Seven other players from 2014 class have scholarship offers from UK

broberts@herald-leader.comDecember 4, 2012 

Karl Towns is Kentucky's first commitment from the class of 2014, but he obviously won't be the last.

John Calipari and his staff have already inquired about more than 20 other junior prospects. Of those players, seven have confirmed that they have received scholarship offers from UK.

Towns, who was the No. 1 overall recruit in 2015 before reclassifying, enters's 2014 rankings at No. 7.

Here's a look at the other seven high school juniors with UK offers (with each player's ranking in parentheses):

Tyus Jones (1): The top-ranked player in the class is a 6-foot point guard from Minnesota who has been compared to NBA star Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers. Duke is among the early leaders for Jones, who is expected to visit UK soon.

Emmanuel Mudiay (2): A prototypical Calipari point guard, the 6-4 Mudiay has great size at the position and is known as an elite scorer. In a class full of talented point guards, Mudiay could be the most likely to end up at UK.

Jahlil Okafor (3): The Chicago big man is ranked as the No. 1 player in the class by some services. Okafor — a 6-9 center — and Jones have repeatedly expressed an interest in playing together in college.

Cliff Alexander (4): Another elite post player from Chicago, Alexander was the first prospect from this class to receive a scholarship offer from Calipari. The 6-9 center has said in the past that UK and Michigan State are his top two schools.

Trey Lyles (5): Originally committed to Indiana, the Indianapolis native ruffled some feathers back home when he decommitted from the Hoosiers and made a visit to UK over the summer. The Cats should be in great position when the 6-9 power forward makes his final decision.

Rashad Vaughn (14): A 6-5 shooting guard from Minnesota, Vaughn has earned a reputation as one of the best scorers in the class. He has yet to whittle down a long list of interested colleges, including Kentucky, Louisville and more than a dozen others.

Stanley Johnson (26): One of the top juniors on the West Coast, the 6-6 small forward impressed UK's staff with his fundamentals and hard work on the court. "He does whatever it takes to win," his AAU coach, Mark Olivier, told the Herald-Leader over the summer.

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