Big week in the UK basketball recruiting world. Three visitors during a 7 day span and putting on a big time camp has to be taking its toll on the staff. To get you ready for the busy weekend, here’s a profile of Thursday visitor Mychal Parker, a link and a little paragraph about today’s visitor Doron Lamb, and a little bit more.
Position: Small Forward (Athletic Slasher in the DDM)
Weight: 190 lbs
High School: The Miller School (Charlottesville, VA)
Rivals Ranking: #6 SF, #34 Overall
Scout Ranking: #5 SF, #27 Overall
Mychal Parker describes himself as a slasher. He is also extremely athletic and can get to the rim quickly. Parker is well known as a player that can finish around the rim with contact. With the ball in his hands, especially in transition, Parker has quick hands and will make smart passes to progress the ball down court or get a teammate in a good position to score. Without the ball, while in transition, he has a nose for sniffing out the best line to the rim and will use good hands to accept the pass and control it. During the NBA Camp, while guarding Harrison Barnes, he showed the ability to crouch down in good defensive position and slide his feet quickly to stay in front of Harrison while Harrison tried to utilize that deadly first step of his. Parker also sank a few rangy jumpers, sometimes extending pretty far outside the arc, which is a trend that he has recently showcased. The range on his jump shot was one of the areas that scouts were critiquing him on in the past and he seems to be in the process of answering those critics.
Mychal Parker holds offers from Clemson, Florida, Miami (FL), Maryland, North Carolina State, Virginia and Virginia Tech. He had previously said that his top 3 were Miami, Maryland and Florida. He was very high on Virginia also, but that was before they showed their former head coach, Dave Leitao, the door. The new Virginia staff is currently still trying to get that interest level back to where it was previously. At the NBA Camp, he gave a tentative top 2 of Maryland and Miami but quickly added that he still hasn’t really narrowed down his list. He plans to do just that in the middle of July, most likely on July 15th. Parker will, of course, be in Lexington on Thursday and hopes to receive an offer during the trip. If so, there has been plenty of speculation that Kentucky would jump into the mix of the top suitors for Parker’s services. Ohio State is another school that is trying to jump in with Parker as well. On a decision time, Parker said that he will probably decide during the spring but “at the earliest during my high school basketball season.”
Beisner already stole a little bit of the thunder here so if you didn’t catch that earlier video, check it out in the archives and bear with me because there really aren’t many other videos to choose from.
Probably not gonna like the second featured player in this one:
Other Recruiting Notes:
– The Cat’s Pause broke the official time of arrival for Doron Lamb today. He will be in Lexington today, putting Lamb and Parker on campus during the same week. Along with the DeAndre visit and the Freshman camp, this is by far the busiest recruiting week of the summer thus far. If you recall my earlier post about my supposed vacation, one would expect me to be fuming at this point. Not really. As a UK fan, I’m ecstatic about the way the coaches are absolutely doing work! Also, if you recall, Lamb was my very first profile during my very first post on KSR so he holds a special place in my heart. With the commitment of Will Barton to Memphis, Lamb is a high priority recruit for Calipari’s staff and a battleground for Kansas coach Bill Self and Calipari to tangle yet again.
– Donnie Hale committed to Purdue last night. Now before anyone reads the “lists of interested schools” on some of the recruiting sites and starts to get their K-Mart-purchased Ashley Judd signature panties in a bunch thinking that Cal lost one to the Boilermakers, the Cats were not actively recruiting Hale. He was a target during the Gillispie era but that interest wasn’t really carried over. I talked with Hale a bit after the Junior Indiana vs Indiana Allstar game and he told me that Calipari’s staff had sent him a letter or two but hadn’t shown any real interest in getting into the recruiting mix for his services. Great kid with a good set of skills but just not a UK target at the time. So…no panty wadding needed.
– For those of you that have a subscription to Scout.com, here’s an article of Mike Shaw and Wayne Blackshear’s visit to Da Ville. Both prospects are also on UK’s list for the 2011 class.
– Tobias Harris, who listed UK for Zag’s Blog as a school he was open to, visited Georgia Tech this week with his little brother of a year, Tyler. From all reports, the boys liked the campus, the coaching staff as well as the coaching staff’s ability to get players to the next level.