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Happy Tuesday afternoon, friends. Doesn’t this all of this rain make you want to curl up on a nice mattress from Sleep Outfitters and read the latest recruiting news? Me too, so let’s do it.
De’Aaron Fox Watch continues
Kentucky is considered the strong leader for the nation’s top point guard, who will wrap up his recruitment in the coming weeks. His high school coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader that John Calipari is expected to visit Fox at his school in Texas later this week and that Fox has been in “constant communication” with the UK staff.
If you listened to today’s show, you heard Matt’s prediction that a commitment from Fox could come by the Kentucky State exhibition, which is a week from Friday. Will Calipari’s visit later this week speed that up? Stay tuned…
Rawle Alkins says he will decide “as late as possible”
Alkins is doing a blog for USA Today’s high school site and his first entry includes a recap of his trip to North Carolina (“I would have to say that my favorite part was when Coach Roy hit the Quan!”). Alkins doesn’t mention Kentucky much, only to say they’re part of his top eight, but write that he plans to make his decision “as late as possible”:
My recruitment process is cool; I still plan to wait as late as possible before I decide. I just want to see who’s all definitely coming and who’s staying in school and who’s leaving. I just feel like people can be promised lots of things and commit early thinking the player that’s there is getting drafted but it’s all about how guys play during the season. It’s not about what people say. I think it’s just smarter to wait and get all of the information and then decide what’s best for me.
Smart kid. Hopefully, in his next entry, he’ll talk about the letter he received from UK fan Preston Carter last week encouraging him to come to Kentucky.
ESPN’s new team rankings put Kentucky’s 2016 class at #7 so far
Jeff Borzello writes that it’s “another slow-starting class” for the Cats, but as always, will pick up speed as the year goes on. Of current UK commit Wenyen Gabriel, Borzello writes:
“Gabriel was one of the biggest risers during the summer period, catapulting from a back-end top-100 prospect into the five-star range. He has a high ceiling and is only getting better.”
Hopefully De’Aaron Fox will boost UK’s ranking soon.
Kash Daniel received his US Army All-American Bowl jersey today
– USAAAB Tour (@SelectionTour) October 27, 2015
Now he, Drake Jackson, and Landon Young all have their jerseys for the bowl game, which will take place January 9 in San Antonio, Texas.
Now go getcha a mattress!