Well, that was a short trip. After heading to Spain on Saturday for the FIBA U17 World Championship, John Calipari is already back in the Bluegrass. Calipari watched Team USA take on Egypt on Sunday, giving him the opportunity to scout several 2017 targets, including Wendell Carter, Kevin Knox, and Gary Trent Jr., along with 2018 targets Immanuel Quickley, and Javon Smart.
Whereas his trip over was full of TSA wonder (they made him take off his belt and his pants fell off!), Calipari said the return trip was “pretty uneventful.”
Flight back from Barcelona was pretty uneventful. Gotta give a shoutout to Delta, esp. our purser Jackie Wynne, who treated us like royalty.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) June 28, 2016
Why not spend a few days enjoying the beautiful Spanish sunshine? Because Calipari’s gotta go to work. Not only does the July evaluation period begin next week at the Peach Jam, 2017 point guard Quade Green will visit UK in the coming days. Green visited Duke and got an offer this past weekend, and judging by his comments to MadeHoops.com’s Pat Lawless, he is looking for the same during his trip to Lexington:
“I’m headed to Kentucky in the next couple of days, which I am looking forward to,” Green said. “Hopefully I get an offer from the time that I am there and I’m interested to see how my conversation goes with the coaches.”
Clearly, Calipari is all in on Trae Young at point guard in 2017, but Cal has never shied away from offering multiple guards in one class. Something interesting to keep an eye on in the coming days.
Until then, let’s watch Green work: