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Kobi Simmons is excited about his official visit to UK
One of the three 2016 point guards Cal has offered will come to Lexington on August 28 for an official visit, and yesterday, tweeted that he can’t wait:
Kentucky Visit Coming Up ðŸ˜âšªï¸ðŸ”µ #BBN
— Shoogs (@JordanKobi) August 13, 2015
Simmons has been very high on the Cats, going as far as to call Kentucky his “dream school.” It appeared Cal felt the same way about Simmons until he offered two more point guards in the class in Dennis Smith and De’Aaron Fox. Has he cooled on Simmons or is he simply just trying to nudge him closer to a commitment? I have a feeling we’ll find out one way or the other during his visit.
Speaking of Fox, he’s announcing his final list tomorrow
The talented point guard sent out this tweet yesterday, with starts with a bit of a humble brag:
Sorry for the inconvenience, I've been out of the country for awhile. Therefore I'll be announcing my final list of schools on Fridayâ€¼ï¸
— De'Aaron Fox (@Swipathefox5) August 12, 2015
If Kentucky doesn’t make that list, I’ll be shocked.
Draft Express has a new scouting report on Wenyen Gabriel
Yesterday, 2016 power forward Wenyen Gabriel narrowed his list to Kentucky, Maryland, Duke, UConn and Providence and said he’ll take official visits to Kentucky, Maryland and Duke, with his trip to Lexington scheduled for sometime in late September. Draft Express has a new scouting report out on Gabriel, and here’s just a little bit of what Jonathan Givony had to say about the 6’9″ PF:
One of the fastest rising prospects in high school basketball after a breakout summer on the AAU circuit. Went from virtual unknown to five star status according to most recruiting outlets. A native of Sudan, Gabriel moved to the US when he was three years old, together with his parents, brothers and sister Karima, who currently plays basketball at Boston College. He reportedly shot up around nine inches in the last four years, which helps partially explain his comfort level playing on the perimeter. Gabriel’s AAU coach Vin Pastore says Gabriel has added 20 pounds to his frame in the last year, which tells you something about just how skinny he’s been in the past.
Sounds good to me. Click here to read more about Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones.
Markelle Fultz is on a visit to Washington right now
The 6’4″ 2016 combo guard began his official visit to Washington today after trips to Arizona and Louisville. He may also visit Miami later this month. Fultz took an unofficial visit to UK back in May, and the Cats currently have a 45% lead in his Crystal Ball. According to his mentor Keith Williams, he has no plans to take an official visit to Kentucky.
“Markelle knows what he needs to know about Kentucky,” Williams told 247 Sports. There’s a quote you can interpret a million ways.
Last weekend, Fultz scored 51 points in the Big Strick Classic Scrimmage. No jumpers. As you might imagine, that was quite impressive:
That’ll do. Now go treat yourself to a new mattress.