in Memphis transfer Austin Nichols

    10:49 AM – 14 Jul 2015 · Details

    • J-Dub421
      5:28 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      Wouldn’t he have to sit out a year due to transferring?

    • Double standard
      7:22 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      ^^^if he comes to UK, yes…if he goes to Notre Dame or Baylor, no. They haven’t decided yet.

  5. bosshogg24
    6:02 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    Fultz is a 5 Star!

    • Angelo
      7:23 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, per Scout.

  6. Big Lar
    8:23 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    Monk is the best player in the class. We will see that by the end of the year. Hope we can land him

  7. fireants25
    10:14 pm July 14, 2015 Permalink

    Man hes awesome. We would get number 1 class prob if he can get him out of Ark.

  8. Wyldcatzrool
    12:22 am July 15, 2015 Permalink

    Bottom line for Monk is this: He is a super talent and a gifted player. Why on God’s green Earth waste all of that on Ark ansas? Be an afterthought on a team that bows out in Round One? Or be a Main Man at the Top School for both TV exposure and NBA Scout exposure nationally while certainly in the Final Four and with a solid shot at THE TITLE? It’s a no-brainer. Is he good enough to be a Lotto Pick even if he goes to Ark ansas? Most certainly so. He’s my man and I believe in him THAT much! BUT…you wanna go Top Five after a Final Four at least and probably a Championship? Or you wanna go Top 15 after losing the exposure and success on the National Stage? Me? I want the props that come from playing at UK to start with…and I want a real shot at a National Title…is that gonna happen at Ark ansas? No. Just keepin’ it 100…that be it.