If you were like me, you spent your weekend in the yard, Home Depot, and generally as far away from the computer as possible. A LOT happened in the recruiting world while we were away, so to get you ready for a very busy week, here’s a recap of where Kentucky stands with each top target.
Cheick Diallo: Hosted Cal and Kenny Payne last night
Last night, John Calipari and Kenny Payne met with power forward Cheick Diallo, Rivals’ 7th best player in the class. Kentucky has reportedly recaptured some momentum with Diallo, who is also being heavily recruited by Kansas and St. John’s. St. John’s Slice has been close with Diallo for a while, but Kentucky now has another “in” with the Mali native: Skal Labissiere. The two native French speakers roomed together at the Nike Hoop Summit and Skal apparently had plenty to say to Diallo about teaming up with him at UK.
Mychal Mulder: Visting UK this weekend
The JuCo sharpshooter got an offer from UK over the weekend and will take an official visit to Lexington this weekend. With Devin Booker and Aaron Harrison gone, Kentucky desperately needs an outside threat, and Mulder could fill that void.
Brandon Ingram: Will announce on April 27
Duke and UNC are reportedly still the frontrunners for the North Carolina native, who hosted Cal and Kenny Payne on Friday. Ingram also met with Duke on Friday and will host them again on Tuesday. UNC will make their final plea on Wednesday before Ingram announces next Monday.
Jamal Murray (2016): Hosted Cal and Kenny Payne on Saturday
The 2016 shooting guard was one of the standouts at the Nike Hoop Summit and Calipari mixed a little business with pleasure this weekend, meeting with Murray and his family while in Toronto to see John Wall and the Wizards face off against Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, and the Raptors. Murray is considering reclassifying to 2015 and his father told Adam Zagoria a scholarship offer is understood.
Harry Giles (2016): Hosted Cal and Kenny Payne on Sunday
The 6’10” power forward is the number one player in the 2016 class, and like fellow North Carolinian Brandon Ingram, many believe he’ll stay in state. There’s been no talk of Giles reclassifying, so Cal and Kenny’s visit is just more prep work for the 2016 class. Ben Roberts is reporting that Giles will be in Lexington next weekend for a Nike EYBL event and could take an unofficial visit to campus while in town.
Thon Maker: Situation murky
Maker wasn’t at the Jordan Brand Classic and generally struggled on the All-Star circuit, especially against Skal Labissiere. Maker’s situation remains murky as he works towards reclassifying to 2015. College is not his only option; Maker is reportedly also exploring playing overseas or staying another year at his high school in Canada.
Malik Newman: Mississippi State surging
Newman and Jaylen Brown’s decisions are by far the most difficult to predict, and the latest buzz is that Newman will stay close to home and go to Mississippi State. Newman won’t take any more visits and won’t sign a letter of intent.
Jaylen Brown: Who knows
Brown did not meet with media during the Jordan Brand Classic and no one seems to know what he’ll do. Over the past few months, he’s actually added Cal, North Carolina, and Michigan to his list, which also includes Kentucky, Kansas, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and UCLA.