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All the recruiting info you missed this weekend


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.

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9 Comments for All the recruiting info you missed this weekend

  1. RealCatsFan
    12:19 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    These recruiting decisions don’t make a lot of sense. You sure don’t often see stuff like this going on with football recruiting – the top dogs usually go to the top programs. The trolls who like to argue that UK buys their recruits don’t have much to stand on this year. If anything, it should sign a light on some of these lesser programs hauling in these recruits. Why is Johnny Jones pulling in the #1 overall recruit as well as a 5* guard? Doesn’t make any sense – when you think of a fast path to the NBA, LSU is not the path that you think about. Same goes for Miss St, UNLV, St. Johns, etc.

    • J-Dub421
      12:39 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

      And still, none of them are considering Louisville. Lol. 🙂

    • Catsby80
      1:09 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

      I think this platoon system probably scared off some of these top guys, too… My guess is that they want to be “the guy” at their program and play 35 minutes and average 15-20 points… Who knows though… I trust that Cal will land at least one or two more guys for next season.

  2. AFeltrop13
    12:41 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    Not wanting to generalize or say a kid is one way or another, but the guys in this class, not the UK guys, seems to have more of “me” attitude. Again, could be way off, but just the vibe I get.

    • Wildcat7
      1:02 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

      I kind of agree with this. Most of these players going to those schools that aren’t the top tier programs will definitely be getting a lot of minutes wherever they end up and they seem to want to be “the man.” So I’ve noticed it too with this class.

  3. RC
    12:56 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    Could it be the platoon system, limited minutes & stats are scaring some guys away? I can imagine other coaches telling these kids that they’ll play 25 mins a night and get all the shots they want at their school. Even Dook can prove that a 7 man rotation featuring freshmen can win a title. Would you rather have Justice Winslow’s resume or Trey Lyle’s?

    • catsincebirth
      1:55 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

      Yeah, I have to begrudgingly agree. The platoon worked this year because we had a special group of players. Although some might be smart enough to see that getting to practice day-in and day-out with NBA talent will only help them long term, as a society we more and more just want the quick win and immediate pleasure. Couple that with AAU circuit telling them they are stars now, and they want to get theirs.

  4. RealCatsFan
    2:05 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

    I think it will all swing back the other way when a lot of these guys don’t end up with the draft position they think they will get. You still can’t discredit the Kentucky Effect. Cal can counter arguments about playing time and being “the man” with the sheer number of ex UK players in the NBA.

    • J-Dub421
      2:21 pm April 20, 2015 Permalink

      It goes beyond just having the most players in the NBA, it’s what those players are doing and the huge contracts they’re signing. The first NBA contract is nice, but the second contract is usually the life-changing one, assuming one has the talent and work ethic to get it.