We all know what the front court will look like on the Rupp Arena floor this season. Dakari Johnson, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee, Karl Towns, and Trey Lyles will give the ‘Cats one of the biggest rosters in the country without a doubt. However, Coach Calipari is already hot on the trail of a number of 2015 center prospects.
Session 4 of the Nike EYBL in Minneapolis, Minnesota is coming to a close this evening and a couple of those UK targets have been shining. Caleb Swanigan, who recently reclassified to 2015 from 2016, plays with Spiece Indy Heat and Stephen Zimmerman plays with the Oakland Soilders.
Swanigan, a 6’8”, 265 load from Homestead H.S. in northern Indiana is averaging a very impressive 18.5 points and 9.7 through 15 games. In his 3 games this weekend in Minneapolis he has gone for 17 & 15, 24 & 9, and 20 & 9. He will play once more this evening at 7:00. In the 247 Composite Rankings Caleb is ranked #40 overall and is the #8 center in the country.
Stephen Zimmerman is ranked #5 overall and the #2 center according to 247. The 6’11”, 225 Las Vegas native is scoring 9.2 points and grabbing 7.7 rebounds per game. Zimmerman blocked 5 shots in his game earlier today, and last night put up 9 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks in a win over Team Penny from Tennessee.
A teammate of Zimmerman with the Oakland Soilders, Ivan Rabb, holds a UK offer and is having a great spring circuit as well. At 6’10”, 198 pounds Rabb is ranked as the #1 power forward and the #2 players overall by 247. He is averaging 14.5 points and 9.1 rebounds while shooting nearly 63% from the field.
Another 2015 center with a UK offer, Skal Labissiere, has come off of a season long injury to really impress folks this summer as well. He switched AAU teams to play with M33M out of Tennessee, a team run by NBA player Mike Miller, but is playing great all the same. Considered the #8 prospect in the country, and #3 center, by 247, Skal is considered a pretty strong Memphis lean, but we all know becoming a top priority of Coach Cal can change a lot of things in a hurry.