This month's second live recruiting period wrapped up Sunday, and it proved to be another busy week for John Calipari.
The University of Kentucky men's basketball coach made stops at shoe-company events in Georgia, Illinois and New York to scout some of the program's top recruiting priorities in the next couple of classes.
Calipari spent Friday and Saturday in Chicago at the Nike Global Challenge, a showcase that featured four American all-star teams consisting of players from the Nike traveling circuit, as well as four international squads.
Malik Monk — a top UK target in the class of 2016 — led his team to the championship, averaging 21.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 6.0 assists while also making 12 of 26 three-point attempts (46.1 percent) over four games.
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The Global Challenge also featured five-star small forward Miles Bridges, who made the all-tournament team and had the highlight of the week in Saturday's game — catching a pass off the backboard during a fast break and throwing it down with a windmill dunk.
Bridges also has emerged as one of UK's top targets in the class of 2016.
Calipari started the week at the Under Armour event in Atlanta, where he watched class of 2016 standouts Markelle Fultz and Sacha Killeya-Jones, among others.
Fultz — a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from the Washington, D.C., area — received a UK scholarship earlier this month and has been one of the standouts of the summer circuit. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer moved him up several spots to the No. 6 overall ranking in the class of 2016 following his performance in Atlanta.
Arizona, Louisville and North Carolina are among the other programs that have extended scholarship offers to Fultz.
Calipari spent Thursday at an Adidas event in New York, where he saw top 2016 targets Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins.
New offer, new list
Five-star point guard Dennis Smith Jr., finally earned a scholarship offer from Kentucky last week, more than a year after openly lobbying for the Cats to show more interest in his recruitment.
On Friday morning — less than 48 hours after getting the UK offer — Smith narrowed his list of schools to Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Wake Forest.
The Fayetteville, N.C., native is regarded as the best point guard in the class of 2016.
New York City shooting guard Rawle Alkins told ZagsBlog.com on Wednesday that he plans to attend Big Blue Madness in October.
Alkins — a five-star player in the class of 2016 — also said the Wildcats are among his top five schools, though he did not say which other programs are on that list.
Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina and hometown St. John's are among the many schools that have offered him a scholarship.
Alkins is the second 2016 target to confirm his plans to visit this year's Big Blue Madness. Earlier this month, Miles Bridges told the Herald-Leader that he will be in Lexington on that weekend for his official visit.
Cats reach out
After telling the Herald-Leader last month that he had not yet been contacted by UK's coaches, five-star shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., announced Friday night that he now has a scholarship offer from the Wildcats.
Trent is the son of former Ohio University standout Gary Trent, who played nine seasons in the NBA.
One of the best players in the country this summer, Trent Jr. is now considered a top-10 prospect in the class of 2017 by Rivals.com, ESPN and 247Sports. The Minnesota native already had scholarship offers from Duke, Kansas and Michigan State.