What’s next for Kentucky basketball recruiting?

broberts@herald-leader.comNovember 1, 2013 

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Arsenal Technical's Trey Lyles beat Scecina Memorial's Sam Elmore in a Jan. 17 game in Indianapolis. Lyles, rated as the No. 4 overall recruit of 2014 by Scout.com, decommitted from Indiana last summer and has Kentucky and Louisville among his college choices.

DOUG MCSCHOOLER — Indianapolis Star

John Calipari added one highly touted shooting guard to his recruiting class of 2014 on Thursday, and he missed out on another.

So what’s next for the Wildcats?

UK currently has a three-man class consisting of Devin Booker, Karl Towns Jr. and Tyler Ulis. The Cats probably will need at least a couple other newcomers to take the place of the expected departures from this season’s star-studded team.

The four uncommitted seniors targeted by UK are Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner.

Scout.com national analyst Evan Daniels offered some insight on what UK fans should expect next.

“I think Trey Lyles makes a decision soon and I think Kentucky is the leader in the clubhouse,” Daniels told the Herald-Leader. “Stanley Johnson, Jahlil Okafor — at this stage, I don’t see Kentucky getting those guys.”

Daniels said that Turner — the No. 2 overall recruit in the class — is not expected to sign with a school until spring. The 7-footer from Texas has taken only one official visit so far, to Ohio State. He also is considering Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Okafor’s official list consists of UK, Duke, Kansas and Baylor. Duke and Kansas are the clear favorites in that recruitment, and it’s unclear whether the Chicago big man is even still considering UK.

Johnson’s final five schools are UK, Arizona, Southern Cal, Oregon and Florida. The 6-foot-7 small forward from California visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness, but most analysts predict that he will choose Arizona.

Lyles is down to UK and Louisville and could announce a decision soon.

The early signing period begins Nov. 13.

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