The last of three live recruiting periods for the month of July wrapped up Sunday evening, marking an unofficial end to the summer basketball circuit.
While the University of Kentucky's recruiting outlook for the class of 2016 is just as murky now as it was at the beginning of the spring, what's clear is that John Calipari will have plenty of talented options.
Three more possibilities emerged over the weekend, when Calipari sent scholarship offers to point guard De'Aaron Fox and post players Edrice Adebayo and Wenyen Gabriel.
Fox — a 6-foot-4 prospect from Katy, Texas — has had a wonderful AAU season, and 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer now ranks him as the No. 4 overall prospect and No. 1 point guard in the rising senior class.
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Meyer called Fox a "Steve Nash-type player," praising his complete skill set and comparing his style of play to the former two-time NBA most valuable player.
"As well as he shoots it, you would think he would be more of a score-first player," Meyer told the Herald-Leader. "But he really knows how to distribute the ball to his teammates. And, unlike a Steve Nash, he's a really good defender.
"There's something about his complete nature — whatever a point guard needs to do offensively, he can do it."
Fox already had scholarship offers from Kansas, Louisville and Texas — among many others — though he has not yet cut down his list of schools.
In April, he spoke to the Herald-Leader at a Nike event in Lexington. While UK had shown little interest in his recruitment at that point, Fox displayed deep knowledge of the Wildcats' program and Calipari's tenure.
Fox also said it would never be too late for UK to get involved in his recruitment.
"That's every kid's dream school," he said at the time.
Gabriel's dream school might be Duke, but that didn't stop Calipari from offering him a scholarship over the weekend after watching him play in Las Vegas.
Meyer said Gabriel has a similar build as former Duke star Luol Deng — "6-9 and a smooth athlete" — and his confidence on the court is starting to catch up to his elite athleticism.
Gabriel — from Manchester, N.C. — moved up 45 spots in the 247Sports player rankings Monday and is now considered the No. 22 overall prospect in the class of 2016.
"But this isn't shocking, what's happening," Meyer said. "In the spring, it was obvious that the athleticism was there. He's just become a more confident player in regard to his skill set, and his skill set's improved. He's making a bigger impact on the game, so his confidence has increased."
Meyer said folks close to Gabriel's recruitment have indicated to him that Duke would be the favorite if that program extended a scholarship offer. That happened Monday, two days after UK offered and one day after Kansas did the same.
Adebayo has been on the national recruiting radar for a while — he's ranked No. 15 overall by 247Sports — and North Carolina State has been seen as the favorite.
The 6-9 power forward averaged 32.2 points, 21.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocked shots as a junior and followed that up with a great summer playing alongside fellow UK target Dennis Smith Jr. — another five-star player from North Carolina who could be leaning toward the Wolfpack.
North Carolina, Louisville and Kansas are among the many others that have offered Adebayo, who has not yet cut his list of schools.
Five-star guard Markelle Fultz has had his UK scholarship offer for a couple of weeks, and his stock continues to climb in recruiting circles.
Meyer now ranks the Washington, D.C., area standout as the No. 7 overall prospect in the class after a solid finish to the summer schedule. He is also predicting that Fultz will be a Kentucky Wildcat.
"I feel pretty strong," he said. "From what I hear and what I know, I would kind of be shocked if he doesn't end up at Kentucky.
Meyer said he saw a new side of Fultz's game this month, leading to the lofty ranking.
"He's just a tremendous combo guard. And he's really shown his point guard skills here in July, and I went into July not thinking he had that.
"I think this is the new age of point guards. They're combo guards — they're guards that can do everything and have athleticism and size.
And that's the future of the position."
Meyer mentioned Fox, Smith and Malik Monk as three other players in that category.
Georgia star Kobi Simmons was once seen as UK's No. 1 point guard target and perhaps the most likely candidate to be the Cats' next commitment from the class of 2016.
Calipari has offered Fox, Fultz and Smith since that time, and — while Simmons is still a possibility for UK — there are only so many spots to fill.
That's the case at just about every position, and Calipari has sent out more scholarship offers in this class than any other during his time as UK's head coach.
"Recruiting is a supply-and-demand thing, and there's so much supply in this class that it takes some of the leverage away from the players," Meyer said. "You have Markelle Fultz, Malik Monk, De'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith — and Calipari would be more than happy to have any of the four.
"So it might be like a race to see who commits first."