Big Blue Madness will be loaded
John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats are off to an uncharacteristically slow start on the recruiting trail, but there is no reason to think that will last long. Calipari and his staff are expecting another monster class in Lexington, and this weekend they will be having many of their top targets on campus for the always loaded Big Blue Madness event.
Leading the way is small forward Kevin Knox who will be making the trip to Lexington. Knox will be the highest rated prospect on campus, but far from the only five-star.
Maybe the player to watch the most is P.J. Washington. Washington has long been considered a lean to the Wildcats, and now they get their chance to have him on campus for one of their key events.
While that quartet of 2017 prospects is impressive on its own, the 2018 crew is also stacked. Cameron Reddish, Romeo Langford, and Immanuel Quickley are all five-star perimeter players who will be coming to Lexington to take in the festivities.
Sean Miller has huge crew coming in
Already the Arizona Wildcats have the top ranked class in 2017 committed, and they will try to continue to add to that this weekend. Current Arizona pledge and the nation's No. 1 prospect DeAndre Ayton is making a visit to the school and he will be joined by 2017 prospects Lonnie Walker, Ira Lee, Brandon Randolph and Alex Barcello. Randolph and Barcello are also already committed to Arizona.
The 2017 crew is impressive, but Miller isn't wasting a weekend to make inroads in the 2018 class either. Point guard Brandon Williams, wing Gerald Liddell, combo guard Quentin Grimes, power forward Miles Norris, and Taeshon Cherry will all be making the trip to Tucson to check in on the Wildcats.
This is one of the biggest weekends for Arizona in a while, and the Wildcats are hoping to keep momentum going at their annual Red and Blue Game.
Late Night with Roy will have key visitors
The North Carolina Tar Heels are looking to add to their frontcourt in the 2017 class, and a few of their top priorities are coming to Chapel Hill this weekend. North Carolina could be on commitment watch as Ohio native Sterling Manley has the Tar Heels as his dream school and is making his first trip to campus. Also UNC will have uncommitted five-star Jarred Vanderbilt on campus, and he is someone that the Tar Heels have put in significant time with.
Also UNC is using this opportunity to host younger prospects as the Tar Heels continue to get more aggressive recruiting underclassmen.
In the 2018 class leading the way is Zion Williamson who is one of the premier targets for North Carolina. Other underclass prospects such as Joey Baker, Juwan Gary, and Josh Nickelberry as well as UNC commitments Rechon Black and Coby White will also be there to try and help the recruiting efforts for the Tar Heels in the 2018 and 2019 classes.
St. John's looks to make a statement
The St. John's Red Storm are looking to stock up on local prospects in the 2018 and 2019 classes, and they are using their Tip-Off event to put together one of the most impressive visitor lists in the country when it comes to New York and New Jersey prospects.
In the 2018 class Moses Brown, Nazreon Reid, Luther Muhammad, Khalid Moore, Mamadou Doucoure, and Boubacar Diakite will all be making the trip to Queens for the event. St. John's has long been considered the favorite for Muhammad, and they continue to put the full court press on the local prospect.
As if that wasn't enough, in the 2019 class another big time list of local prospects will be in attendance. Leading the way is a trio of elite prospects in Cole Anthony, Scottie Lewis, and Bryan Antoine. All three prospects are ranked as five-stars, and have a chance to be elite. Also Chris Mullin and his staff will have Precious Achiuwa, Khalil Whitney, and Jalen Gaffney coming to see the festivities.
With so much talent in close range to the campus, St. John's is hoping to make key in-roads with the best of the best in the area in the 2018 and 2019 classes.
Other key visits
Georgia: Wendell Carter
Missouri: Anthony Mack
Syracuse: Billy Preston
Purdue: Aaron Wheeler
Texas: Courtney Ramey
Cincinnati: Marcus Carr
Western Kentucky: Zion Williamson