Kentucky guard prospect soars for an impressive slam
A few quick notes from the Tuesday night session of Team USA U17 and U18 training camps…
▪ Trae Young — UK’s top point guard target in the class of 2017 — said that he plans to cut his list to around five schools after next month’s Nike Peach Jam finals. Young — a 6-foot-2 prospect from Norman, Okla. — says he talks to John Calipari all the time. When asked if UK would be one of his five finalists, Young left little room for doubt. “It’s looking good for Kentucky,” he said with a smile. Young took unofficial visits to hometown Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas over the past few days. He also said it is likely that Washington will get a visit. The Huskies recently hired Michael Porter Sr. as an assistant coach. Porter Sr. is the father of five-star recruit Michael Porter Jr., who is Young’s friend and teammate.
▪ Five-star forward P.J. Washington told the Herald-Leader that he still plans to take an official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness in the fall. He listed Arizona, North Carolina and Texas as three other schools that would definitely get official visits in his recruitment.
▪ High-flying Hamidou Diallo — arguably the top shooting guard in the class of 2017 — was at it again during the U18 scrimmage Tuesday night. Check out the video below, and note that he threw down a nasty windmill jam just seconds after that video was taken. UK, Duke and UConn are thought to be among his top schools.
▪ UK target Kevin Knox received a scholarship offer from Arizona on Tuesday, and he’s supposed to talk to Wildcats Coach Sean Miller on Wednesday. UK, Duke and North Carolina are just a few of the schools that have offered Knox, a 6-8 forward and the No. 6 player in the class of 2017.
▪ Mohamed Bamba — the No. 2 recruit in the class of 2017 — was here for Tuesday night’s opening session of Team USA U18 training camp, but as a spectator. Bamba, who missed the final two weekends of Nike EYBL regular-season play with a sprained ankle, participated in an early shoot-around with the other U18 hopefuls but watched the actual practice session from the sidelines. The 7-footer from Harlem, N.Y., has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Duke and several other top schools.
▪ Jordan Brown — the No. 2 overall recruit in the class of 2018 — said that he has already received scholarship offers from California, UCLA, Arizona, Kansas and St. John’s. The 6-foot-10, 200-pound prospect from Roseville, Calif., is an accomplished outside shooter for his size and plays quite a bit on the perimeter. He said Kentucky has not yet been in contact. “Hopefully they will soon,” he said. “It’s a really nice program, and it’s been a nice program for a long time.”