While the stars of today were on the court during the Alumni Game last night, the stars of tomorrow were just a few rows off the court to witness one of the best recruiting spectacles a college basketball program can offer last night. Most KSR readers are well aware of the three big recruits in town last night, Tyler Ulis, Jahlil Okafor, and Devin Booker. While they were obviously crucial visitors, especially Ulis who looks to make a decision very soon, there were several other recruits in attendance of note. Let’s go through them.
— Think the Class of 2016 is too far away to think about? Calipari apparently does not. 2016 point guard Kobi Simmons was in town to check out the Alumni Game and he loved it according to his Twitter:
— Kobi Simmons (@JordanKobi) September 10, 2013
Kobi Simmons is a 6’4″ PG out of Georgia who will be one of the premier recruits of the 2016 class. For all of the readers who freak out about having a “typical Calipari point guard”, this is your guy. I will have more on him later in the week when I do a full preview.
–There were 3 players in the 2015 class at the game as well. Luke Kennard, the deep range shooting guard out of Franklin, Ohio, visited for the game. Kennard has been to Kentucky several times recently and seems all but a lock to be a Wildcat. He is not overly explosive, but his shooting and basketball IQ make up for it. If you are looking for the first commit to pop in the 2015 class, Kennard would be the odds on favorite.
–Charles Matthews also attended the game. Matthews is another shooting guard in 2015 and considered by some recruiting sites to be the best shooting guard in the class (assuming you call #1 overall Malik Newman a point guard). Matthews is a teammate of Tyler Ulis on their AAU team, Meanstreets. While Matthews and Kennard play the same position, they could certainly coexist because Matthews is likely a “one and done” while Kennard would stay for at least 2 years. Matthews brings a 6’6″ body to the position with plenty of athleticism. He is a pure scorer and particularly efficient at driving to the basket. With Calipari’s excellence at recruiting Chicago recruits, do not be shocked if he manages to bring Kennard and Matthews to Lexington.
That’s all the news on the 2015 and 2016 guys at the Alumni Game. Check back later this week when I take an in-depth look at Kobi Simmons.