The Lexington Center Corp., announced Tuesday that the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings will play an exhibition game in Rupp Arena on Oct. 17.
That just happens to be the night after Big Blue Madness, and the many high-profile recruits who will surely visit for that event will almost certainly still be in town to see the NBA game.
Madness is typically the biggest recruiting weekend of the year for UK, which uses the sold-out showcase as a selling point to recruits.
Last year’s Madness guest list included Charles Matthews, Carlton Bragg, Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman and Tyus Battle. Matthews was already committed to UK at the time, and the other six all ultimately committed to schools other than Kentucky, so it didn’t turn out to be the best night for the future of UK recruiting.
Still, the Big Blue Madness weekend usually includes at least one uncommitted five-star visitor who ultimately pledges to the Wildcats.
Having former UK players like Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Willie Cauley-Stein and Rajon Rondo hanging around on that weekend certainly won’t hurt the Cats’ recruiting efforts.
Five-star small forward Miles Bridges told the Herald-Leader last week that he plans to take an official visit to Big Blue Madness.