College basketball coaches go back on the road starting Tuesday, and UK's John Calipari won't be wasting any time with his top recruiting targets for the class of 2015.
Calipari is expected to visit Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman — arguably his top two immediate targets — on the first day of the fall recruiting period.
Brown, a 6-foot-7 wing from Marietta, Ga., is now considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by Scout.com. He climbed up the rankings — and UK's wish list — during a stellar showing on the summer circuit.
"He has elite physical tools," Scout's Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader recently. "At 6-foot-7 and playing on the wing, he's a very strong driver and has a chance to be a lockdown perimeter defender. He can impact a basketball game in so many different ways. His ceiling his ridiculously high."
Brown will host head coaches from Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech later in the week. Those are the schools, along with UK, that seem to have the best shot at his commitment.
He'll make his first visit to Lexington for next month's Big Blue Madness, but he's planning to wait until the spring to make a college decision.
Newman, a 6-4 prospect from Jackson, Miss., has long been considered the No. 1 guard in the class, and he's the only uncommitted guard with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Kansas and UConn are among the other schools that will visit him in Mississippi this week. Those two programs, UK and Mississippi State, where his father played basketball, are commonly mentioned as the frontrunners in his recruitment.
Newman will also wait until the spring to make his college announcement.
Calipari will head to North Carolina on Thursday to meet with class of 2015 small forward Brandon Ingram, who is also considering North Carolina, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and N.C. State. He will attend Big Blue Madness next month.
There's a good chance the UK coach could meet with power forward Harry Giles while he's in the area. Giles, from Winston-Salem, N.C., is a top-five player in the loaded class of 2016 and has already visited Kentucky.
The UK head coach heads north on Friday, when he'll meet with New Jersey shooting guard Tyus Battle, one of the top players in the class of 2016. It's also possible that the Wildcats could drop in on Long Island star Cheick Diallo, a top target in the class of 2015.
Calipari will spend Saturday in Las Vegas with the family of Stephen Zimmerman, a five-star center in the class of 2015. Zimmerman has planned an official visit to UK for next month's Big Blue Madness.
The 7-footer will also host coaches from fellow finalists Kansas, UCLA, Arizona, UNLV, North Carolina and Indiana over the next few days.
Derryck Thornton, UK's No. 1 point guard target in the class of 2016, plays at Findlay Prep, which is 20 miles outside of Las Vegas. It wouldn't be a surprise if the UK chooses to visit him while in Nevada.
Calipari meets with Cleveland power forward Carlton Bragg on Sept. 17.
Bragg — the No. 11 overall prospect in the class of 2015 — will host coaches from Kansas, Illinois, Arizona and UCLA over the next few weeks. The 6-9 recruit plans to attend Big Blue Madness in October.
New Jersey guard Isaiah Briscoe will host Calipari for an in-home visit Sept. 18. Briscoe — a consensus top-15 player in the class of 2015 — has not been considered a UK target for several months, but his high school coach said Monday night that Calipari has been in contact and is interested in getting back in his recruitment.
Coaches for California forward Ivan Rabb and Indiana forward Caleb Swanigan told the Herald-Leader on Monday that they were unaware of any concrete plans that UK has for visiting their players in the next couple of weeks, though trips to see those two class of 2015 prospects are likely.
UK has also offered class of 2015 standouts Henry Ellenson, Derrick Jones, Skal Labissiere and Doral Moore. Those four players could also host Calipari sometime soon.
Chicago guard Charles Matthews is the Wildcats' only commitment so far for next year. The early signing period begins Nov. 12.