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Sleep Outfitters’ Thursday Recruiting Roundup

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Happy Thursday afternoon, everyone. We’re that much closer to the weekend! Let’s celebrate by going over the latest recruiting news, because there’s been A LOT of it this week.

There are three visits to keep an eye on this weekend

This weekend, three of UK’s top targets will visit the schools considered UK’s best competition in their recruitments: Harry Giles will visit Duke; Malik Monk will visit Arkansas; and Bam Adebayo will visit NC State. Duke has long been considered the favorite for Giles, but Calipari has tried his hardest to make up ground in the past few months (more on this in a minute). Kentucky is now the leader for Monk, but will a visit to his home state school turn up the pressure to stay home and play for the Razorbacks? Similarly, NC State is pulling out all the stops for Bam Adebayo, including bringing in his AAU teammate Dennis Smith Jr., who committed to the Wolfpack in September.

Calipari has made a lot of progress on all three of these guys, but will this weekend’s visits derail the Cats’ momentum?

Cal visited De’Aaron Fox today

Cal stooped by Cypress Lakes High in Katy, Texas today to check in on the nation’s number one point guard, who will announce his decision in the coming weeks. All signs continue to point to Kentucky.

Jarrett Allen pushed his visit back a week

The five-star power forward from Texas was scheduled to visit Kentucky this weekend, but had to reschedule for next weekend. Now, he’ll spend Halloween weekend at Houston, one of the in-state schools pursuing him the hardest. For some reason, I don’t feel like I know Allen as well as the other 2016 prospects, so let’s fix that with some highlights:

ICYMI, Harry Giles will announce his decision on November 14

Yesterday, Evan Daniels went on KSTV and said he believes Kentucky’s made up some ground with Giles, who will announce his decision at the Phenom National Showcase in North Carolina on November 14.

“I do think Kentucky made up some ground on their visit and you certainly can’t count them out,” Daniels said. “I think most have signed him off for Duke, but it’s too early to do that yet. I think Kentucky is certainly involved.”

Barring a disastrous trip to Durham, I still think Duke’s the safe pick here.


Speaking of Evan, this tweet is pretty awesome

Gabriel, of course, is already on board. Even if Kentucky misses out on Giles, landing both De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk (who have discussed playing together at the next level) would be HUGE.

Switching to football…

Mac Jones will be at the Tennessee game

UK’s 2017 QB commit will come up to Lexington for Saturday’s game after a huge game of his own Friday night. Jones will lead Bolles against Raines in the Florida Class 4A District 2 championship game.

If I had to guess, I’d say he’ll be joined by several of the 2016 commits. I don’t think Landon Young, Drake Jackson, or Kash Daniel have missed a game this season.

Speaking of 2017 commits…

Michael Warren ran for almost 200 yards last week

UK’s 2017 RB commit ran wild in Toledo Central Catholic’s win over Toledo St. John’s last Friday, rushing 28 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a touchdown out of the wildcat formation. Warren visited Michigan State earlier this year, but insists he’s fully committed to Kentucky.

“I love everything about Kentucky, and I love it when I’m there,” Warren told’s Bill Greene. “It’s a great program, and they’re doing a good job this year, but they have to learn to finish games off.”

Yes, they do. Click here to check out Warren’s highlights from last week.

Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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5 Comments for Sleep Outfitters’ Thursday Recruiting Roundup

  1. CatBlue in LR
    5:28 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    I’ve said all along I think it will be extremely difficult to pry Monk away from Arkansas, primarily because of his brother’s status as an ex-two-sport jock there, his relationship with Mike Anderson (former administrative asst.) and his status in the community (talk-show host, AAU coach). I earnestly hope I’m wrong. Malik would look awesome in blue!

  2. Short-term Memory
    6:00 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    What were the twins, James Young, Julius Randle, and Safari Dakari? That wasn’t very long ago…

    • Jordan
      11:13 am October 30, 2015 Permalink

      I believe Daniels was referring to his own site’s rankings. Rivals have Randle, Twins, and Dakari in the top 10. James Young was #11. Almost had half the top 10 that year

    • Scott
      11:57 am October 31, 2015 Permalink

      Yes, I was curious about that too. I realize different sites had slightly different rankings but almost every site had at least 4 of UK’s guys in the top 10, and they almost unanimously had 5 of the top 12 that year. Maybe daniels had two of those guys 11/12 or something, but his remark is still a little silly.

      Having said that I hope UK pulls in all those guys, or at least Monk/Fox as most people predict

  3. Leuther
    9:57 pm October 29, 2015 Permalink

    My sources continue to insist that Giles is a lock for Dook…