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After Mudiay, What’s Next For UK?


Like most of you, and most of the others in the recruiting world, up until just prior to Emmanuel Mudiay’s decision to take his talents to Southern Methodist University I had assumed without doubt he would end up at Kentucky. He seemed like the perfect lead guard to run the Dribble Drive offense, but if there’s anyone that can afford to lose on a player some believe is the best in the nation, it is John Calipari. Moving forward there appear to be 4 guards that the Kentucky coaching staff will be pursuing, although this list is tentative, and will surely be updated all the way up until Signing Day.


Tyus Jones — 6’1 171lbs.
Apple Valley, Minnesota
Choices: Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, Baylor, Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State

Much has been made about the Tyus Jones-Jahlil Okafor package deal and in general, most have assumed Duke was likely to be the eventual choice. Kentucky has kept up with Jones even when most thought Mudiay was a Kentucky lock, and they have also kept up with Okafor. Okafor is scheduled to visit Kentucky on September 9th, the date of the Alumni Game at Rupp Arena while Jones will wait til September 27th to visit Lexington. They will both visit Baylor, Kansas, and Duke together but will visit Lexington on seperate dates. With Mudiay out of the picture, there is an open spot for Jones at the PG position and mutual interest with his running mate Okafor which means Kentucky may stand a much better chance than before at landing the duo.


Tyler Ulis — 5’9 150lbs.
Chicago Heights, Illinois
Choices: Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan State, USC

A recent offer went out to the diminutive PG from Chicago a week or so before the Mudiay decision and was probably the biggest sign that tides may had turned in SMU’s favor. Ullis is not the prototypical Calipari guard but impressed the head coach in person at the Peach Jam when he put up a stat line of 22 points and 17 assists in a game against Tyus Jones, playing for the same “MeanStreets” AAU team that Anthony Davis played for. Ulis is the 38th ranked player in the nation according to ESPN and is a viable option at PG that still leaves open the opportunity of Tyus Jones committing as well. Since receiving an offer from Kentucky on an unofficial visit 2 weeks ago some have speculated that Kentucky may have jumped to the top of Ulis’ list of schools.


Dante Exum — 6’6 188lbs. 
Canberra, Australia
Choices: Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, NBA

Exum may be the biggest question mark recruit in college basketball next season, for the simple fact that he has the option to go straight to the NBA next June if he so wishes. Exum is an elite prospect at the PG position due to his size and explosiveness to the basket, which is why Chad Ford at ESPN has him listed as the #3 ranked prospect in the 2014 NBA Draft class, behind Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle. It’s hard to picture what Exum’s recruitment will look like considering he has said he is still “undecided” on whether to go to the NBA or the college route, but he has also stated he plans to visit all 5 schools on his list after he graduates high school in December, so I’m saying there’s a chance.


Dominic Magee — 6’3 173lbs.
Harvey, Louisiana
Choices: Kansas State, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State

Magee is the latest name at the PG position to be linked to Kentucky, after his father and AAU coach were contacted by assistant coach Kenny Payne. Magee is an athletic guard who his AAU coach compares to a slightly bigger version of Eric Bledsoe, and is ranked the 15th best PG in the nation by 247Sports. He’s probably more of a backup option at this point considering Kentucky is yet to offer, but still a player the staff will keep an eye on as basketball season goes on.



Article written by Will Totten

Born in Indiana and raised in Louisville, I am the unlikeliest UK fan.

17 Comments for After Mudiay, What’s Next For UK?

  1. ukmoxie
    5:48 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Enough about Whodiay… Who’s ready for some effing FOOTBALL?!

  2. Costa Rica
    6:04 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Turns out he was a package deal with his older brother. According to an article just out on The Sporting News, Jean-Michael Mudiay “quietly enrolled” at SMU this week. Basically, only Division 2 and NAIA schools were interested in signing the guy out of junior college where he averaged 3.5 points and 3.4 rebounds last year. But Larry Brown signed him at SMU without any fanfare and suddenly his younger superstar brother chose SMU out of the blue as his school as well.

  3. jeremy
    6:13 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    And this is new information????? Only been discussed about a dozen times since the lad announced for SMU

  4. Nate Trump
    6:25 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Really makes you appreciate what Cal does for this program…all day, every day, day after day…sifting through the bottomless list of hopefulls. College basketball has never seen recruiting at this level. Period.

  5. BigBlue1976
    6:26 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I thought we offered Magee. This website said so just a few days ago.

  6. Details
    7:21 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    You should read KSR Will, they have a pretty good site when you’re not writing for it. Last week they had an article where Exum announced he would not be enrolling in college this season. You should read it.

  7. Michael
    7:21 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Best-Case Scenario: UK gets Jones or Exum as a starter and Ulis or Magee as a back-up. Hawkins and Blackmon also get playing time at point.

    Likely: Jones to Duke. Exum to NBA. Ulis to UK. Magee to LSU/Memphis.

  8. Nate Trumps!
    7:22 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Great post Nate. You hit the nail on the head.

  9. Booyakasha
    7:24 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Ulis is the guy. September 8th is the date. He’s coming unless something crazy happens. His AAU coaches were confused as to why UK wanted Ulis if they were getting Mudiay, but I think they’re clear now.

  10. Michael
    7:25 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Details: I can’t find where Will mentions Exum being a target for this season anywhere in the above article. He does however point out the fact that NEXT SEASON Exum will decide whether to go pro or college. Perhaps you should read this article before commenting about it.

  11. Michael
    7:31 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I just can’t imagine Cal’s plan for next season is having Ulis start at the point. He’s an explosive/undersized guard, and would be a great addition; I just hope we have more depth than that. I mean didn’t we go this route before? Recently?

  12. Jordan
    8:10 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    This situation scares the hell out of me. Ryan Harrow all over again, it’s like he’s still haunting me in my sleep. Make a hard push for Jones but please no Ulis

  13. Greg
    8:37 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    Ulis carries himself and plays different than harrow. Harrow didn’t have a killer instinct, just because a guy is short doesn’t make him the same player as Ryan harrow. Harrow had the tools, just not the mind set. Ill take Tyler Ulis all day and next Tuesday. I wouldn’t mind having Magee with him though since they have such different styles between each of their game. But I want Ulis, he’s a true point and showed in front of cal that he can play and perform well against the best this class has to offer at the peach jam

  14. Katdaddy
    8:45 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    I totally agree with 12! Cal put all is eggs in one basket again. And probably wishes he had offered Perkins now. Exum is the only PG left that is UK worthy.

  15. Katdaddy
    8:47 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    And JONES.

  16. wow
    9:29 pm August 30, 2013 Permalink

    #6 Totten is too busy doing things like sucking up to UofL football players and sucking on Johnny football’s nutsack to read KSR. Why does he even write here? Isn’t he a student at UofL????

  17. Cat Fan in Vegas
    10:25 pm August 31, 2013 Permalink

    Just spent 30 minutes watching mixtapes of Ulis, and must admit that he is impressive offensively. Although, his size could be a problem when defending big point guards. Not only is he short, but petite in frame size and musculature. But… let’s not assume that a small point guard is a death sentence. Remember Kemba Walker from the 2010-2011 UCONN team? If we knew that Ulis could be another Kemba Walker, I think everyone would welcome this guy into Big Blue Nation.