Two of John Calipari's biggest targets in the Class of 2014 are set to announce their college decisions Thursday, and Kentucky looks to be in good shape for both.
First will be Mississippi shooting guard Devin Booker, who is to reveal his choice during a ceremony at his high school set for 4 p.m. EDT.
Then comes Indiana shooting guard James Blackmon Jr., who will announce his decision on ESPNU during halftime of the Troy/Louisiana-Monroe football game, which is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
Jerry Meyer, national analyst for 247Sports, is predicting both players will choose the Cats.
"I feel pretty confident that Blackmon's going to pick Kentucky. With Booker, I feel good enough to make the pick," Meyer told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday afternoon. "I feel good about both picks. I just would say I'm a little more confident about Blackmon."
Blackmon Jr. is the son of former Kentucky player James Blackmon, who played for the Wildcats in the 1980s.
The younger Blackmon was committed to Indiana for nearly three years before backing out of that pledge in August. He's been to UK twice since then, including an official visit for Big Blue Madness a couple of weeks ago.
The Hoosiers remain on his list — as do Michigan, Kansas and Michigan State — but Kentucky is widely seen as the favorite.
Booker has been more difficult to read.
UK was seen as the front-runner immediately after the 6-foot-5 prospect's official visit to Lexington last month. But a couple of other programs also have reason to believe they'll win this recruitment.
Booker spent most of his life in Michigan before moving to Mississippi to be with his father a couple of years ago. His mother still lives there, and he grew close to the coaching staffs at Michigan and Michigan State through several visits to each school.
If he returns to his former home for college, the Wolverines are the likely favorite.
Missouri is the other school on Booker's list. His father, Melvin Booker, was a star player for the Tigers, and the family visited Columbia last weekend so the school could honor Melvin's Big Eight championship team that went to the Elite Eight in 1994.
The week before that, Booker and his father were at Mizzou for an official visit.
The back-to-back trips have caused some worry among UK fans.
Meyer acknowledged that Missouri is a legitimate destination for Booker, but he didn't see the recent visits as much cause for concern.
"They just have the buzz right now," he said. "I think it would be easy to read too much into it. ... I've just always had the feeling and always heard that Kentucky is the place where Devin Booker wants to be."
Meyer ranks Booker and Blackmon as the No. 31 and 34 overall prospects in the Class of 2014, respectively. They're both considered five-star players by at least one major recruiting service.
There's a good chance Kentucky will need both players for the 2014-15 season.
The Cats already have a commitment from point guard Tyler Ulis, but current freshmen Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison and James Young are all projected to be NBA Draft picks after this season. If all three leave, freshman Dominique Hawkins would be UK's only returning guard, with possible question marks at the small forward position, which would suit Booker's game.
"That would be my prediction of what's going to happen," Meyer said. "I'm thinking Kentucky gets (Ulis, Blackmon and Booker), and I'm thinking (the Harrisons and Young) are gone.
"The way I'm seeing the lay of the land right now — that's your 1-2-3."
Live recruiting announcements
Devin Booker — 4 p.m. (Live stream on Kentucky.com)
James Blackmon Jr. — About 9 p.m. (ESPNU)
Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com.