Where Kentucky stands with the class of 2016

broberts@herald-leader.comJune 29, 2014 

The Cats' top targets

Players who have received scholarship offers from Kentucky: Udoka Azubuike

Position: Center

Height, weight: 6-10, 265 pounds

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Rivals ranking: 15

Scout ranking: Not yet rated

ESPN ranking: 6

247Sports ranking: 14

■ Nigeria native is a dunking machine and already has offers from UK, Duke and Kansas. Dominant post game draws (unfair) comparisons to Shaq. Tyus Battle

Position: Shooting guard

Height, weight: 6-5, 195 pounds

Hometown: Gladstone, N.J.

Rivals ranking: 11

Scout ranking: 7

ESPN ranking: 18

247Sports ranking: 13

■ A big guard who could be a big-time perimeter defender at the college level. Received UK offer during visit to Lexington earlier this month.

M.J. Cage

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 6-10, 225 pounds

Hometown: Santa Ana, Calif.

Rivals ranking: 22

Scout ranking: 23

ESPN ranking: 37

247Sports ranking: 8

■ Son of former NBA rebounding machine Michael Cage, who Calipari coached with the Nets. UK, Arizona and San Diego State are his favorites.

Harry Giles

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 6-9, 205 pounds

Hometown: Winston-Salem, N.C.

Rivals ranking: 2

Scout ranking: 1

ESPN ranking: 5

247Sports ranking: 1

■ Missed entire sophomore season with serious knee injury. Best big man in the class, but Cats will have to battle home-state Duke and UNC.

Thon Maker

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 7-0, 210 pounds

Hometown: Martinsville, Va.

Rivals ranking: 3

Scout ranking: 3

ESPN ranking: 1

247Sports ranking: 3

■ Sudan native is a 7-footer who can stretch the floor and be effective on the perimeter. He will most likely reclassify to 2015 and head to college early.

Jayson Tatum

Position: Small forward

Height, weight: 6-7, 190 pounds

Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.

Rivals ranking: 4

Scout ranking: 2

ESPN ranking: 3

247Sports ranking: 5

■ First player in class to get a UK offer. A versatile wing who is comfortable playing just about any position. He's already visited Kentucky twice. Derryck Thornton

Position: Point guard

Height, weight: 6-1, 165 pounds

Hometown: Chatsworth, Calif.

Rivals ranking: 20

Scout ranking: 11

ESPN ranking: 32

247Sports ranking: 18

■ First point guard in 2016 to land a UK offer. A true pass-first player with a great basketball IQ. Started at Findlay Prep (Nev.) as a sophomore last season.

Others to watch

Miles Bridges

Position: Small forward

Height, weight: 6-5, 190 pounds

Hometown: Flint, Mich.

Rivals ranking: 33

Scout ranking: 38

ESPN ranking: 8

247Sports ranking: 37

■ High-flyer from Huntington Prep (W.Va.) is one of the best dunkers in the class. Athletic wing who still needs to develop his basketball skills.

Quentin Goodin

Position: Guard

Height, weight: 6-2, 175 pounds

Hometown: Campbellsville, Ky.

Rivals ranking: 51

Scout ranking: 3-star

ESPN ranking: 50

247Sports ranking: 55

■ Taylor County standout has auditioned several times for UK coaches, including Calipari. Already has offers from Indiana, Michigan, Tennessee. Eron Gordon

Position: Shooting guard

Height, weight: 6-2, 175 pounds

Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.

Rivals ranking:

Scout ranking: 31

ESPN ranking: 4-star

247Sports ranking: 45

■ Younger brother of NBA's Eric Gordon is an explosive guard with early interest from several major programs. Indiana is the early favorite.

Josh Langford

Position: Shooting guard

Height, weight: 6-5, 200 pounds

Hometown: Huntsville, Ala.

Rivals ranking: 35

Scout ranking: 15

ESPN ranking: 11

247Sports ranking: 23

■ Elite scorer from Alabama has offers from Louisville, UConn, Indiana and most of the SEC. Just about every other major program is interested.

Dedric Lawson

Position: Power forward

Height, weight: 6-9, 195 pounds

Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.

Rivals ranking: 6

Scout ranking: 5

ESPN ranking: 7

247Sports ranking: 4

■ He's narrowed his list to UK and Memphis, where his older brother is committed. Leaving hometown this fall to play for a prep school in Florida.

Malik Monk

Position: Shooting guard

Height, weight: 6-3, 180 pounds

Hometown: Lapento, Ark.

Rivals ranking: 12

Scout ranking: 9

ESPN ranking: 4

247Sports ranking: 7

■ High-volume scorer is friends with Archie Goodwin and says he watches every UK game on television. Calipari has shown heavy interest.

Kobi Simmons

Position: Guard

Height, weight: 6-5, 175 pounds

Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.

Rivals ranking: 28

Scout ranking: 18

ESPN ranking: 29

247Sports ranking: 26

■ Fast-improving combo guard visited UK for Big Blue Madness last year, and Calipari wants him back on campus for another visit sometime soon.

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