If it weren’t for the confidence John Calipari has instilled in the fanbase in his six short months at the helm of the Kentucky basketball program, most Cat fans would probably be getting a little anxious by now over the lack of a single verbal commitment in the 2010 recruiting class.
Not to worry. Coach Cal reportedly spent the weekend tying up loose ends at the Florida home of the nation’s number one prospect, Brandon Knight. Much to the delight of Big Blue Nation, Knight recently canceled a visit to Kansas’ Midnight Madness, causing many to predict a forthcoming UK verbal. But even if he doesn’t, all is not lost. The Cats are currently on the radar of at least 10 of the top 20 prospects, according to Rivals.com.
The Wildcats will be receiving a visit from Terrence Jones (Rivals No. 13), an athletic 6’8 forward from Oregon who suits the dribble drive offense well. Big men Adreiane Payne (No. 20) and Tobias Harris (No. 5) are also rumored to be strongly considering Kentucky. Payne is slender and explosive, with a post-up game, while Harris falls more in the Tayshaun Prince mold, capable of handling the rock away from the goal despite his size.
Josh Selby (No. 4) and Jelan Kendrick (No. 8) are also still in the mix for Coach Cal. Selby is a big time scorer who would make the ideal replacement for a likely one and done John Wall. Kendrick is a 6’6 slasher with an ability to get to the rack. Other top 20 players on UK’s short list include C.J. Leslie (No. 14) and Josh Smith (No. 19), two more rangy big men who can get up and down the floor.
Looking at the kids UK is targeting, it seems clear that Calipari wants tall, long-armed players who are versatile enough to move inside or out. It’s also clear that Calipari and staff are setting their sites on nothing short of the crème de la crème in the world of prep hoops.go back