Kentucky and Janee Thompson are a perfect fit.
That's what the player's AAU coach and at least one recruiting analyst say.
The 5-foot-7 point guard out of Chicago who committed to UK and Coach Matthew Mitchell early this week is ranked No. 12 in the nation by one recruiting service.
"Kentucky was very smart in grabbing her up," said Bret McCormick of All-Star Girls Report, which has Thompson — whose first name is pronounced Juh-NAY — rated at No. 12. "She'll be an immediate impact player for them."
In Thompson, McCormick says Kentucky landed its point guard of the future.
It was that thinking — that she might be able to play right away and contribute — that helped draw Thompson to the Cats, said Mac Irvin, her summer coach.
"It was a big deal for her that she could come right in, compete and make an impact," said Irvin, who said the guard chose UK over South Carolina, Miami, Virginia Tech and Northwestern.
He said watching Kentucky play is like watching his Lady Fire AAU team and Thompson's Whitney Young High School team play.
"Ninety-four feet of hell," he said. "That's how we like to play. Kentucky might be the place that plays the most similar as we do. They have a lock-down, in-your-face defense. They pick you up full court. She liked how similar it was."
Defensively Thompson is strong, but she's not too shabby on the offensive end, either, McCormick said.
"She's a gym rat, plays hard, and has one of the nicest floaters I've seen a girl have," the analyst said.
Irvin said Thompson has worked hard on her offensive game to become an elite-level player.
"She's really, really fast with the ball," he said. "She handles the ball really well and her jumper has improved so much, which has opened up everything about her game. When she got a consistent jumper, it really made the sky the limit for her."
Thompson is the first UK commitment for the class of 2012.