Here are some basketball recruiting news and notes for your Sunday afternoon:
Julius Randle was in town on Saturday to check out the Alumni Game. Randle was reportedly extrememly excited about getting to the airport to come to Lexington. In an interview with his mother, a local newspaper stated that she said her son was bouncing around in anticipation to see the NBA guys and see Drake. With a total of 15 current and former pro’s in attendance, I’m sure Julius was extremely happy to be there. After the game, he later instagramed a picture of himself and Drake. Note the UK hoodie that Randle is wearing.
Randle was recently named by Rivals as the #1 player in the 2013 class.
James Young says in a recent interview that he is just fine playing with a lot of talent at Kentucky. With the opportunity to play with the Harrison twins, Randle, or even Andrew Wiggins would open the door for Young. Having that kind of collective talent could make one envision an up-and-down game with the ability to create off of the bounce. Young stated it would be a very “interesting” scenario. Unofficially, James Young could be on campus for Big Blue Madness before making his official visit.
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As earlier reported, the Harrison twins’ father recently stated that his boys would not be taking any more visits to Kentucky. With two visits already, the senior Harrison stated he knew everything he needed to know. When I heard this, I thought of that statement as a bad sign for UK. When any parent says they know everything they need to know, it usually means they are done. However, the latest reports have stated the Harrison twins are now down to three schools. Kentucky, Maryland, and SMU are the only ones left in the Harrison sweepstakes. I think Kentucky is definitely in the driver’s seat now. Perhaps the biggest news coming out of the Harrison camp? Their decision may come sooner rather than later. Stay tuned.
Karl Towns, the #1 player in the 2015 class was recently offered a scholarship by the University of Kentucky. Towns already has playing experience under head coach John Calipari. Towns played on Calipari’s Dominican National Team. Many feel this up and coming superstar will eventually be a Kentucky Wildcat because he already loves UK and the coaching staff. A lot can happen in three years, but Kentucky should sit firmly at the top of Towns’ recruiting list.
Trey Lyles has also received his scholarship offer from the ‘Cats. The 2014 power forward’s father recently stated he hoped everything could work out for his son and he would eventually be wearing Kentucky blue. Lyles previously had pledged his services to the Indiana Hoosiers, but backed out of his commitment. Since Lyles has reopened his recruitment, he plans on scheduling a few other schools for visits and go through the recruiting process. Lyles committed to Indiana very early, and now wants to take his time. Louisville, Florida, and Michigan State and others plan to visit.
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