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UK’s interest in 2013 point guard picking up

Orlando Antigua was in Hazard, KY last Thursday to watch Emmanuel Owootoah, a five-foot-ten point guard in the 2013 class.  Owootoah, a native of Canada, is playing his senior season at Cordia High School under former Wildcat Rodrick Rhodes. Rhodes believes Owootoah has what it takes to play for Kentucky.

“Without a question, he can play and excel at that level,” Rhodes told The Lexington Herald-Leader. “I was able to play with some pretty good players in high school and college, and he matches up just as good or better than some of the guys I was able to play with.”

“He’s the ultimate point guard,” Rhodes said. “He wants to pass first. But he can also shoot the basketball. He’s a very mentally tough kid. He’s born for the position, he really is.”

Owootoah isn’t ranked by any of the scouting services but interest from high-major programs is picking up.  UCLA is all over him and Ben Howland is trying to get him on campus for a visit.  He’s also heard from Florida State, Tennessee, Alabama and Arizona.

Antigua could make a second trip to Hazard to watch Owootoah again tonight against Letcher Central.

If Kentucky is seriously interested in offering a guard from this class, it suggests the staff doesn’t believe Ryan Harrow has much of a future, if any, at Kentucky.


UK could make another trip to see Cordia’s Owootoah

Article written by Drew Franklin

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51 Comments for UK’s interest in 2013 point guard picking up

  1. NotSoFast
    10:32 am February 19, 2013 Permalink


  2. bmt22033
    10:35 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Harrow isn’t going to start over Andrew Harrison, that much is for sure.

  3. JTack
    10:36 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    It would be nice to have some depth on the team next year.

  4. Chicago Chris
    10:39 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    He’s an unranked point guard yet UCLA is all over him? Something’s not right.

    Even if Harrow stays, and I hope he does, he’ll graduate and this guy would have two years left. Clearly, in-state four year players have value in these youth dominated teams.

  5. Hackrichards
    10:40 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    harrow might as well go to Europe or Asia if he wants to keep playing basketball…anywhere where defense is NOT required.

  6. Incredblue
    10:40 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kinda looks like Eric Bledsoe in that pic.

  7. theWilkman
    10:40 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow DOESN’T have much of a future here. One Cal’s rare, yet costly, mistakes of this current batch. Can’t help but think that when he signed this year’s team, he thought he’d have at least Lamb and probably Teague back.

  8. Steve Jobs
    10:41 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Ryan Harrow should transfer to the And1 tour.

  9. davefromdagap
    10:47 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Unless he has truely exceptional quickness and skills, its tough for a under 6′ player to make a impact.

  10. michaelgray
    10:52 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Have to agree with #4. Could be a guy they want to bring in to ride the pine and learn so he can later be a threat later in his college career.

  11. Dave
    10:54 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    #3, Yes it would you are right. Sign this guy up now so we dont have to witness such poor guard play in the future.

  12. NeedALeader
    10:55 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Would have been nice to have the Hickey kid from Hoptown… Now in his second year of starting PG at LSU. No doubt, he would be a better addition than Harrow.

  13. MJ4UK
    11:00 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think they missed on Hickey as well

  14. Hoptown
    11:02 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    12 – You are EXACTLY right!

  15. Gandalf the Blue
    11:06 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    This should strongly suggest a Harrow transfer at the end of the season

  16. JP
    11:06 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Can he play tomorrow night?

  17. MacGruber
    11:11 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Canada, anybody know if this guy has a history with Wiggins?

  18. dfhdefh
    11:13 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    He would be a great addition to our incoming class and other future classes, but lets not jump to conclusion with harrow, lets let the season play out first before we write him or anyone else off.

  19. kelkat66
    11:17 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    1st…let’s stop bashing Harrow. I see no point in bashing kids that play for UK. I am sure the kid wants to play better then what he is playing.

    2nd… I think the look at Emmanuel Owootoah is a lesson learned by Cal. Cal is a good coach who is still willing to learn as he goes thru his career. We have the Harrison twins next year and we all expect to upgrade our guard position but I think they are now looking to make sure what happened this year doesn’t happen again. We will probably only sign one more of the top recruits if we are lucky…so we will have scholarship room…why not invest it in another PG to protect yourself in a worst case type of scenario? Just want to make sure that we aren’t wasting it on someone that can’t be deveoloped down the road…

  20. greg
    11:20 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’d be ok with having depth at guard of Harrow, Polson and in state Owatooah. If Cal has learned anything this year, it’s that you need to build a team with more depth and the only real way to do that is signing 3 star or lower 4 stars to develop, contribute and possibly start in 3rd or 4th year. Why hold on to 3-4 schollies a year when we can build depth and experience. Best case scenario (next year) you sign 5-6 studs. Gotta fill the roster with guys with potential and blend them.

