Monday was full of news and most of it involves the makeup of next year’s basketball roster. Let’s rehash on all the latest shake-ups in recruiting and NBA decisions, as well as what lies ahead this week.
(But first say hello to our friends in front of the Pacaya volcano in Guatemala.)
1. Bam Adebayo hired an agent. #HeGone
As expected all along, Bam Adebayo is yet another one-and-done player at the University of Kentucky. It took a little longer for Adebayo to officially make the jump, but he has now hired an agent and forfeited his amateur status to remain in the draft and pursue his NBA career. Adebayo was in his hometown in North Carolina over the weekend and I assume that is when the decision was finally made. Now he gone, as the saying goes. Good luck to him.
2. Mark Smith will announce his decision tomorrow.
Looking forward to next year, we will hear from one of the four remaining targets on John Calipari’s big board tomorrow. Mark Smith, the first of the three potential backcourt additions that were added to the radar this month, is all set to announce his decision on Wednesday. Illinois’ Mr. Basketball canceled plans to visit Kentucky after seeing a pair of Big Ten schools over the weekend, so things aren’t looking too positive for the Wildcats. That is okay, though, as Calipari already has Jemarl Baker and his eyes set on Cameron Johnson. Speaking of Johnson…
3. Cameron Johnson will take a visit to Kentucky tomorrow.
Johnson will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday for an official visit to Kentucky. The grad transfer from Pittsburgh will have two years of eligibility (so long as he graduates this spring) and UK is considered to be the leader for his next college basketball home. The trip to Lexington will be Johnson’s first official visit to any school since declaring his departure from Pitt. He is also considering Arizona, Ohio State, Oregon, UCLA and TCU.
4. Jemarl Baker is on campus right now.
We continue the basketball recruiting theme with a reminder that Jemarl Baker has been on campus since Sunday. The latest commit to the 2017 class, Baker will travel back to California sometime today and then return to Lexington this summer to begin his college basketball career as a Wildcat.
5. Jarren Williams re-opened his recruitment.
And now for some football recruiting news… Mark Stoops’ class took a big blow yesterday with word that Jarren Williams will re-open his recruitment following a long list of elite scholarship offers this spring. The dual-threat quarterback out of Georgia became Kentucky’s first member of its 2018 class when he committed last summer; now he has offers from teams all over the SEC, including a brand new one from that quarterback-stealing program in Tuscaloosa. This makes two QBs ripped out of Kentucky’s arms in two years.
6. The CATSPYs were all the craze last night.
Former co-workers Kaylee Hartung and Sean Farnham were in Lexington last night to host the CATSPY Awards, UK’s annual celebration of its athletic achievements. Among the notable winners were Malik Monk, Male Rookie of the Year; Dominique Hawkins, Supporting Role; Men’s Basketball, Team of the Year; and Jon Toth, Mr. Wildcat.
You can see a full list of the winners here.
7. Watch Marlana VanHoose sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”
Mariana VanHoose+Journey= Awesome pic.twitter.com/oq0qNVj3V1
— Clayton Abernathy (@ClaySTV1) April 25, 2017
8. Have you sent a scathing tweet to Hamidou Diallo today?
If you have, delete your account. If you haven’t, don’t.
Some of y’all are going to mess around and run him off for good.
9. This guy thinks Missouri is out of the picture for Kevin Knox.
Hearing from multiple sources #Mizzou wonâ€™t be the choice for Kevin Knox. Tigers made strong late effort, but that leaves NC, Duke, UK, FSU
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) April 24, 2017
If true, it’s back to the original four of Duke, UNC, Florida State and Kentucky for Knox. My prediction is still one of the ACC schools, especially if Calipari can convince Cam Johnson to commit on campus this week.
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