CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Five-star basketball recruit Markelle Fultz visited the University of Kentucky last month, but he left without a coveted scholarship offer from the Wildcats.
Coach John Calipari told him not to worry about that.
"He said don't be discouraged that I didn't pick up the offer," Fultz said from the NBPA Top 100 Camp on Wednesday. "He said to keep doing what I'm doing, and hopefully it'll come."
Fultz has been doing all of the right things in recent months.
The 6-foot-4 shooting guard wrapped his sophomore season at DeMatha Catholic (Md.) as a member of the junior-varsity squad.
Now, Fultz is ranked as one of the top 25 players in the class of 2016 by every major recruiting service. His hard work in the past year has paid off with numerous scholarship offers from high-major programs.
Kentucky is one of the few not on that list.
But Fultz wants an offer from UK. "I'm going to keep working until I get one," he said. "And if I don't, I'm still good with the schools I have now."
He listed Arizona, Louisville, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Virginia as a few of the schools that have already extended scholarship offers and are recruiting him the hardest,
Fultz said he would like to make a college decision before his senior year of high school, but he's also planning on taking all five of his official visits and noted that he has no problem stretching his recruitment out, if necessary.
Briscoe makes Team USA
University of Kentucky basketball signee Isaiah Briscoe and three of the program's top recruiting prospects were among 12 players named to the Team USA U19 squad Wednesday.
Briscoe — a five-star point guard from New Jersey — will join Harry Giles, Josh Jackson and Jayson Tatum on the team, which will represent the United States at the FIBA U19 world championships June 27-July 5 in Greece.
The other players on Team USA will be Villanova signee Jalen Brunson, Oklahoma State signee Jawun Evans, Louisville's Chinanu Onauku, Georgetown's L.J. Peak, Purdue signee Caleb Swanigan, Arizona signee Allonzo Trier, UCLA's Thomas Welsh and high school standout Terrance Ferguson.
The 12 players were chosen from a pool of 21 players who attended the ongoing USA Basketball training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo. They will continue to work out in Colorado until June 21.
Briscoe is one of four players in UK's recruiting class of 2015. He will join his future college teammates in Lexington a few days after the conclusion of the FIBA world championships.
Giles, Jackson and Tatum are generally regarded as the top three players in the class of 2016, and all three are being recruited by Kentucky.
Kobi Simmons was on the original roster for this week's Top 100 Camp, but his name was missing from the revised list that was released earlier this week.
Simmons' father, Demond Stephens, told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that the five-star point guard is simply taking a little break from what has been a hectic summer.
In addition to his play on the Adidas circuit, Simmons represented the United States at the Adidas Eurocamp in Italy. That event ended last week.
Simmons is UK's top point guard prospect in the class of 2016, and Scout.com ranks him as the No. 5 rising senior in the country.
He has already visited UK several times, and Stephens told the Herald-Leader that the family will return to Lexington for another recruiting trip this fall.
Jamal Murray isn't at this week's Top 100 Camp either, but he remains the hottest topic of conversation related to UK recruiting.
The five-star combo guard from Canada is still considering joining the class of 2015 in order to play college basketball next season.
ESPN.com posted a video about Murray's recruitment Wednesday featuring insight from recruiting insider Jeff Borzello, who said he considers UK to be the most likely landing spot.
"I think the decision is going to be made sometime soon," Borzello said later Wednesday. "His father has said they don't want to drag it out until late August. I do think it's Kentucky or Oregon. Those are the two schools that are head and shoulders above the rest."
Borzello said that while he considers UK the most likely destination, Oregon isn't far behind.
"I think it's near 50-50 right now," he said. "I think it's still pretty close."
There is no timetable for Murray's reclassification or college decision.