This is the period where college basketball coaches travel around for in-home visits and recruit their top targets. But at the same time, a lot of major Assistants go to second-level players and evaluate whether they can help their program. Along those lines, UK Assistants went to Cordia High School yesterday and saw Malik Hines play. Hines is a 6’9″ 2014 Power Forward who has Top 25-level Athleticism, but whose skill set is still under evaluation. He has offers from UNLV, UCONN, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, but top schools like Ohio State and Syracuse have evaluated him this week. He has just moved to Kentucky from Mississippi (where he played for the last three years) and now the Cats are clearly interested enough to take a visit.
And yes, the picture also includes former Cat Rod Rhodes, who is the coach at Cordia. His appearance in this picture makes it even more interesting to me. Two generations of UK basketball coming together. UK hasn’t offered yet, but it is a situation worth monitoring.