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Bill Self may have an edge with several UK targets

Last summer John Calipari had the benefit of being around and coaching several elite recruiting targets for several weeks and this time it’s Bill Self’s turn.

The Kansas head coach, along with Wake Forest’s Danny Manning and Dayton’s Anthony Grant, will coach the USA U18 team this summer in the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship from June 10-16 in St. Catharines, Canada. Last summer Calipari coached the U19 team that traveled to Egypt.

There’s no denying this can be a major advantage for a collegiate head coach and while it didn’t work out well for Calipari, it will be worth watching how Self builds relationships with some of the best players in high school and college basketball.

32 targets will compete from May 31st to June 2nd for 12 roster spots. Several UK targets are in the mix and will be considered to play for Self:

Tyrese Maxey (2019)

Cole Anthony (2019)

Bryan Antoine (2019)

Scottie Lewis (2019)

Armando Bacot (2019- UK hasn’t shown a great deal of interest)

Keion Brookes (2019)

Matthew Hurt (2019)

Jalen Leque (2019)

Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (2019)

Hunter Dickinson (2020)

Some of the players listed are major Kentucky targets and some may have just heard from the Cats a time or two, but all will be coached by Self for at least a few days, at most nearly a month. Also, former UK targets Quentin Grimes and Zion Williamson may participate in the camp, so Self will get a chance to have a better idea what to expect from Grimes.

Last year Calipari had a camp that included uncommitted stars Bol Bol, Romeo Langford, Brandon McCoy, Louis King, Immanuel Quickley, Cameron Reddish and Mitchell Robinson. The Cats only landed Quickley, who was a strong Kentucky lean before the games. UK commits/players Kevin Knox, P.J. Washington and Hamidou Diallo were also in the camp with the latter two making the final roster.

It didn’t work out for Calipari and we can only hope for the same result with Self.

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Article written by TJ Walker

7 Comments for Bill Self may have an edge with several UK targets



  1. wildcatfan20
    10:08 am May 8, 2018 Permalink

    You could argue it was a disadvantage for UK.



    • chris43
      5:36 am May 9, 2018 Permalink

      I fully agree. I’m not sure if that was due to us not winning it all or Cal counted birds in the bush as in hand AKA Bol Bol only to pick over them in hopes of landing another player. But it def did not work out well for us.



    • (Aixelsyd)0505
      12:47 pm May 9, 2018 Permalink

      Could you repeat that in laymen terms?



  2. Mathlete
    10:30 am May 8, 2018 Permalink

    Kansas will be on probation by the time most of these kids will be deciding on a school



  3. SuperTroy18
    10:32 am May 8, 2018 Permalink

    I can only hope that their involvement with the FBI investigation hurts their prospects with the best guys out there.



  4. StuckinLville
    11:22 am May 8, 2018 Permalink

    Kansas is under investigation. A lot of recruits are going to be leary of that. But no one is scared of Self. Half the recruits he gets end up ineligible or head cases.



  5. wyatts1
    8:29 pm May 8, 2018 Permalink

    Has he always been bald? Lol or is this some sorta Mandela effect going on? I would’ve swore he had a head full of hair ?????