Top prep prospects in Kentucky for Hoop Fest

November 29, 2012 


    ■ Staff writer Ben Roberts will provide live updates from the Marshall County Hoop Fest throughout Friday's and Saturday's games. Follow him on Twitter @NextCats and through the Next Cats blog at

    ■ Go to to watch live broadcasts of all 13 Hoop Fest games.

Kentucky's top two basketball signees and the best uncommitted high school player in the country will be among several elite prospects at this weekend's Marshall County Hoop Fest in Benton.

Andrew and Aaron Harrison, UK signees considered to be the two best guards in the country, will play two games at the event hosted by Marshall County High School. The Harrisons will lead their Texas high school against Kentucky's No. 1-ranked team, Ballard, on Friday night and No. 4 Madison Central on Saturday.

It will be their only appearance in the state of Kentucky before suiting up for the Wildcats next season.

Andrew Wiggins, the No. 1 recruit in the country and UK's top remaining target in the senior class, will also play Friday and Saturday. His Huntington Prep squad, ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today, will face a pair of teams from Tennessee.

Another major Kentucky recruit, junior center Cliff Alexander, will play Friday night.

Alexander, a Chicago native, is the No. 4 overall recruit in the class of 2014 according to His Curie High team is pitted against perennial powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.), which features seniors who have already signed with Indiana, North Carolina and South Carolina.

In all, 14 players rated among the top 50 in their class will participate in the event.

The Hoop Fest is divided into three sessions — one Friday and two Saturday. Tickets are still available and cost $10 for each individual session or $25 for entry to all three.

Go to for a complete schedule and ticket info.

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