UK's basketball coaches are still trying to fill out their roster for next season, and recruits from the class of 2016 will be the top priority once that's accomplished.
That doesn't mean they don't already have a good idea of what comes next.
Four of Scout.com's top five players in the class of 2017 were in Lexington for Nike league play over the weekend, and UK has expressed interest in all of them.
Las Vegas point guard Troy Brown was already ranked No. 2 in the class before going off for 21 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in a mesmerizing performance Saturday evening.
The 6-foot-6 prospect has great size for his position and showed off some flash in the open court, particularly with a one-handed rifle of a bounce pass that traveled about 40 feet past a couple defenders.
"He's a guy that can see over the defense, and he's a tremendous passer," said Scout.com's Evan Daniels. "He's going to have to improve his long-range shooting, but he's a very good passer with very good vision. And he usually finds guys on time and on target."
On the same court the next day, Missouri small forward Michael Porter Jr. — no relation to the former UK player — turned in a versatile performance against a tough Georgia Stars club.
Porter — the No. 3 player in Scout's rankings — finished that game with a long jumper in the final seconds to give his team the 70-69 victory.
"Michael Porter has this unique combination of terrific athleticism and being a terrific shooter," Daniels said. "He is a high-level threat to make jump shots from deep, and he makes them consistently. And I think, at 6-8, with that type of athleticism, he's a really, really good long-term prospect.
"He's easily one of the best three players in that class. It's going to be hard to jump DeAndre Ayton, but he's certainly going to be in that conversation."
Ayton — a 6-11 center from California — plays on the Under Armour circuit but missed this past weekend's games in Louisville with an injury. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 prospect in all of high school basketball, higher than any player from the classes of 2015 or 2016.
Scout's No. 4 (Zach Brown of Florida) and No. 5 (Wendell Carter) players for 2017 — both centers — were also in Lexington, along with Maryland wing D.J. Harvey, Texas small forward Jarred Vanderbilt and Alabama guard John Petty.
College coaches aren't allowed to call prospects from the class of 2017 until June 15, per NCAA rules. All of the aforementioned players are expected to hear directly from UK's coaches once that date rolls around.
Travelers break even
The Travelers — Kentucky's only Nike EYBL team — finally got some home games over the weekend, and they managed a 2-2 showing after going 0-4 in an injury-plagued first session a couple of weeks ago.
Perry Central's Braxton Beverly averaged a team-high 13.3 points and 3.5 assists per game. Owen County's Carson Williams tallied 9.5 points and 7.3 rebounds per game after missing almost all of the first session with a foot injury.
Now 2-6 on the season, the Travelers still have an opportunity to make up ground and qualify for the Nike Peach Jam finals in July for the third consecutive year. The next session of EYBL games will be played May 8-10 in Houston.
Most of UK's recruits in recent years have come from the Nike circuit, and many of them were at the Kentucky Basketball Academy over the weekend to watch college basketball's future stars.
Former EYBL players Willie Cauley-Stein, Alex Poythress, Marcus Lee, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis all made appearances, some of them attending all three days of games.
Cauley-Stein delivered a post-game pep talk to his former Mokan Elite squad after their Friday night loss. Johnson — once a standout for Each1Teach1 — met with players from his former team after their game Sunday.
Julius Randle, who played for the Texas Titans in the EYBL, was at the gym Saturday night hanging out with UK coaches John Calipari and Kenny Payne.
Five-star small forward Brandon Ingram will announce his college decision Monday at 6:10 p.m., from his high school in Kinston, N.C.
Ingram — a 6-foot-9 prospect in the class of 2015 — has narrowed his list to UK, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, N.C. State and UCLA. The Blue Devils are considered favorites going into the announcement.
247Sports ranks Ingram as the No. 3 senior in the nation.