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The latest in UK basketball and football recruiting…
Wenyen Gabriel arrives in Lexington tonight.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Massachusetts is expected to touch down in Lexington tonight to begin his official visit to the University of Kentucky. Now the No. 16 player in the 247 Composite, Gabriel was unheard of earlier this year, that is, until he broke out in the summer AAU circuit. Kentucky swooped in with an offer in July and now he is one of John Calipari’s primary targets in the class.
Calipari visited Gabriel while in Massachusetts for his Hall of Fame enshrinement earlier this month, then again with Kenny Payne at Gabriel’s high school yesterday. There’s no doubt he is high atop Cal’s list for this class, especially with the very likely loss of Miles Bridges to Michigan State. Speaking of that…
All signs still point to Miles Bridges in East Lansing.
More and more people are getting behind the Bridges-to-Michigan State movement. Once believed to be a future Wildcat, Bridges is now predicted to become a Spartan when he announces his decision from his hometown of Flint in a week and a half.
It’s a shame things went wrong for Kentucky because Bridges was one of Cal’s favorites in the class. He is the prototypical Calipari player and would’ve benefited greatly from Cal’s coaching, but he’s likely headed for Izzo ball. Whatever happened on that recent visit to State changed everything.
Calipari watched his “No. 1 recruit” yesterday.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) September 23, 2015
Talking about Brad Calipari, of course. Cal checked in with his son Brad, as well as Hamidou Diallo and the aforementioned Wenyen Grabriel while in the Northeast yesterday.
Diallo is currently ranked as the No. 3 shooting guard in the 2017 class.
De’Aaron Fox will visit Louisville this weekend.
After seeing Fox invite his classmate to the in-home visit with Kentucky earlier this week, I want him more than any other player in the class — except for maybe Harry Giles, maybe. Fox showed great character and selflessness by considering his friend, a UK fan with special needs, when John Calipari was in town. It said all we need to know about what Fox is like off the court.
I think we can all agree: he’s too good for Louisville.
Star defensive tackle has eyes on the Cats, will visit this weekend.
Per Justin Rowland over at Cats Illustrated, Emmit Gooden is a name to watch in football recruiting. The 14th-ranked strong-side defensive end has offers from LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State, among many others, but he has interest in Kentucky and will be on campus for the Missouri game. UK can throw its name in the top of the mix with an impressive weekend, and that’s a mix we just weren’t used to being in prior to the Mark Stoops era. Times are changing, if you haven’t noticed.
That’ll do it for now. I’m off to the see the new recruiting room in Commonwealth Stadium.
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