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Updating the Scene After Long AAU Season

The last month has been an extremely busy one on the AAU circuit and that means it was a busy one for me. With so many recruits listing UK, I used the month of July to try to get a better idea of who UK was making a priority. While I was out on the road, I have to be honest with you, I didn’t have much time to keep track of what was going on at all the different AAU locations. Yesterday was the first time in a long time that I had the chance to scan through some of my other recruiting junkies’ writings and get an idea of the scoops they got while out on the road in July. That will be the focus of today’s post, as we try to get fully updated on all of the happenings in the 2nd evaluation period.

Before we get into link mode, I have an update with Cameron Clark and we have to take a look at a couple updates on Kyrie Irving and Tobias Harris from one of the absolute best in the business, Adam Zagoria.

Harris’ father, whom I had the opportunity to meet and talk with for the first time in Orlando, told Zag that his son will narrow his list at the end of August. He also echoed some of the same problems that he told me about, namely new schools jumping into the mix (if you can consider that a problem). Kentucky is one of those schools, and if you read my earlier report, then you know that Torrel feels like Kentucky had just really gotten serious in their recruitment with Tobias about two weeks ago. “Memphis, Kentucky, Florida and UCLA are trying to get involved,” Torrel wrote. “We have not decided at this point to explore these schools.”  When I spoke with Torrel, he explained that with a school of Kentucky’s stature and with their basketball tradition, you just can’t pass up that opportunity to look into the situation more. Tobias has a ton of major schools who have long been involved in his recruitment, including Syracuse, and it’ll be interesting to see if Kentucky makes the late August cut, although I expect them to just based on curiousity from the Harris’ family.

Zag also texted with Kyrie Irving and got a more specific time for the Kyrie’s list cutting. “After Elite 24,” Kyrie texted. I’ll have a link to the Boost Mobile Elite 24 at the bottom of this post, but what’s important now is that the event takes place Aug. 22. So we can probably expect Kyrie to have an important announcement to make in late August. Indiana and Duke are making very strong pushes for Kyrie’s services, with both schools having their head coaches in Orlando. Tom Crean wins the award for strongest push. He stayed in Orlando, with two assistants wearing t-shirts with huge IU emblems, even to watch Kyrie compete in a consolation game after being eliminated from the tournament. Wojo was also at that event. All three Kentucky assistants, who made stops in Orlando at various times, took in Kyrie’s games. Those three schools seem to be the favorites but IU and Duke seem to be just a notch above UK at this point, based on the effort they are putting forth in making it known to Kyrie that he is their top target. Justin Young, writing for the Devil’s Den, heard from Kyrie that he and Harrison Barnes have discussed playing together at the next level and Kyrie added that Harrison’s commitment to Duke would certainly help Duke’s chances of landing his commitment as well.

Last night I talked for a bit with Cameron Clark, who has really seen his stock rise over the spring and summer. Clark has turned that rise into many offers, including one from Kentucky, and still hasn’t quite made the effort to really narrow down his list. On Kentucky specifically, Clark said that he has noticed some of the coaches watching his games and added, “They’re high up there, I like Kentucky.” Of the schools making efforts to get Clark to commit, he said that one school has really been making a strong effort. “Coach Capel, OU.” Other schools that Clark has said are making strong pushes include Kentucky, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Kansas. Clark plans on cutting the list down to five near the end of August and plans on taking all five official visits. Before that, he plans on taking two more unofficial visits, one to Arizona State and one to Kentucky, although the dates for those visits aren’t set.

Here’s some BTI-esque links to get you guys updated on some of the other happenings during and after the second evaluation period:

The Nike Global Challenge rosters have been set and the event will take place Aug. 7-9.

– Here’s a list of some of the players who will compete in the Boost Mobile Elite 24, Aug. 22 at the famous Rucker Park in NY. Some of the UK recruits to make the list include: CJ Leslie, Harrison Barnes, Josh Smith, Rakeem Christmas, Roscoe Smith, Tobias Harris, Tony Wroten, and possibly Mike Gilchrist, Joe Jackson and Kyrie Irving.

– Zag’s Blog hears from Omar Calhoun Sr. that UK is showing some interest in his son, Omar Calhoun. He is a 6-4 sophomore guard and plays for the same AAU program as Doron Lamb, the NY Gauchos.

Florida could add another guard for the 2009 season. Nimrod Tishman of Israel is their target and the only thing in the way is getting him cleared by the NCAA. You’ll need a Scout membership to read the full article.

– Although the rumor mill says that Josh Selby is eventually going to be UK bound, other schools are still getting involved. Jerry Meyer hears that UConn, Florida, Kansas, Ohio State and Texas are calling. Selby’s plan is to make an official list after the Nike Global Games, which I referenced above. The family is adamant in making sure that everyone knows that UK is not the only school that will be involved. No matter which side you choose to believe, this recruitment should last awhile and others schools will be mentioned and probably visited.

– Zag’s blog reported that Cory Joseph cut his list to 16 and UK was included. Kentucky’s recruitment of Joseph hasn’t gotten to the level of other point guards in the class and UK has yet to offer a scholarship. Still, with Joseph listing the Cats, I guess its something to keep an eye on in case other point guard options fall through.

Hoosiernation.com hears from Jeremiah Davis, who says that he may be nearing a decision. He doesn’t plan on making a list cut before deciding. IU has been involved since the very beginning of Crean’s arrival and they offered him a scholarship early. Although Jeremiah has said that UK would be a favorite if they offered, there still isn’t an offer on the table yet for the 2011 guard. Again, you’ll need to shell out the dough in order to read the full Scout article.

– According to the Dagger, Coach K and Duke will be hosting their first ever elite camp. After this news and the weekend news of Austin Rivers’ taking a visit to Duke, it looks like Coach K might be more willing to “play the game.” But one has to wonder if this is what Wojo really meant when he told The Coach that he wanted to dirty things up a bit?

Article written by Dustin Rumbaugh

I enjoy basketball, Kentucky sports and extremely short walks on the beach, followed by a nap. Sorry ladies, I'm taken.