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ESPN says UK leads for Malik Monk, De’Aaron Fox, and Jarrett Allen
ESPN Insider’s Adam Finkelstein posted a lengthy recruiting update this morning, and in it, said he believes Kentucky leads for shooting guard Malik Monk, point guard De’Aaron Fox, and center Jarrett Allen. We knew as much on Fox and there were hints that the Cats were surging ahead of Arkansas for Monk, but the news on Allen is actually surprising. The Texas native’s 247 Crystal Ball is 90% Longhorns, for goodness’ sake. Allen visits UK on Halloween weekend, and Finkelstein said he thinks UK will end up with either Marques Bolden or Jarrett Allen:
Allen cut his list to eight and is coming off a recent visit to Notre Dame which reportedly went well. Nonetheless though, it’s starting to look more and more like Allen could be headed to either Kansas or Kentucky, schools he’ll will visit in back-to-back weekends to end the month of October. Ultimately, it might come down to the domino effect, given that both schools are in the mix for Marques Bolden. If one guy ends up at Kentucky, the other could be sealed for Kansas.
Finkelstein’s predictions for other UK targets:
- Harry Giles: Duke
- Bam Adebayo: NC State
- Rawle Alkins: NC State
- Kobi Simmons: Ohio State
- Marques Bolden: Kansas
De’Aaron Fox wants to announce before November 16
That’s the day his senior season starts, and from what we’re hearing, he’ll be a Cat. Whispers aside, Fox already seems to have a bond with the program after inviting one of his friends, a UK fan with cerebral palsy, to his in-home visit with Cal. After the visit, Fox said it was “probably the best feeling I’ve ever had in my life. I’ve never got to help someone out like that.”
Not only would Kentucky be getting the best point guard in a loaded 2016 class, they’ll be getting a quality individual.
Harry Giles cancels his visit to North Carolina
After a “great time” at Big Blue Madness, the 6’10” power forward canceled his visit to North Carolina, his home state school. He’s also considering Duke, Kentucky, Wake Forest, and Kansas. While the Blue Devils are still considered the leader, we’re hearing Kentucky made up some ground on Giles’ visit to Lexington. At one point during the Madness festivities, Calipari walked over to Giles and said something. Any guesses as to what it was?
Drake Jackson will receive his US Army All-American jersey on Friday
Friday’s a big day for future Cat Drake Jackson, who will receive his US Army All-American jersey at 2 p.m. in a ceremony at Woodford County. Nick Roush will be on hand to cover the event for us before he leaves for Starkville. The last time Drake was in front of the cameras, he throw down the L next to a Louisville softball commit, so I can’t see what he does this time.
Tadarrius Patterson hints he’s close to committing
The three-star outside linebacker seemed a lock for Kentucky this summer, but recently visited Alabama and picked up an offer from Mississippi State. In fact, he’ll be at the Kentucky/Mississippi State game in Starkville this weekend. Hopefully it will be the Cats that impress, and not the Bulldogs…