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Today, we’re starting a new feature on KSR with some help from our friends at Sleep Outfitters. Every Tuesday and Thursday, we’ll bring you the latest recruiting news for both basketball and football. Let’s start with the oblong ball…
Obviously, the biggest recruiting news this week centers around 4-star inside linebacker Kash Daniel, who will announce his decision on July 4th like a great American. The announcement is set for 1 p.m. Saturday at Paintsville High School, and the three hats on the table will be Kentucky, South Carolina, and Louisville. (If you’ve seen the picture of the hats, it’s pretty clear the Louisville gas station hat has no chance.)
All signs continue to point in Kentucky’s direction to the point that if Kash picks South Carolina or Louisville, it will be the biggest troll move in UK football recruiting history. I have it on good account that WON’T happen and the Cats are in great shape.
Craig Yeast’s son goes by the name of Russ and looks ready to follow in his dad’s footsteps at Kentucky. The 2017 athlete/wide receiver has offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, and Iowa to go along with interest from Notre Dame, Tennessee, Michigan, and Florida State. Earlier this week, he told CatsPause he enjoyed his visits to UK and Notre Dame the most, going as far to say he’s come very close to committing to the Cats.
“Every visit I take to Kentucky is an opportunity for me to see if that’s a place for me to see if I would like to play. I have been there a few times and I have came very close to committing but I realized that it is not time for that so I am going to back off of that.”
If the Cats keep trending upward, it’s only a matter of time until he’s on board.
Alkins picked up an offer from Kentucky in May, and the Cats’ interest in the 6’5″ shooting guard has ramped up considerably in the past few months. ZagsBlog is reporting that Kentucky will watch Alkins and his AAU team over the next three weeks in events in Georgia, Long Island, and Vegas. This dunk he threw down ten days ago should tell you why the Cats are so interested:
Simmons participated in the Steph Curry Select Camp this week and talked to Evan Daniels about his game and recruitment. I can’t embed the video here, but he mentioned Kentucky A LOT. Kentucky was the first school he mentioned when Evan asked which head coaches had visited him, the visits he’s taken, the visits he still wants to take, and the schools who have prioritized him recently.
Kentucky has been the favorite for Kobi for a while now, and although he hasn’t given a time frame for his decision, he says he’s thinking more and more about it every day.
Kentucky may not be considered the favorite for the number one player in 2016, but I had to include him because he’s tearing it up in the U19 World Championships in Greece this week. Yesterday, Giles scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in USA’s 93-45 win over Argentina, his second straight double-double of the tournament. In USA’s four wins, he’s averaged a team-high 14.5 points and 9.2 rebounds, looking every bit the best player in his class. For that reason, he remains one of Cal’s top priorities.
While most analysts think Giles will stay in-state and go to either UNC, Duke, or Wake Forest, Kentucky could sell him on immediate playing time assuming Skal Labissiere (and/or Marcus Lee) heads to the 2016 Draft.