In what usually wouldn’t be newsworthy on Kentucky Sports Radio, Arizona swingman Rawle Alkins has chosen to remove himself from this year’s NBA Draft and return to Arizona for his sophomore season. The reason that this impacts the Kentucky basketball landscape is that Sean Miller and Arizona were thought to be the leader for Pittsburgh transfer Cameron Johnson.
Rivals.com’s Corey Evans told CatsIllustrated that he thinks it puts Kentucky in the driver’s seat in the chase for Johnson.
“Definitely does help UK though,” Evans said in a message. “Think they jump ahead of Zona.”
The one big thing for UK fans to watch is how North Carolina has turned into a possible contender in the Cam Johnson sweepstakes. Evans mentions that he thinks UNC is the probable landing spot for Johnson if Pittsburgh decides to recant on their decision to block his transfer to any other ACC school.
You can read the entire story from CatsIllustrated.com here.
I think that the Hamidou Diallo decision that will come sometime in the next three days before the May 24th deadline, will have a major bearing on if Johnson is playing for the Wildcats next season. In my opinion, if Diallo chooses to stay in the draft, I think there’s a much larger chance that Coach Cal can bring Johnson to Lexington. However, if Diallo comes back to school for a season, then the door is wide open on that recruitment.
The first half of this week will almost completely finish the mold for what the UK basketball team will look like next season. Should be an exciting three or four days.