Saturday was already sure to be a huge day in Lexington with ESPN’s college gameday in town and a top 25 opponent that we already loved to hate but have a new reason to hate with Calipari’s arrival in Lexington and his history with Big Sweaty. Now there’s an added bonus and a new reason to show off what a rowdy Rupp crowd can look like. The Tipster cites Scout.com and writes in his blog today that Marquis Teague and JP Tokoto will be on campus for this weekend’s festivities.
Tipton also cites Scout.com in saying that Adonis Thomas would be at the game this Saturday, but after my attention was turned to Adonis’ schedule (thanks Mr. Wolken), I checked into it further and found that Adonis will not be at the game. His team plays Joe Jackson’s White Station squad on Saturday night at 7:30. Still, it is important to note that Calipari and his staff are still showing interest in Thomas, a kid that is currently ranked #6 overall in 2011 and is a recruit that the staff liked while at Memphis.
For the kids that will be there, here’s a little refresher course on each:
Teague has to be the recruit that gets UK fans excited the most. Whether it’s because he is the consensus #1 pg prospect in 2011 or because he provides the battleground for what looks to be Calipari and Pitino’s first major head to head battle since his arrival at UK. A good sign for the Cats is that this visit comes on the heels of news that Pitino may be looking to jump ship on the Cards if an NBA job becomes available. That surely has to have Teague and other UL targets thinking pretty hard about their potential decisions to join Pitino in Louisville. Calipari, and UK fans everywhere for that matter, would love to seal the deal soon with Teague.
JP might not get you too excited now because he is still so young, but I promise you that you’ll be excited later. He promises to be a top ten prospect by the time his senior year rolls around. If you’ll remember, Tokoto took a trip to Lexington in January and this trip will mark his second time in Lexington. Shortly after that trip, the Cats extended an early offer to the 2012 standout, something that they don’t do very often with kids that young. He is currently ranked as the #3 overall prospect in the 2012 class and the #1 small forward. Duke, Kansas, Wisconsin and Tennessee have also extended offers and North Carolina is showing major interest as well. He’ll be a major piece of UK’s future success and his second visit in as many months is news that Cat fans shouldn’t take too lightly.