  21. First Hand
    11:23 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    The kid is 5′ 10″. Very quick but not tall or strong enough to play at a school like UK. Not knocking the kid at all but just being a realist. And I know I’m no Cal or Antigua but I think they are just wanting to get a decent Eastern Ky kid on the team to represent this part of the state. Hopefully he goes to UK & proves me & others wrong.

    Also, Antigua has been in Eastern Ky a lot lately. He has been in Breathitt County a couple of times to watch an AAU type team called 22 FT. You can google them and get some information. Pretty interesting stuff…

  22. hh
    11:23 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    ive seen him play. he needs to go to ucla

  23. TN Cat
    11:28 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Rhodes couldn’t get it done at UK so I wouldn’t take his word that this guy can play here.

  24. cparkrookie15
    11:30 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    #21 I haven’t heard much on this point guard kid at all but if they are trying to get him here for 2013 then Cal is pretty much saying that Harrow is not leader of the Helm. You stated the they maybe trying to get a decent kid on this team from Eastern Kentucky they need to really consider Shane Hall then the kid is ranked right now as a 4 star and every post that I have read about him said that he will be a five by the end of his senior year. I think he would be a great get for Kentucky for 2014.

  25. Devan Downey vs UK
    11:37 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think this sub 6 foot talk is ridiculous. Just because you are not a prototypical NBA point guard does not mean you cannot lead the team. Look at Devan Downey, Chris Lofton, Isaiah Cannon. And who wouldn’t take a 6 foot or under point guard like Cliff Hawkins, Wayne Turner, Anthony Epps, or Travis Ford right now, all NBA non factors, but fantastic college point guards. Solid backups are always necessary, who wouldn’t love to have a big meaty 6’10 guy on the roster right now.

  26. Loyal Blue
    11:43 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    First of all, stop stereotyping a PG’s team leading effectiveness due to his height. Is it likely that a 6’2″ PG could be a better defender than a 5’10” PG, yes. Is it possible that a 5’10” PG can be better than a 6’2″ PG, absolutely. There is A LOT more to this game than being tall. A PG should make your team better and smarter….height has no direct correlation to making a team better or smarter.

  27. 3cats
    11:54 am February 19, 2013 Permalink

    couldn’t hurt to have him. The Hickey kid would look good in blue right now! But he wasn’t good enough for us then.
    #21 UCLA, Fl State, Bama, many others likes this kid as we know now you just can’t look at the size and stars next to his name. What size is his HEART! Plus, he would be around for 4 years.

  28. MacGruber
    12:02 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    So size doesn’t matter….. yesssss!

  29. MN CAT
    12:04 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Is anyone else having trouble wrapping their minds around Roderick Rhodes being a coach?

  30. NOT Jerry Tipton
    12:04 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Unfortunately, this does not bode well for Ryan Harrow, and the word is that Owootoah has a MUCH huskier voice…

  31. symphonist41169
    12:06 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Seems to me like Cal is making contingency plans for next year, as in releasing Ryan Harrow. I don’t care if the kid is under 6 ft. tall, so was Spud Webb. It seems to me that the harrison PG will need someone to push him in practice, and I don’t think Ryan Harrow is that person. It makes sense to bring in another PG who can learn the system, play against an NBA 1st rounder for a year, and stay for 3-4 years.

    18 – That ship has already sailed for me & probably most people watching this year’s team. Harrow is done, not sure if he ever got started.

  32. research?
    12:13 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Might help if people actually do some new age youtube research. (bloggers and KSR) heres a few videos to go along with the story that gives no info of his style of play.

    thank me later 😉

  33. MemphisCat
    12:19 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Looks like Harrow doesn’t have much of a future or a past.

    12:21 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    This info coming from Rhodes who transferred out…

  35. Sam
    12:39 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    32: Thanks for the videos. From those videos, here’s the report:
    1) Lightning quick hands, good at stealing the ball and anticipating the pass.
    2) Can shoot from outside
    3) Looks to penetrate and score in the paint when there’s an opening.
    4) Didn’t see much passing, so don’t know about this passing abilities.
    5) Didn’t seem to be a great dribbler, but not enough tape to know for sure. Dribbles kinda high.
    6) Very aggressive defensively, he’s like a hawk looking for something moving on the ground.
    7) Since he can and will shoot from the outside, you have to guard him. You can’t cheat off of him.

  36. Robro
    12:48 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I think Ryan Harrow will develop into a good player and there is no reason he couldn’t spell someone at the 2 spot, depending on matchups. I bet this kid we are looking at is an in your face guy and will push the bar in practice…he has no one to do that this year.

