The final week of the July recruiting period will bring a little of the basketball madness to the Bluegrass.
The AAU Super Showcase moves from Orlando, Fla., to Louisville this year, but two major events out West will steal some spotlight from the annual tournament.
UK commitment Charles Matthews is one of the top players who should be in Louisville. The Chicago-based Meanstreets squad is scheduled to play Thursday at 9:20 a.m., and 2:40 p.m., and again Friday at 8 a.m.
The Friday game will be against the Kentucky Travelers, a team featuring many of the best players in the state, including Knott Central's Camron Justice, Holmes' Beetle Bolden and Lexington Christian's Matt Rose.
The Travelers will also play Thursday at 9:20 a.m., and 2:40 p.m.
Antonio Blakeney (Each 1 Teach 1) and Udoka Azubuike (Nike Team Florida) are also supposed to be at the Super Showcase, though players don't always compete in every tournament their team enters. Both Blakeney and Azubuike have scholarship offers from Kentucky.
The Super Showcase will be played at the Kentucky Exposition Center, and college coaches from around the country are expected to attend.
This year's event conflicts with tryouts for the Team USA under-17 squad. Thirty-three players from around the country will be in Colorado Springs, Colo., competing for 12 spots.
Players with UK scholarship offers who have been invited to the tryouts include Tyus Battle, Henry Ellenson, Harry Giles, Malik Monk, Malik Newman, Ivan Rabb, Diamond Stone, Caleb Swanigan, Jayson Tatum and Derryck Thornton.
Taylor County standout Quentin Goodin, who has received some interest from UK and Louisville, is also invited.
Many of those players would have been at the Super Showcase if the Team USA tryouts were held on a different date. As it is, those players will start competing Thursday night and the U.S. team will be named Saturday afternoon.
The two Friday sessions of Team USA tryouts will be open to college coaches, and that should draw some of the top names in the sport. The players that make the team will continue to practice in Colorado before traveling to Dubai next month to compete in the U-17 world championships.
This week also includes the biggest tournament on the Adidas circuit, which is the summer basketball home of top UK targets Jaylen Brown, Carlton Bragg and Brandon Ingram. Those players will spend the week playing in front of college coaches in Las Vegas.
Another major UK recruit for 2015 — power forward Cheick Diallo — will sit out the rest of the summer to rest a nagging back injury, which hampered him toward the end of last week's Nike Peach Jam in South Carolina.
After this week, college coaches are not permitted to visit prospective recruits off campus or watch them play or practice in person until September.