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Calipari and Barbee were out recruiting this morning.
The two UK coaches were courtside for the adidas Uprising All-America Camp in New York, where they watched two of their top targets in the 2016 class: Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins.
Calipari was in Atlanta last night for the Under Armour event to see Markelle Fultz and a couple other 2016 prospects.
Edrice Adebayo likes UK.
The 6-foot-9 power forward, ranked fourth at his position, does not hold an offer from Kentucky but he still had great things to say about the program after playing in front of Calipari and Barbee this morning.
He told Adam Zagoria, “Their fan base is incredible. I like the way they play, fast, they go through their bigs. They just play hard basketball.”
Adebayo (from North Carolina, of course) is considering UNC, Duke, NC State and Wake Forest, among many others. He plans to cut his list at the end of the month before making a decision this fall.
Simmons sounds very, very, very high on Kentucky.
Also from Zagoria… Simmons said of Kentucky, “Me and Cal talk pretty much every day now. It’s a strong recruitment and he just tells me he wants me. I know what they do, I know the system, I’ll have the ball in my hands and I want to try and win a national championship.”
I’ll be pretty shocked if this kid ends up anywhere but Lexington next summer.
The Big Blue Madness guest list is taking form.
Confirmed visitors: Miles Bridges and Rawles Alkins
Rumored performer: Drake
Many more to come.
Dennis Smith Sr. says Kentucky offer is bigger than just any offer.
Dennis Smith Jr., the No. 1 point guard in America, picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky Tuesday evening and his father knows the magnitude of Calipari’s call. Smith Sr. said, “It’s Kentucky, so you can’t say it’s just another offer.”
The elder Smith expected to hear from UK eventually and he understands Cal typically waits until later in the process.
Still, all signs point to Simmons taking the point guard spot in Lexington from this class. Reaching out to Smith may be a way to speed up Simmons’ decision.
UNC offered Markelle Fultz.
Ol’ Roy threw his name in the mix for the five-star guard, not even a week after John Calipari told Fultz he has a spot at Kentucky. Now Fultz only needs Duke to have a scholarship at the three schools he desires most.