Ten high school prospects were named Semifinalists for the Naismith High School Player of the Year. Of the five committed prospects in the 2017 class, none of them made the list. However, a few UK targets made the cut.
Point guard Trae Young, small forward Kevin Knox and power forward Mohamed Bamba could win the coveted award that’s only been won by one other Wildcat, Ron Mercer.
Young will announce his college decision next Thursday, but will likely choose Kansas. The Cats are in good shape with Bamba after he took his official visit for the South Carolina game. Knox officially visited campus for the Kansas game. Calipari followed up with Knox the following Friday by watching him play in Tampa. Knox will officially visit North Carolina next weekend.