With four-star shooting guard LaGerald Vick's decision to skip an official visit to Kentucky and instead commit to Kansas on Sunday, the list of possible additions to next season's UK basketball team got another player shorter.
The Wildcats' roster currently includes nine scholarship players and two walk-ons, though there are three uncommitted five-star recruits still on the class of 2015 radar. All three have UK on their short list.
Indiana post player Caleb Swanigan backed out of his commitment to Michigan State this month.
Purdue — where his legal guardian was a football standout — and California have alternately been mentioned as possible frontrunners since that decision, though Kentucky has emerged in recent days as another legitimate destination.
247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer predicts Swanigan will end up at Purdue on his recruiting service's "Crystal Ball" page, but he's not ruling out the Cats.
"What I'm hearing from a really good source is that they're making inroads," Meyer told the Herald-Leader. "What I'm hearing is that the (UK) staff is feeling positive about it.
"But Swanigan and his people are not talking."
California has already used up its allotted number of scholarships (13) for next season, though there's always a chance that an unexpected departure could free up a spot.
Purdue is the local choice with ties to Swanigan's family, and that program could offer him more playing time on the perimeter, something that he's expressed an interest in.
Kentucky is looking for another post player, and Swanigan — at 6-8 and 270 pounds — offers something that Marcus Lee and Skal Labissiere do not.
"I think it's a deal where Marcus Lee and Skal need him, because they're not physical players," Meyer said. "So I think he's a good fit with them."
Two Canadian high school teammates — Thon Maker and Jamal Murray — are also possibilities to play college basketball next season, though both began the high school season as members of the class of 2016.
Maker — a 7-footer originally from Sudan — announced his intention to reclassify to 2015 a few months ago, but he's still in the process of completing the academic work to make that a reality.
His guardian has said in recent days that Maker might not be able to join a college team until after the fall semester, which would make him a midseason enrollee and force him to miss about half the season.
Maker and those close to his recruitment have been adamant that he will not look to play professionally outside the United States next season, though Meyer said he still thinks that's a possibility. Maker could also stay in high school in Canada and jump directly to the NBA as an international prospect in 2016.
UK, Kansas, Indiana and Arizona State are the colleges generating the most buzz.
New Sun Devils head coach Bobby Hurley recently hired Brian Merritt as one of his assistant coaches. Merritt was previously an official with former NBA coach John Lucas' camp program, and he was instrumental in the early high school careers of Maker and his younger brother.
"I know the Arizona State thing is real, and I know they feel confident that he is going to play college ball and he's going to end up there," said Meyer, who is predicting Maker to that school if he does indeed play college ball.
Murray — a 6-5 combo guard — is still listed as a class of 2016 recruit, but he is also looking at a move to 2015. He was already highly touted when commit to Kansas on Sunday" target="_blank">his stock exploded with an MVP performance at last month's Nike Hoop Summit, which included top high school prospects from the United States and many of the world's best amateur players.
As an international prospect, Murray also has the option of returning to high school in Canada and immediately jumping to the NBA Draft in 2016.
"It's really looking like he's going to stick in 2016," Meyer said.
"And it's questionable whether he plays in college. His draft stock is probably as high as it'll ever be right now, based on how he played (at the Hoop Summit). And they're thinking in those terms. So, heck, he might stay out of sight until the (2016) draft."
Meyer predicts that Murray will probably end up at UK or Oregon if he plays college basketball, giving the nod to the Ducks, whose coaching staff includes Mike Mennenga, a former co-director of Murray's AAU team.
"I don't think he looks at Kentucky like a lot of other people would look at Kentucky, partly because of him being from Canada," Meyer said. "Kentucky does have an allure, there's no doubt about that. But it doesn't hit everybody the same."
UK has also been mentioned in connection with Greek center Georgios Papagiannis, who played last year for a high school in Pennsylvania before returning to Greece this past season to compete with a professional team.
Papagiannis — a 7-1 prospect — still has his amateur status, but UK is not known to be seriously recruiting him at this time.
Meyer considers Swanigan the "most likely" of these players to join the Wildcats, if they add anyone at all.
Wednesday is the final day for incoming freshmen to sign a national letter of intent, but players can sign scholarship papers with the school of their choice at any time.
That means these recruitments could drag on for weeks.
"Timetables are becoming a thing of the past," Meyer said.