The recruitment of five-star basketball prospect De'Aaron Fox is entering its final days, and UK Coach John Calipari won't be resting on his perceived frontrunner status.
Cypress Lakes head coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun told the Herald-Leader on Monday that Calipari is expected to visit the Texas high school later this week to meet with Fox, who already hosted Calipari for an in-home visit last month and traveled to Lexington a couple of weeks ago for an official campus visit centered on Big Blue Madness.
"He's been in constant communication with them," Olatunbosun said of Fox's relationship with the UK coaches. "The visit went well. He had a chance to sit in and watch practice. He got to talk to Coach Cal and Coach (Kenny) Payne."
Fox — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Katy, Texas — emerged during the summer as the nation's No. 1 point guard. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer ranks him as the No. 2 overall player in the class of 2016, behind only California wing Josh Jackson.
Olatunbosun said that — while he thinks Fox has always been the top point guard in his class — he has seen him grow over the past few months, especially on the defensive end of the court.
"He has a lot of pride," he said. "And it says a lot about who he is. It's special. That's just something that he wanted to do and it motivates him. It helped his team this summer, and it's going to help us out this season."
Calipari extended a scholarship offer to Fox in July, and the Wildcats were quickly pegged as the favorite in his recruitment. Coming into this week, all 23 of the predictions on Fox's 247Sports Crystal Ball page favored Kentucky.
Olatunbosun acknowledged that Fox feels like one of UK's top priorities in the class but declined to name a favorite on his player's behalf. Kansas, Louisville and Louisiana State are the other finalists, and Fox has already taken official visits to all of those schools.
That means the next step will be a college decision, and Fox's coach said the plan is to make that announcement sometime before Cypress Lakes' season opener on Nov. 16.
The weeklong early signing period begins Nov. 11.
"I don't think there's a bad choice on the list," Olatunbosun said. "He has four great options when it comes down to it."
Other 2016 news
The two uncommitted class of 2016 recruits who joined Fox on official visits to UK for Big Blue Madness — Harry Giles and Malik Monk — both have important weekends ahead, and the other seniors on Calipari's recruiting radar have also been keeping busy.
■ Giles, a 6-10 power forward ranked by Scout.com as the No. 1 player in the class, will take his official visit to Duke, which is still widely regarded as the team to beat in his recruitment. A college announcement is expected from Giles shortly after that trip.
■ Monk, a 6-4 combo guard, will spend this weekend on his official visit to home-state Arkansas, which is seen as the co-favorite in his recruitment along with UK. Monk, who has also taken official visits to Kansas and Oregon, is not expected to announce a college decision until the spring.
■ Edrice "Bam" Adebayo, a 6-10 post player, will take his official visit to North Carolina State this weekend. The Wolfpack are still considered favorites for the five-star prospect, though UK apparently made up some ground when hosting the North Carolina native for an official visit this month.
■ Five-star post player Jarrett Allen will be in Lexington for his official visit to UK this weekend. The Austin, Texas, native took an official visit to Notre Dame earlier this month and spent last weekend at Kansas.
■ Marques Bolden — considered the No. 1 center in the senior class — took an official visit to Oklahoma last weekend. UK, Duke and Kansas are still viewed as the favorites in his recruitment.
■ Five-star prospects Rawle Alkins and Udoka Azubuike both visited North Carolina for that program's midnight madness last weekend. Calipari has not visited either one of those players during the fall recruiting period.
■ There's nothing new on five-star guard Kobi Simmons, who is still considering UK, Ohio State and UNLV but has not set a specific date for his college announcement.