It’s been a little over a week since our first installment taking a look at the most high profile of UK’s early 2010 targets, so it’s time to get started again.
I broke down UK’s top point guard prospects and now it’s time to break down the shooting guards and small forward’s whose names you will be hearing over the next year, starting this week with the NBAPA Top 100 camp this weekend.
Harrison Barnes (#2 overall according to Rivals) – Barnes is a special talent and will challenge for the top spot in the 2010 rankings all year long. He is from Ames, Iowa and can shoot from mid-range and from distance. He’s also a very good student who is looking to continue his studies when he hits campus, so academics will be a consideration for him, even though the NBA will be an option sooner rather than later.
He is a very versatile player who can score in basically any way he feels like, can rebound, and can play defense. Whoever gets him is going to get a tremendous boost to their program.
As you would expect for a kid of his talent, he’s hearing from a ton of schools. Duke and Kansas are both thought to be in a strong position for him, but Florida, Iowa State, Minnesota, Stanford, North Carolina, and UCLA all are after him. John Calipari will undoubtedly be among his suitors, but at this point, he faces an uphill battle to sell him on making Lexington home.
Barnes has expressed concern over the situation at Memphis left by John Calipari as well as the recent scholarship casualties at UK. That’s not to say that John Calipari cannot undo this impression, but it’s going to take some work.
Jelan Kendrick (#11 overall) – Kendrick was a target of Billy Gillispie and Tracy Webster, but I have not seen his name pop up much since Calipari took over. Based on what I have read about him, he’s a Billy G kind of player: can play SF or PG but not much of a shooter.
He’s taking a slow approach to recruiting, sitting back and waiting at this point. Therefore, pretty much all we know is who is trying to talk to him. That list includes Georgetown, Miami, UK, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU, Temple, Tennessee, Texas, and Wake Forest.
Roscoe Smith (#16 overall) – Roscoe Smith is another versatile player who has very good size (6-8) and will mix it up inside and score from the perimeter. He has excellent athleticism and rebounds willingly.
Roscoe is wide open at this point and John Calipari took time to visit him at home in Baltimore in his first three weeks as UK coach. That should give you a pretty strong indication that Calipari wants him. UNC and Duke have yet to offer, but both are involved. Florida, UConn, Florida State, Maryland, Louisville, Kansas, Georgetown, and Texas are also in the mix.
Doron Lamb (#24 overall) – With UK losing out on Will Barton, many believe that Doron Lamb has become UK’s top wing target for the class of 2010. Lamb just knows how to score the ball. He won’t blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he understands how to put points on the board.
There’s no doubt that new UK assistant Orlando Antigua will be a major factor in his recruitment, as both come from the famous NYC basketball scene. Lamb now plays for Oak Hill Academy and will face the top talent in practice and in games.
He too has a looong list right now that includes UK, Louisville, Syracuse, UCLA, Pitt, UConn, Oklahoma, Marquette, and Arkansas. I’m sure his list will begin to sift itself out this summer, but I would guess UK will be involved for the long haul.
Justin Martin (#56 overall) – Martin is a high school teammate of UK decommitment Dominique Ferguson and happens to have decommitted like his teammate from Louisville within the past month. He has good size on the wing and shoots well from distance.
Martin felt that he decided too early and still will look at Louisville, as well as UK, IU, Michigan State, Purdue, and Xavier.
Casey Prather (#57 overall) – Prather is quickly improving his jump shot and he is an explosive athlete who will play the 2 or 3 at the next level. He’s also a very solid defensive player.
He’s built up a base of some very good offers (Vandy, UVA, Alabama, Miami, Ole Miss) and is now beginning to garner attention from even higher profile programs like UK, UNC, and Florida.
Stacey Poole (#67 overall) – Poole plays both point and the 2 for his high school team, but figures to move full time to shooting guard at the next level. He’s still waiting to see what his options are, but is hearing from UK, IU, Kansas, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, South Carolina and Texas.
Keep in mind that this is not a full list and that John Calipari has been on the job for only 2 and half months, so we are not yet sure who he will prioritize in this class. We’ll keep you updated on new names that emerge and I will be posting a breakdown of UK’s early post targets in the next few days.