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Let’s talk UK football and basketball recruiting…
Duke is all over Wenyen Gabriel and they need back off.
Fresh off his official visit to the University of Kentucky, Wenyen Gabriel will host Coach K and the Duke coaching staff today at Gabriel’s Massachusetts high school. Kryeswekskwisi is putting the full court press on Gabriel despite landing a commitment from four-star power forward Javin DeLaurier over the weekend, and being in good position for No. 1 overall player and power forward Harry Giles. If Duke were to somehow add Gabriel and Giles to a class that already includes DeLaurier, Jayson Tatum and Frank Jackson, it would go down as one of the best classes of all time, maybe even the best.
That is why we really need Kryewiswkski to back off Gabriel and let John Calipari work. Gabriel is high on Cal’s list for the 2016 class and the last thing we want to see if Coach K pulling off more of his recent Coach K magic and stealing another one away from UK.
Should Cal take Kobi Simmons?
As I mentioned in this morning’s wakeup, we still believe Kentucky is the pick for Simmons, if he’s willing to hold off on a commitment. Cal is too high on De’Aaron Fox to take a commitment from Simmons right now and potentially deter Fox from picking the Cats. The same goes for Malik Monk at the two-guard spot. Those guys are the priorities and Simmons, though still good, is a second tier choice after a rather mediocre summer. This is one where Cal will have to work carefully with how he plays his pieces. Last year he wanted Carlton Bragg to wait and that plan backfired.
Miles Bridges to announce Saturday.
Signs still pointing toward East Lansing for the five-star forward. Just two weeks ago we were expecting him to become a Cat. Things can change so quickly.
Kentucky football is one of Rivals.com’s trending teams, four months before NSD.
Over at Rivals.com, Jason Howell named five teams trending upward with four months before National Signing Day. Here is what he had to say about the Cats:
Kentucky is riding high on the numbers right now. With 22 commitments, the Wildcats only have a few more additions to make. Under Mark Stoops, the Wildcats have taken a step forward on the recruiting front, but it looks like the 2016 group will slide back down the list when the final rankings arrive. Why? Kentucky’s average star ranking is right around it’s five-year average star ranking, and just below the 3.32 average star ranking of its highest finish, No. 17 in 2014. It should finish high, but it looks like this group is headed for a lower finish than its current ranking. [Rivals.com]
Drake Jackson and Kash Daniel signed their financial aid paperwork over the weekend.
No turning back now!
— Kash Daniel (@KashDaniel15) September 27, 2015
— Drake Jackson (@THE_DRAKE_52) September 27, 2015
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