  37. research?
    12:49 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    35. There are other vids on youtube just search his name. His dribbling seems to be pretty quick and he does pass the ball well in other vids. With harrow when looking at his vids from high school he looked very athletic and everyone got hyped up about the dunking for his size. As you can see now he lacks both physical and mental toughness. All that show boating gets you no where when a defender has to break down and guard you.You have to be tough enoug to break him and the defense down and find the open man or a good shot. i think he really lacks fully asserting himself 100% ALL THE TIME. No room for breaks and half ass effort in D-1. Just a fans perspective tho, I’m def no expert lol

  38. Sam
    1:11 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    32 & 37: Agreed. Harrow looks very, very similar. But the glitch with him is his confidence, his sway, his unspoken demeanor. His coach above noted this about his player (and it 100% has reference to Harrow we all know): “He’s a very mentally tough kid.”

    So this kid is mentally tough. He can hopefully bark out orders. He’s not going to pout and show the coach who’s boss (by not playing hard). We need a fierce warrior. Those are the types of players I’m looking for.

    I quite frankly am shocked that Coach Cal doesn’t have that requirement on his list. I’m not expert either, but it would seem I’d disqualify many folks who have the reputation in HS of not being a competitor. Usually, the stats will highlight those. For ex., we KNOW that Marcus Lee is trying because he’s pulling 29 boards PER GAME. It’s impossible to not be giving effort to get those stats. In some other players case, you’ll have to make judgments based on how they react to hard, physical defense. Do they wilt, or do they LIKE it. We want players who like it, and not run from it. How many times does Alex initiate contact? Rarely. Can he change? Yes, but why not recruit somebody who likes the contact like a MKG from the get-go.

  39. Austin Monnett
    1:15 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve watched him play against my former team (Powell County) this year. Powell isn’t very good, and put Corida into OT. He’s not an elite guard. I promise. He’s good, but not elite.

  40. Rockfield, KY
    1:20 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Looks to be an in-your-face defender, which we don’t have now, and looks like he is very instinctive on when to pass, which we absolutely don’t have now. I’ll take him as our back-up, no doubt.

  41. Bleed Blue
    1:39 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    We aren’t getting him. Rhodes asked UK to come down and watch him periodically just so he can get looks/offers at other schools. UK does this all the time for good kids so they can get into big colleges.

  42. VolHater
    1:50 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    6- I think he looks more like Scotty Hopson…

  43. STEVE!
    1:50 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Is he better than a Senior Jarrod Polson? If not, then he won’t get any playing time next year. Polson has passed Harrow.

  44. Craig
    1:53 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Hilarious that people bitch and moan about our lack of depth, and how Cal needs to recruit four year guys who aren’t going to jump to the league after 1 year. And then dismiss as “not elite” any recruit that might actually fit that bill.

  45. research?
    2:00 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    38: I agree with wanting to grab the players that are ready from the get go, which is hard to judge by in HS. The next level will def expose you, and like Cal always says “I cant hide you here”. My opinion before Ryan Harrow even went to State was he was an exploding type guard that could get by defenders and pass the rock if need be. Now here we are 3 years later and he has yet to showcase the fierce competitor character that Wall, Knight and Teague all put on display no matter how bad of a game they were having! You could just see it in their eyes! They were there to kill you and make you look stupid off the dribble, then go by you and hit the big shots. Teague took a while to get the big shot approach, but it came during the end of the year when the team needed it the most!

  46. Red Bird
    2:09 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I didn’t look up any hype about this kid before I went and watched him against Leslie County because I heard he had some D1 offers, so I would know where to gauge him, at the end of the night I said he’d be pretty good at a D2 school, maybe lower tier D1, but not UK, UCLA and Arizona good.

    He could split the double team with blazing fast speed but he didn’t have a second move to go to, I give the kid the benefit of the doubt because he was on a bad ankle and Cordia blew Leslie County out without him, but yeah, turned the ball over too much against a school like Leslie, and looked like to me he couldn’t shoot the ball very well.

    This is one game though, and I’m not a scout, just some random thoughts.

  47. the cursed noel
    2:29 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Tell Coach O to go to Russell, ky and check out kyle skaggs, top guard in the state

  48. Serious
    6:12 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    Kyle Skaggs? I’m from that region. Hahaha. Good one. Now step away from the bong.

  49. cat fan
    7:09 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    ALL I got to say isw can anybody rember brandon stockton? im from glasgow where he played i watch about every home game he played went to watch him play in regonals and i knew then he couldnt play at uk. this guy reminds me of him hes to small. put a 63 quick guard on him and he want get shot off and how hell is he gonna guard anybody that short. he looks like great kid but needs to go to a small school just saying

  50. 14th region
    7:53 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    I’ve seen him play several times and he is the 3 or 4th best PG in the 14th region! Beverly from PCC and Justice from Knott Co. Clearly out played him. Looks like he would be a good player for Eastern or Morehead but no way will he ever see the court at UK!

  51. Cubnut
    11:22 pm February 19, 2013 Permalink

    They had better be getting in on the Camron Justice Recruitment before he gets away….He would make a great 4 year player