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No UK Commits are Naismith Semifinalists

Bamba and Quade Green

Bamba and Quade Green

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

5 Comments for No UK Commits are Naismith Semifinalists

  1. Ranch
    12:23 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Hopefully soon!

  2. Sentient Third Eye
    12:38 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    We have only had one consensus best player in the nation coming into UK…but we’ve had several leaving! I’ll take POY and # 1 draft picks over Naismith every time.

    • symphonist41169
      1:34 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      I still believe in Cal, think he’s a great fit for UK, but when he says “players first” he obviously means the ultimate goal is getting players into the NBA, and that really bothers me. If he thinks UK fans really care about that more than hanging championship banners then he’s made a major miscalculation. I also think in the back of my mind “We’ll just have to re-learn the entire team’s names again next year anyway…” I’m just not sure how I feel about that. YES, please go after the top players, but is it totally necessary to go after 1-year five star players exclusively? I’m certainly not a Pitino apologist or sympathizer, but it seems like he does more with much less talent in a much tougher league and schedule. So has Pastner, Drew, Miller, etc.etc. Yes, I know how many Final Fours Cal has been to in the last 7 years. But at the end of the day it’s about championships. Dean Smith went to a LOT of Final Fours too but had only 2 championships in 30+ years to show for it. I still support Cal, but there may be cracks forming in its foundation. And please, PLEASE, stop saying someone is a “troll” if they question something being done by Cal. I’ve followed the Cats since Rupp was coaching Issel and the Super Kittens.

    • somerset bill
      4:45 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

      there are still a couple slots left in next year’s class, symphy. not sure how we would work it to make sure those guys aren’t good enough to go pro next year though. any ideas?

  3. runtsfan
    2:29 pm February 7, 2017 Permalink

    Agree 41169. If Rick had stayed, Uk would be a dynasty. Cal would still be at someplace like Memphis. UK legitimized Cal – not the other way around. One disagreement. Cal’s ONLY goal is getting players in the NBA, not the ultimate goal. I find the one and done very unsatisfying.