Shoutout to KSR fans and UK alums Mike Crawford, Amy Elizabeth Gray, and their dog, Tucker, who are repping the Cats high atop Pike’s Peak in Colorado. I’ll be in the…Googling “Colorado state nickname”…Centennial State this weekend for my cousin’s wedding, so this picture seemed very appropriate for today’s roundup of recruiting news. Let’s get to it!
Calipari visiting Lonnie Walker today
Shooting Guard | 6-5 | 195 lbs.
Reading, PA | Reading
AAU: Team Final
|ESPN||No. 19 | 4 SG||Top247||No. 23 | 4 SG|
|Rivals||No. 20||Scout||No. 23 | 3 SG|
Earlier today, Calipari tweeted that he was back on the recruiting trail, and according to Ben Roberts, he’s in Pennsylvania to visit five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker. This is Calipari’s second visit with the 6’5″ Walker so far during the fall recruiting period. Before you read too much into that, Cal has also checked in on his other shooting guard targets, Hamidou Diallo and John Petty, twice this month as well.
Here are some of Walker’s recent highlights:
The #1 prospect in the 2019 class will visit UK next month
|Balsa Koprivica (2019)
Center | 7-0 | 240 lbs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL | University School
AAU: Team Florida
|ESPN||No. 11 | 2 C||Top247||No. 1 | 1 C|
|Rivals||No. 3||Scout||No. 5 | 2 C|
Get to know the name Balso Koprivica. Already 7-feet tall, the 16-year-old Serbian native is considered the best prospect in the 2019 class by 247 Sports, and will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky in late October. It’s early, but he’s already got a few predictions for Kentucky in his Crystal Ball.
Don’t forget Nick Richards’ visit this weekend
Center | 6-11 | 235 lbs.
Manhasset, NY | St. Patrick’s
AAU: Expressions Elite
|ESPN||No. 12 | 5 C||Top247||No. 15 | 2 C|
|Rivals||No. 19||Scout||No. 17 | 7 C|
After hosting Calipari twice this fall, the New Jersey big man will take his official visit to Kentucky this weekend, hopefully in time to see the campers in Tent City. This will be the first official visit for Richards, who told ZagsBlog he’s also being recruited to Kentucky by Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who also attended St. Patrick’s.
“Yeah, we was talking about the NBA for a little bit,” Richards said. “He was just telling me what Kentucky can do for me as a person and develop my game.”
Also in that article is this promising quote on what Richards’ mom thinks of Calipari.
“She likes Cal, he keeps it real with her,” he said. “She likes the energy that they give to us.”
All ten predictions in Richards’ Crystal Ball are in the Cats’ favor. Come on down and feel free to commit, young man.
ICYMI, PJ Washington is coming back to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness
Power Forward| 6-7 | 225 lbs.
Dallas, TX | Findlay Prep
AAU: Team Penny
|ESPN||No. 16 | 2 PF||Top247||No. 16 | 6 PF|
|Rivals||No. 17 | – PF||Scout||No. 14 | 1 PF|
Washington and his family were just in Lexington for his official visit back on September 17, but the five-star power forward liked what he saw so much he wants to come back for Big Blue Madness on October 14. Because this is an unofficial visit, the Washington family will have to pay their own way, but apparently, his father’s been saving for the trip since the summer in anticipation.
Let’s give ’em a good show, okay, Cal?