Several UK recruits on national TV

broberts@herald-leader.comDecember 12, 2012 

Travis

Aaron Harrison, right, is considered the best shooting guard prospect in the nation for the class of 2013.

SMILEY N. POOL — Houston Chronicle

  • Boyd County Classic

    Friday

    6 p.m.: Boyd Co. girls vs. Huntington St. Joe (W.Va.)

    7:30 p.m.: Boyd Co. vs. Shelby Valley

    9 p.m.: Huntington Prep vs. Walnut Hills (Ohio)

    Saturday

    Noon: East Carter vs. Shelby Valley

    1:45: Ashland girls vs. Campbell Co.

    3 p.m.: Boyd Co. girls vs Wheelersburg (Ohio)

    5:15 p.m.: Scott Co. vs. Johnson Central

    7 p.m.: Huntington Prep vs. Arlington Ctry. Day (Fla.)

    8:45 p.m.: Boyd Co. vs. Mason Co.

At least two of the best high school basketball players in the country will be featured on ESPN on Thursday night.

One of them will be a Kentucky Wildcat next season. The other is still mulling an offer from John Calipari.

UK signee Aaron Harrison will face UK recruit Aaron Gordon in a made-for-TV matchup to kick off ESPN's season of high school basketball programming.

Harrison leads Travis High (Texas), which will probably be without point guard Andrew Harrison, another UK signee and Aaron's twin brother.

Andrew injured his hamstring over the weekend and Travis Coach Craig Brownson told the Herald-Leader earlier this week that the future Cat is doubtful for Thursday's game.

In Andrew's absence, Aaron has averaged 34.7 points over the last three games.

Gordon is one of four uncommitted seniors still being recruited by Calipari.

The 6-foot-8 power forward is averaging 21.0 points and 11.5 rebounds through two games with Archbishop Mitty (Calif.).

Gordon — rated by Scout.com as the No. 6 player in the country — has narrowed his list to UK, Arizona and Washington. There is no timetable for his college decision.

The game between Archbishop Mitty and Travis High will tip off at 8 p.m.

Immediately following that contest, ESPN will show Simeon High (Ill.) vs. DeSoto (Texas). Simeon — the No. 1 ranked team in the country according to ESPN — is led by former UK recruit Jabari Parker, who is regarded as the No. 2 overall prospect in the senior class.

Parker announced Wednesday that he will make his college decision Dec. 20. Duke and Michigan State are thought to be the favorites.

In addition to Gordon, Calipari is still recruiting No. 1 overall prospect Andrew Wiggins, five-star center Dakari Johnson, and top-five forward Julius Randle for his 2013 class, which is already ranked No. 1 in the nation.

ESPN will air games next month featuring Wiggins (Jan. 20) and Johnson (Jan. 5 and Jan. 21). Gordon will play again on ESPNU on Jan. 21.

Randle suffered a broken foot in the second game of the season and is not expected to return until the post-season.

Wiggins in Ashland

Andrew Wiggins will play two games at Boyd County Middle School this weekend as part of the Boyd County Roundball Classic.

The nation's No. 1 recruit leads Huntington Prep (W.Va.) against Walnut Hills (Ohio) at 9 p.m. Friday. Huntington Prep plays Arlington Country Day (Fla.) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Each day features multiple games, and tickets are $10 a session.

Wiggins, a 6-8 forward, took an official visit to Florida State last week. He's expected to take visits to Kentucky, North Carolina and Kansas before making his decision in the spring.

Watch Towns online

St. Joseph (N.J.) center Karl Towns, UK's only commitment from the class of 2014, will start his junior campaign Friday night against East Brunswick.

On Sunday, St. Joe will face Teaneck as part of the state's Hoop Group Tip-Off Showcase. John Calipari is expected to attend that contest.

Both games will be broadcast online at MSGVarsity.com. Coverage begins Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 5:45 p.m.

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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