Sidiki Johnson was a Kentucky target in the class of 2011 and I was told by someone who attended the Summer in the City event last Friday that head coach John Calipari was in attendance, watching Sidiki’s team compete. It would seem that Sidiki would be included in the upper tier of prospects that the Cats staff would have liked to add in the ’11 class but, late Saturday evening, Sidiki, Scout.com’s #12 ranked power forward in his class, made a verbal commitment to Sean Miller and the Arizona Wildcats. Before the verbal, word on the street was that it was, at the moment, Arizona and Kentucky leading for his services although Kentucky had yet to offer.
A couple of other things that I didn’t get the chance to report to you guys in the midst of Vegas and Orlando….that most of you have probably heard elsewhere by now…but I’ll go ahead and repeat it anyways so that we start off fresh on Monday:
– Casey Prather, a 2010 wing prospect, has narrowed his list of schools to seven: Clemson, Florida, Memphis, Michigan, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Kentucky. Prather comes from the same AAU foundation as John Hood, the Nashville Celtics. The two remain close friends and Prather has commented on Hood’s efforts to get him in Blue and White. The last time that I talked to Casey he did not yet have an offer from the UK staff.
– Fab Melo, a big ole center in the 2010 class, narrowed his list to four and plans on making a decision during the coming week. His final four are Louisville, Syracuse, Florida and Miami. Pitino attended a game of Melo’s in Orlando and all signs point to the coach really really really wanting to make Melo a part of his 2010 group. A recent report from, guess who, Syracuse.com says that insiders believe that he is leaning heavily toward Syracuse. Kentucky got involved for awhile but I think both sides might have decided that Cal’s dribble drive wasn’t the best offense for Melo to play in.