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Checking in on UK’s recruits at the McDonald’s All-American Game

Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman (@Ballislife)

While the rest of us are preparing for the weekend of our lives, the McDonald’s All-American Game festivities keep rolling on in Chicago. The main event is tonight, so to get us ready, let’s check in on UK’s primary targets.

Malik Newman

Considering: Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss. Kansas, Connecticut, NC State

Newman is famously coy about his recruitment and has looked excellent in practices this week. Newman says he’s waiting for the draft deadline to decide, but admitted that “it feels like it’s time to decide now.” LSU and UK remain the perceived frontrunners. Newman told The Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones that if Devin Booker stays at Kentucky, that’s fine by him. “I think playing with a player like Book would really help my game because he can open up the floor for you.”

Caleb Swanigan

Considering: Kentucky, Michigan State, Duke, California, Arizona, Purdue and Chicago State

Swanigan turned some heads this week with strong performances in practice and says he’s ready to wrap up his recruitment soon. Right now, Michigan State still seems to be the favorite, but Cal has recently made a strong push in an attempt to woo a package deal of Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown.

Jaylen Brown

Considering: Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Michigan and California

Brown, a 6’6″ wing, has lived up to his hype this week and has told various reporters that he could decide in the next three weeks. For some reason, a comment he made several months ago about wanting to attend an adidas school surfaced this week, but Brown has since backtracked on that. Apparently, Brown has been talking plenty of trash this week, even yelling at Malik Newman during one of the scrimmages “He ain’t a point guard.” (H/t Evan Daniels)

Check out the ESPN crew break down Brown’s game:

Stephen Zimmerman

Considering: Kansas, Kentucky, UNLV, UCLA and Arizona

Zimmerman made waves with some ridiculous dunks in Monday night’s dunk contest. Zimmerman will wait until after the NBA Draft deadline (April 26) to make any more decisions about his recruitment; however, if the way his mother tweets is any indication, I think Kentucky is the favorite.

Here’s another insane dunk:

Cheick Diallo

Considering: Kentucky, Kansas, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and St. John’s

Kansas and St. John’s are considered the favorites for Diallo, who has reportedly been a little inconsistent in practice this week.

Isaiah Briscoe

Briscoe already signed with Kentucky and therefore doesn’t have the weight of a recruitment on his shoulders, and it shows. Briscoe has had a ball at the event, clowning around and cutting up with other recruits. Jerry Meyer told the Herald-Leader’s Ben Roberts that Briscoe has lived up to the billing of the #1 point guard in his class. “He played really well,” Meyer said. “He looks good, physically. I thought he looked explosive. He’s strong, he’s got quickness, he’s got savvy, he’s crafty. He’s great through contact.”

Want to judge these guys for yourself? Tune in to the game at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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2 Comments for Checking in on UK’s recruits at the McDonald’s All-American Game



  1. RealCatsFan
    11:34 am April 1, 2015 Permalink

    Even though I’m rally going to miss the guys who will be moving on from this team, I’m excited about the kids coming in. In addition to these guys, Skal will be a player (hopefully no eligibility issues), and you also have Thon Maker out there as a possibility after he reclassified.



    • WeareBBN
      12:13 pm April 1, 2015 Permalink

      Please don’t forget about Matthews….he is also ours and can play.