Several major UK basketball recruiting targets will be featured on national television Monday from the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass., and Coach John Calipari is expected to make the trip to see those players in person.
ESPNU's quadruple-header begins at 11 a.m., with a game that will showcase two of the top five players in the class of 2015: Jaylen Brown and Wheeler (Ga.) against Ivan Rabb and Bishop O'Dowd (Calif.).
Scout.com ranks Brown as the No. 1 overall prospect in the senior class, and he's arguably UK's top remaining target for next season. The 6-foot-7 small forward has narrowed his list to UK, Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Michigan, Georgia and Georgia Tech. He likely won't make a college decision until April.
Rabb — a 6-11 post player — is ranked No. 5 nationally and used his first official visit on a trip to Kentucky in October. He is also considering Arizona, California, Kansas and UCLA.
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The 1 p.m. game will feature Kansas commitment Carlton Bragg and Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio) against Oak Hill Academy (Va.), one of the top schools in the country.
Bishop Gorman (Nev.) post player Stephen Zimmerman is scheduled to face perennial power Montverde (Fla.) at 3 p.m.
Zimmerman's finalists are UK, Arizona, Kansas, UCLA and UNLV, and he has already taken official visits to all five schools. Montverde's roster includes 6-9 small forward Ben Simmons, a Louisiana State signee who is considered by most recruiting services to be the top high school player in the country.
The final game of the ESPNU slate pits Jayson Tatum and Chaminade (Mo.) against V.J. King and Paul VI (Va.). Both players have UK scholarship offers for the class of 2016. Scout.com ranks Tatum as the No. 1 player in the junior class, and Calipari has already seen him twice this season.
Calipari was at the Hoophall Classic on Sunday afternoon to see class of 2015 post players Thomas Bryant and Cheick Diallo, as well as junior standout Thon Maker, who might still reclassify to 2015. All three prospects have UK scholarship offers.