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Sleep Outfitters’ Thursday Recruiting Roundup


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The nation’s top talent is on display at various recruiting events this week/weekend and every college basketball coach in the country is fighting for a seat up close to the action, hoping to be seen.

John Calipari and his entire staff are covering a lot of ground and piecing together the early makings of the 2016 recruiting class. They’ve already seen several of their top targets with plenty more basketball-watching to go.

As the action picks in Charlotte, Atlanta and North Augusta, take a second to catch up on the early news in today’s Sleep Outfitters Recruiting Roundup…


Malik Monk will announce his top five schools in August.

Monk, one of the top players in the 2016 class, will announce his final five on his brother’s radio show in August. Arkansas and Kentucky will undoubtedly be on the list, with the other three spots still somewhat up in the air.

The five-star shooting guard from just outside Fayetteville is shining in the Peach Jam for a second consecutive year. Gary Parrish called him his favorite player in the class and predicts he will sign a $100 million contract one day.

Calipari wants him. Calipari wants him bad.



Harry Giles went for 25 in his first game as Chris Paul watched on.

Giles and his glowing CP3 jersey got off to a great start in North Augusta. The top-ranked power forward in the class dropped 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting with 11 rebounds in very limited action. He sat for most of the second half once the game got out of hand.

Ridge Runner, KSR’s new scout on staff, watched Giles this morning and said he is “simply a beast.”

Hearing that hurts, knowing it’s unlikely he will end up at UK. But we can still dream.


Jayson Tatum to announce very, very soon.

Jayson Tatum, Giles’ good buddy, will announce his decision any day now and word on road is Duke is the heavy favorite to win out. Kentucky’s in the final four, but no one seems to think it will be the pick.

Wherever Tatum ends up, Giles is likely to follow.

Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke. Please don’t pick Duke.



Coach Cal watched Markelle Fultz, who once called UK his “dream school.”

Cal and Tony Barbee watched on as Markelle Fultz did his thing at the Under Armour All-America showcase this morning. Fultz, a five-star shooting guard, named Kentucky one of the programs recruiting him the hardest and said he plans to have a list of top schools together by next week.

Fultz told The Sporting News he’s been compared to DeAngelo Russell.


Calipari’s “Who’s next?” call has Miles Bridges’ attention.

The five-star small forward told Kyle Tucker, “(Calipari) knows what he’s doing. He knows he does it well. That’s why he says it and it’s true, too. Who’s next? Who’s next to go to the league?”

Bridges went for 22 and 11 this morning in front of UK assistant Kenny Payne. He is more than welcome to be next if he’d like.


Tom Crean always looks so unhappy at these events.

Indy Star

It’s almost like he knows that none of the kids he is watching want to go to his program because it’s terrible and he will almost certainly get canned next April. Just down there in Georgia wasting his time because every other coach in America is in the building so he feels obligated to show up.

Or something like that.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

9 Comments for Sleep Outfitters’ Thursday Recruiting Roundup

  1. ClutchCargo
    3:33 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

    Judging by Cal’s body language, Clappy just ate a booger and then farted.

    • Mike
      7:26 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

      I think that’s Mark Gottfried in the picture with Clappy.

  2. Ridge Runner
    3:51 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

    One item on Monk…

    My son & I sat right next to Team Penny bench and during shoot around, Monk pointed with his finger at us (well our UK wardrobe) and smiled. That was sooo cool. He had a good game (actually he WAS their offense) but Team Penny fell short. Kid can scoot down the court.

    • J-Dub421
      4:53 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

      Sweet, we’ll take him! 🙂

    • CatBlue in LR
      5:59 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

      Wasn’t Malik playing for Wings Elite against Team Penny? Or did I misread your post?

    • Ridge Runner
      11:19 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

      CatBlue, no chalk it up to me not typing out what I meant (old age??). Yes we sat next to the Team Penny bench as it was the only seats we could get. Everyone had the Elite’s side jammed as you could imagine with Malik. Thats was another reason it was cool he spotted us and acknowledged us.

      I just failed to say and the “Elite team fell short” in the game. My oops & good catch.

  3. CardFan502
    4:25 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

    Yo, yo! Is da Cards in on any of these recruits? Haha, nevermind….

    • J-Dub421
      4:53 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

      Your parody game is strong.

  4. CatBlue in LR
    6:03 pm July 9, 2015 Permalink

    We could really use Monk. Hope he’s really contemplating Cal’s “Who wants to be next?” meme and how it applies to his future. We had four guys drafted way ahead of Bobby Portis, and he was Arkansas’ top recruit and top draft pick in like a decade. Still, mad pressure on Monk to go with the Hogs.