Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Update on Kentucky Basketball Recruiting for 2011


Here is the latest on Kentucky recruiting for the 2011 class:

Signed

- Marquis Teague, PG, 6-2, 170, Ranked #2 by Rivals.com

- Michael Gilchrist, SF, 6-6, 190, Ranked #3 by Rivals.com

- Kyle Wiltjer, PF, 6-9, 225, Ranked #25 by Rivals.com

- Anthony Davis, PF, 6-10, 220, Ranked #6 by Rivals.com

Transfer

- Twany Beckham, Mississippi State, PG, 6-5, 190

Recruits Still Considering UK

- Braeden Anderson, PF, 6-8, 215, Wilbraham and Monson Academy

- Stan Simpson, PF, 6-10, 220, John A. Logan College

- God's Gift Achiuwa, PF, 6-9, 230, Erie Community College

- Trevor Lacey, SG, 6-3, 190, Ranked #34 by Rivals.com

- DeAndre Daniels, SF, 6-8, 180, Ranked #9 by Rivals.com

My Thoughts:

If I were forced to make a prediction, I'd say that Kentucky will add one for sure and possibly even two more players to the 2011 recruiting class.

I think John Calipari would like to add at least one big man from the group of Anderson, Simpson and Achiuwa. There is also a chance that the Kentucky staff is working another big man under the radar. Going with the three that we know, I think Anderson and Simpson will be the top targets with Achiuwa being more of a consolation prize.

A good source called Anderson a "Kentucky lean" last night, but added that things are on hold until Kentucky's season ends. The source said Anderson's final five are Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, Arizona and Mississippi State. The Bulldogs have been coming after Anderson the hardest in recent days.

Simpson posted on Twitter today that he has heard from Texas and he picked up an offer from Kansas recently.

As for Achiuwa, his name has not been mentioned recently. His junior college coach labelled him "a really good Division II player" in an interview at the NJCAA National Tournament.

Trevor Lacey will announce his decision on April 13 and most think it'll be Kentucky or Alabama. My thoughts on Lacey: if Brandon Knight heads to the NBA, Lacey will be a Wildcat. If Knight stays, the chances of landing Lacey greatly diminish.

The case of DeAndre Daniels is more of an unknown than anything. One recent report quoted his AAU coach as stating that Daniels is no longer interested in Kentucky and has replaced them with Duke on his final list. A few days later, another report came out saying that Kentucky is still on the final list. Based on everything I've heard, it's hard for me to believe that Daniels will end up in Lexington, but stranger things have happened.

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