Shoutout to Nick Kloiber and his wife for sending in this picture of themselves repping the Cats in front of the massive statues of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jung Il in Pyongyang, North Korea. How exotic and slightly scary! I think that deserves some Friday evening recruiting notes, don’t you?
Rawle Alkins says Kentucky is still in contact with him
Kentucky’s 2016 class is stacked, and outside of possibly Marques Bolden, John Calipari’s recruiting for next season is probably over; however 2016 small forward Rawle Alkins told ZagsBlog that UK assistant Tony Barbee’s still in contact with him:
“He’s talking to me about being an NBA team in the college,” he said. “At the same time, it’s Kentucky basketball, which speaks for itself. [John] Calipari is definitely a Hall of Fame coach. He is stressing I can be Tyreke Evans, the next Tyreke Evans when he was at Memphis. He just had that dog in him, that man amongst boys, that aggressiveness. He sees that in me, he said Tyreke Evans dribbles better, but he said I shoot it better. So, that’s different in that caliber. He compared me to Lance Stephenson, everyone says that. I don’t really pay attention to that, I don’t really pay attention to any comparison honestly. He tells me I can come in, Kentucky basketball is Kentucky basketball, they can go ten deep. They have a Malik Monk, they have a De’Aaron Fox, my confidence is already there so I don’t really need to prove anything to anyone. I’m not the type of guy that pays any attention to the rankings because I feel like I’m the best.”
My guess here is that Barbee’s keeping Kentucky in the game in case there’s a mass exodus to the Draft this spring, which makes a lot of sense since Alkins says he’ll wait until the late spring to sign. His current list is North Carolina, N.C. State, Arizona, Louisville, Kentucky, Kansas, UNLV, St John’s and Indiana.
Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, and Wenyen Gabriel playing in the Hoophall Classic this weekend
Do you live in the Springfield, Massachusetts area? If so, you should go check out Bam Adebayo, Malik Monk, and Wenyen Gabriel play in the Hoophall Classic. All three will be playing throughout the weekend, and Adebayo’s game on Monday evening will be televised on ESPNU.
ESPN’s Reggie Rankin did a preview of the event, and included notes on all three signees. Here’s what he had to say about Adebayo:
Bam Adebayo, PF, ESPN 100 No. 6 (Kentucky), High Point Christian/High Point, NC
Adebayo has been a terror on the glass and has continued to improve as a low-post scorer, with comfortable range from 12 to 15 feet not to mention his non-stop motor and rim-rattling finishes. I will be looking to see if this trend continues because if it does, Adebayo could make the ESPN 100 top 5 discussion very interesting.
If you’ve got an ESPN Insider subscription, click on over to read what Rankin has to say about Monk and Gabriel.
Hoopseen.com says UK is “gaining ground” with Marques Bolden
The last six picks on Marques Bolden’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball have been for Kentucky, and Hoopseen.com’s Corey Evans wrote yesterday that the Cats are “gaining further ground” for the nation’s number one center:
Marques Bolden, DeSoto High School: One of the more polished back to the rim big men in all of America, Bolden has been a difficult read over the last few months. The 6-foot-10 big man has the perfect size and strength in competing at the highest level of basketball. He can score over either shoulder in the post and has slowly developed a nice face-up game from 15-feet and in. With great touch and hands within the interior, Bolden cleans his area on the glass and when engaged, is a special watch. The Lone Star State native had, at one time, thought to have been a Duke lean, and then Kansas lean, and now still uncommitted, is looking at the previously mentioned two blueblood programs, along with Alabama, Oklahoma, TCU, and a program gaining further ground with him in the Kentucky Wildcats.