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Blakeney breaks down Kentucky visit
Antonio Blakeney, one of the elite scorers in the 2015 class, took his third official visit late last week. After previously visiting Missouri and Louisville, who he is no longer considering, Blakeney traveled to Lexington, Ky., to check out John Calipari’s Kentucky program. “I hung with the players, met the strength coach and the academic people,” Blakeney said when asked about the visit. “I talked to coach Calipari, it was pretty much more every thing you do on a visit. I went to a game as well.” “The atmosphere was crazy, especially for an exhibition game,” the five-star prospect added. “I didn’t expect that much. It was packed out.”
While Blakeney is known for his ability to put up points, Calipari told him he likes his potential on the defensive end.
“He told me he wants me to come in and be the best defender on the team,” Blakeney said. “He thinks I can be a good defender. He didn’t bring up who is going to leave and who isn’t. Of course guys are going to be leaving. He just said if I come in and work hard and play hard D that I’ll play.”
“He was just pretty much telling me that he feels like I’m built for it but it wouldn’t be easy,” Blakeney added. “He said I’m built for it and can deal with it on and off the court.”
What was the biggest surprise of Blakeney’s trip to Kentucky?
“What surprised me was just how the players are treated and how the strength coach is all on their butts and the academic are all on them,” he said. “They are treated like they are NBA players. I like that they are treated like NBA players. Not like in a celebrity way, but more making sure they have everything they need.”
Blakeney’s next trip is scheduled for this coming weekend. He will visit LSU with AAU teammate and current LSU commit Ben Simmons. After that trip, he’s planning to set up a visit to see North Carolina and North Carolina State.
“I haven’t set a date with them or anything, but I still plan on doing that,” Blakeney said.
With the initial signing period starting in seven days, one of the biggest questions surrounding uncommitted prospects is whether they intend to sign early or late. At this point, it appears Blakeney’s recruitment will likely head into the spring.
“No, I’m not sure,” Blakeney responded when asked if he would make a decision during the early period. “As or right now, no.”
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