Varsity Preps

Kentucky Basketball Recruiting- Class of 2015

Photo of Malik Newman one of Kentucky’s top targets for 2015

Less than two weeks after Kentucky came off from it’s devastating 60-54 loss to the Uconn Huskies in the national championship game, Coach Calipari and his newly reformed staff hit the recruiting trail to add several key targets to the class of 2015 and 2016.

Coach Calipari’s long time assistant and ace recruiter Orlando Antigua left the program to become the head coach of The University of South Florida, taking UK assistant Rod Strickland along with him. This left a large hole in the coaching staff that was quickly filled by former Manhattan coach Barry “Slice” Rohrssen. “Slice” as he is often called is coming from Pitt where he has helped pull several high level recruits into an otherwise struggling program. Known for his strong inner-city ties in New York and his strong recruiting history, he is sure to bring the type of talent UK fans have grown accustom to.

The coming of late April into early May means recruiting season is in full swing. Over the past week, Kentucky’s coaching staff consisting of John Calipari, Kenny Payne, John Robic, and Barry Rohrssen have been around the country evaluating and recruiting players. Here is a list of known players visited and/or evaluated by the staff lately.

Note- All players in the 2015 class will most likely be affected by the NBA’s new age limit meaning One and Done (Succeed and Proceed thanks to @Rene81) is now Two and Through.

Jaylen Brown

Photo of Jaylen Brown

  • Last weekend UK assistant Kenny Payne visited class of 2015 SF Jaylen Brown of Marietta, Georgia. Jaylen is a five star SF ranked number 11 in the nation by Rivals that currently holds offers from Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, Kansas, Louisville, Ohio State, and UCLA. Kentucky offered him on this visit and they are expected to be a favorite for his services. Although he is not far in his recruitment, I am told by several sources that Kansas and Kentucky are the early leaders for his services. Here is a link to Jaylen’s 247 page. http://247sports.com/Player/Jaylen-Brown-19716

 

  • This weekend, John Calipari is watching 6-5 small forward V.J. King of Saint Vincent- Saint Mary. V.J., the #6 player in the class of 2016 currently holds offers from Ohio State, Arizona, Clemson, and UConn. Ohio State is considered the early favorite for his services as they have long been recruiting him and he is form Akron, Ohio. An offer is likely to come this summer with a decision well over a years away. Here is a link to V.J.’s 24/7 sports profile. http://247sports.com/Player/VJ-King-22376

 

  • Barry “Slice” Rohrssen is evaluating class of 2015 PF Thomas Bryant of Rochester, NY. Thomas is the #12 player in 2015 and the #6 PF overall. He currently holds offers from Syracuse, West Virginia, Seton Hall, St.Johns, and Villanova. 24/7 sports Crystal ball currently has him 50/50 between Syracuse and West Virginia. This would be the perfect opportunity of Slice Rohrssen to get his first New York kid to come to Kentucky. Kentucky has yet to offer but I expect an offer in the next week or so with an announcement in the fall. Here is a link to his 24/7 profile. http://247sports.com/Player/Thomas-Bryant-23596

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Photo of Cheick Diallo

  • Barry Rohrssen also watched 2015 PF Cheick Diallo. Cheick is the #6 player in the class and currently holds offers from almost every major D1 program (To many to list). His current projected leaders coming into the summer AAU season are Pitt, St. Johns, and Kentucky. Many believe the reason he was interested in Pitt is due to Barry Rohrssen. With Barry now with Kentucky, look for a gained interest in the Cats and a possible early summer commit. This is one of the most exciting players in the 2015 class and one I desperately want to be a Cat. We will have to wait and see if Cal and Barry can pull some magic off to get Cheick. His 247 page http://247sports.com/Player/Cheick-Diallo-27331

Doral Moore

Photo of Doral Moore

  • UK assistant John Robic is visiting Pitt Jam this weekend watching several big time targets for the Cats. Class of 2015 Center Doral Moore, 2016 PG Jaylen Fisher, and 2015 stud Nick Marshall.

 

  •  Doral Moore, a Center from Locust Grove, Georgia is the #19 player in the class of 2015. He currently holds offers from Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Ohio State, and Maryland. Kentucky has yet to offer but one is expected sometime this summer. Currently his leader is Kentucky with Illinois close behind. Coming in at 6-11 in his junior year of high school, he is likely to reach the coveted 7 foot mark by college. Overall he is a great player that I would love to see baring the Kentucky uniform for the 2016 season. His 247 page http://247sports.com/Player/Doral-Moore-34119

 

Several other players are being considered and considering Kentucky in the class of 2015 but these are the known players that have been visited and/or watched by Kentucky in the last week. Here is the full list of players in the class of 2015 Kentucky is interested in. Note: This list was helped made from 247sports.com.

Commits

  • Charles Mathews #1 SG and #13 player in 2015

Top Targets

  • Malik Newman #1PG and  #1 Player in 2015

My Pick- Kentucky

  • Skal Labissiere #3 Center and #8 player in 2015

My pick- Memphis

  • Carlton Bragg #4PF and #9 player in 2015

My pick- Kentucky

 

Heavily Wanted

  • Stephan Zimmerman #1 Center and #4 player in 2015 My pick- Arizona
  • Jaylen Brown #2 SF and #10 player in 2015 My pick- Kentucky
  • Derrick Jones #3 SF and #15 player in 2015 My pick- Syracuse
  • Danjel Purifoy#12 SF and #46 player in 2015 My pick- Kentucky

 

Others Interested

  • Ivan Rabb #1 PF and #2 player in 2015 My Pick- Arizona
  • Diamond Stone #2 Center #5 player in 2015 My pick- North Carolina
  • Thomas Bryant #6 PF and #12 player in 2015 My pick- Syracuse
  • Montaque GIll- Ceaser #3 SG and #18 player in 2015 My Pick- Michigan St.
  • Doral Moore #3 Center and #19 player in 2015 My Pick- Kentucky
  • Dwayne Bacon #7 SF and #33 player in 2015 My Pick- Louisville
  • Cheick Diallo #2 PF and #6 player in 2015 My Pick- Kentucky

Damon Wilson

 

Damon Wilson- Pitt Commit

ON A SIDE NOTE

Recently I came up with a possible situation that may sound a little crazy but make perfect sense for Kentucky. With Barry Rohrssen joining Kentucky from Pitt, could he try to pull one or more Pitt commits to Kentucky?  Could Coach Cal and Coach Rohrssen go after Pitt commit Damon Wilson? Damon is the #12 SG and #62 player overall in the class of 2015. But why would Kentucky go after Damon? A source close to mine has said that Damon is GREAT friends with Jaylen Brown the #2 SF and #10 player overall. If Damon were to come to Kentucky, it would be an almost guarantee  Jaylen would come. (Again this is coming from a close source) This would be something to look into later this summer as it would be a win-win for both parties involved. Damon and Jaylen could play together. Kentucky would get two studs.

Damon Wilson 247 page http://247sports.com/Player/Damon-Wilson-19749

What To Expect

The class of 2015 is expected to be a GREAT class with top level talent everywhere you look. I expect Kentucky to have another monster class with 6-8 high level commits. This will be the class that matters as this class will most likely be the first class affected by the NBA’s new age limit meaning the ole One and Done (Now Succeed and Proceed thanks to @rene81) will become Two and Through. Thank you for taking the time in reading this and join me next weekend as I preview the class of 2016!

 

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