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UK Fans of the Day Want Next Three Most Likely UK Commitments


The next eight weeks will likely see a host of UK basketball commitments for the Fall Signing Period. Unlike in years past, where the best players tended to all wait until the Spring and make decisions at the last minute, this year a number of players have decided to make their decisions early and end the process quicker (the reason for this isn’t clear but it seems to be a trend for some of the top 15-25 guys). With that in mind, the UK 2015 roster could be coming together much sooner than in years past. If the commitments come as expected in the next 6-8 weeks, here are the three players that are most likely to call Lexington home by the end of October:


Trey Lyles and James Blackmon Jr

I have assumed for quite some time that Power Forward Trey Lyles would end up a Cat. Since his decommitment from Indiana, Lyles has favored UK and his second choice (which I point as Louisville) has continued to be behind. I feel even stronger about this viewpoint with the news this weekend that UK stopped recruiting Cliff Alexander in the past few weeks. The Cats feel good about Lyles as a future commit and I think they get him some time around Big Blue Madness. The interesting development has been the increased connection between James Blackmon Jr and the Cats. He and Lyles have always been close (both were committed to Indiana) and it would not be a surprise to see them go to the same school. But I had assumed Blackmon Jr might take some time and see how the UK class shakes out. However a number of folks have told me that he will probably make the decision in the fall and that Kentucky is the current leader. Of these three choices, he is the one that is the most shaky in my view (if UK gets Stanley Johnson for instance, I could see him going elsewhere), but as of today, I think a commitment to UK is more likely than not.

Devin Booker

I always have despised the phrase “silent verbal.” The notion, which started with the internet, is that a player commits to a school and just chooses not to announce it to the public at that time. I find that notion often laughable and easy to mock. However if I were going to believe in the phrase, the time that it would be closest to applicable might be with Devin Booker. While I am unsure if Booker has told the UK folks he is committed, I do think folks are operating as if he will end up being a part of the class. Either way his announcement will come in October and one would have to give me HUGE odds to bet on him being anything but a Cat.



The two players that I don’t expect to make a decision immediately, but could surprise are Kelly Oubre and Stanley Johnson. UK has risen significantly for Oubre and the folks in Lexington love him as a player and hope he will pull the trigger soon. He has said for some time that he plans on waiting, but I am told that his interest in UK has continued to rise and it wouldn’t shock anyone if he rides that emotion to a UK commitment soon. I still think the three players above likely make the call first, but Oubre certainly could jump the gun and end up in the class first. The other question is Johnson. Arizona likely leads but Johnson does love UK. The key question is whether they can get him to come to Big Blue Madness. If he does, I think UK’s chances rise dramatically. Others agree, which is why they are trying to convince him not to make the trip. The key question is will he get on that plane and arrive in Lexington. If he does, all bets are off.

I still think the class ends up like this:

Blackmon Jr or Johnson (maybe both, but I think or more likely)

Others, including players like Myles Turner and Jahlil Okafor, would certainly be welcomed by UK, but the odds on favorite as of now, is still what you see above.

Article written by Matt Jones

15 Comments for UK Fans of the Day Want Next Three Most Likely UK Commitments

  1. Jordan
    8:24 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think Blackmon is a lock regardless. Cal selling him on running some point. I’d guess we still get one of Okafor, Johnson or Turner. They might all wait and see who is on the roster next year. If dakari stays then no more bigs. But if he goes then I would expect us to add one to go with Lyles and Towns.

  2. Jordan
    8:24 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    And thanks for the info, Matt.

  3. Bunny
    8:30 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Thanks for the update, Matt…Hope you’re right as usual…

  4. FeedMeSeymour
    8:32 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Was excited because I thought it was a football post about possible commits…

  5. cracka
    8:45 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    you’re saying “odds are”, in your opinion, we only recruit 6 guys? we have to get more than 6 guys to have any kind of a team next year … unless you think one of our guards (aaron or james) comes back along with a big … there’s def a chance dakari or lee comes back

  6. flipdunkking
    9:21 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Trey Lyles just tweeted that he will be announcing “something” tomorrow

  7. Beavis606
    9:23 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Not the most overwhelming class by Cals standards. Who rebounds?

  8. ukfan
    9:27 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think that if Okafor waits until the late signing period we will get him. Once he sees how much exposure this years freshman cats are going to get and how badly they are going to dominate it really look tempting to him to come here’ while at the same time forgetting all about Puke. In this case, the longer he waits the better.

  9. ukfan
    9:27 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    7. Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee.

  10. ukfan
    9:31 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    It’s funny how some of you see a recruiting class and just assume that’s our entire team. Kids DO come back under Calipari, and in my opinion Dakari Johnson and Marcus Lee come back and maybe even AP and James Young depending on the type of season they have. Next years draft is going to be ridiculous, similar to LBJ nba draft.

  11. cracka
    9:53 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    you don’t assume everybody is leaving, but you can’t assume anybody in particular is coming back, either … hope for the best, plan for the worst … need depth, recruit ’em all!

  12. bosshogg24
    10:08 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    No reason not to get both Johnson and Blackmon, their recruitment has nothing to do with each other or their positions!

  13. AndrewH
    10:36 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    Hello twin brother to the far right.

  14. nash
    10:50 pm September 22, 2013 Permalink

    I think you might be right on, Matt. And thanks for the update! I’d LOVE to get Johnson, Turner and/or Oubre. And I would settle for just one of them,..hopefully Johnson. But I have my doubts with Johnson and Turner. First of all, I hope Trey Lyles join Townes and Ulis tomorrow as the third member of 2014. That would be a big plus,….and it would piss off the Dirty Birds and Hoosiers,..which would be even better. One at a time. First we need Lyles.

  15. UK Fan 2
    8:00 am September 23, 2013 Permalink

    What happened to Rashad Vaughn? Did I miss something?