Where is Cal now?
Coach Cal and his staff racked up some frequent flier miles during the live recruiting period.
In reality the guys likely just chartered a flight, because Calipari isn’t flying in coach. I mean, this is the University of Kentucky, not Indiana
This weekend the staff traveled to Dallas, Texas for the Nike’s EYBL second session and the Under Amour Association tournament. The events featured the top AAU teams and players from around the country. I know the narrative is typically that AAU ball is ruining hoops. This is false. The teams may not execute consistent discipline but the games are exciting and players get a chance to show their abilities against the nation’s top competition. These gatherings also give college coaches the chance to see numerous kids play with only one stop. Which is exactly what Kentucky’s coaching staff did.
There was plenty of talent to behold, but most notably, were the top two players in the class of 2019, James Wiseman, and Vernon Carey, Jr. Kentucky and every other big time program will continue making these elite big men a priority when recruiting. The staff watched both play while in Dallas.
There was also the opportunity to support verbal commit D.J. Jeffries. Jeffries plays on the same team as Wiseman, so the staff was able to kill two birds with one stone while sitting front and center for their game. Maintaining Jeffries commitment now that Penny Hardaway is coaching at Memphis will be something to keep your eye on. Similarly, Wiseman was once believed to be a heavy UK lean is now gaining momentum to attend Memphis and play for his high school coach. I used to love Penny Hardaway but now he is ruffling the feathers of the Big Blue Nation.
Surprise, surprise. Kentucky has set up shop with its entire staff (Calipari, Payne, Barbee, Justus) to watch a loaded Bluff City Legends squad featuring James Wiseman and UK commit DJ Jeffries among others.
— Chris Fisher (@ChrisFisher247) April 20, 2018
Who did the staff watch?
Some other notable players the Kentucky coaches saw while in Dallas.
- Cole Anthony 2019
- Tyrese Maxey – 2019
- Jalen Lecque – 2019
- Scottie Lewis – 2019
- Bryan Antoine – 2019
- Ethan Morton – 2020
- R.J. Hampton – 2020
- Scottie Barnes – 2020
- Addison Patterson – 2020
- Zion Harmon – 2021
As if all that scouting wasn’t enough, Calipari was in Indianapolis on Sunday to watch Matthew Hurt. Hurt is a 6’10 star player from Minnesota in the class of 2019. He holds scholarship offers from most of the big programs, including Kentucky. This kid is a stud with tremdous size and skill. It is clear that Calipari wants him badly.