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Let’s take a quick break from all the football excitement to run over the basketball recruiting news for the early part of the week. As always, today’s notes are brought to you by the good people and comfortable beds at Sleep Outfitters.
Wenyen Gabriel will get a visit from Kentucky next week.
The fifth-ranked power forward in the Top247 will meet with Kentucky at Wilbraham & Monson Academy in Massachusetts next week. The UK coaches plan to visit the high school Thursday, September 10, the day of Calipari’s Hall of Fame reception ceremony to kick off Hall of Fame weekend in nearby Springfield, Mass.
It’s about a 25-minute drive to see Gabriel, so the visit makes sense.
Kobi Simmons to announce soon, but is he a take for UK?
Simmons really enjoyed his visit to Lexington over the weekend, pushing the Cats further into the presumed lead for his services.
My Official Visit To University Of Kentucky Was Great !ðŸ˜¼ #BBN âšªï¸ðŸ”µ
— Shoogs (@JordanKobi) August 31, 2015
He will take official visits to UNLV and Ohio State, then make his college decision and announce it to the world September 19. Problem is, if Kentucky is indeed the pick, Calipari may ask Simmons to hold off on committing, for fear of running off De’Aaron Fox. It’ll be interesting to see how Cal plays it.
Malik Monk to announce his visit schedule tonight.
We will learn Monk’s five official visits and when he will take them tonight when he goes on his brother’s radio show in Arkansas to announce his schedule.
Spoiler alert: He’ll be in Lexington for Big Blue Madness.
No. 1 center will visit tomorrow.
Marques Bolden will begin his official visit to UK tomorrow morning. The Texas product also plans to visit Duke and Kansas later this month.
Kentucky ranks seventh in new Scout.com early team rankings for 2016.
“Kentucky will likely finish much higher on this list when things are said and done,” Scout.com explains. “But for now they have the 7th best class. Sacha Killeya-Jones is a skilled 6-10 big man, while Tai Wynyard, of New Zealand, is a strong, tough & physical center prospect. If Wynyard was playing in the U.S. he’d be considered a top 50 prospect.
See the entire list here.
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