Tuesday, September 20, 2016

CBS Sports Says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's Best Recruiting Coach

Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports has named the best recruiters on each Top 25 team heading into the 2016-17 college basketball season.

Borzello says Kenny Payne is Kentucky's best recruiter while Kenny Johnson is leading Louisville's staff. 

Here are some excerpts:

3. Kentucky Wildcats: Kenny Payne

Like with Duke and Krzyzewski, the primary reason for Kentucky reeling in top-two recruiting classes year after year goes to head coach John Calipari. But Payne is the Wildcats' top assistant and helped Calipari bring in the nation's No. 1 recruiting class in 2016, led by top-10 prospects Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Bam Adebayo.

13. Louisville Cardinals: Kenny Johnson

Johnson is one of the most well-connected assistant coaches in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia region, given his time with the Team Takeover AAU program and Paul VI (Virginia). He recruited Troy Williams and Noah Vonleh to Indiana under Tom Crean and, more recently, landed ESPN 100 prospect V.J. King for Rick Pitino at Louisville.

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