From Tyreke Evans to Derrick Rose to John Wall, Calipari has zeroed in certain guys and refused to be denied. On Wednesday his track record got even better when he scored a verbal commitment from Scout.com's No. 2 prospect – Brandon Knight.
Knight made his announcement at a press conference at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Pine Crest on ESPNU.
"I just chose Kentucky just because I felt it was a place that had great players, a great environment and just a place where I can elevate my game with great coaches and pieces around me," Knight told the TV audience.
An energetic guard, Knight has great size and instincts for the point guard spot, but he's also a very capable scorer. He averaged 31.9 points and 8.6 rebounds a game during his senior season.
"I learned more about Brandon Knight in the Hoop Summit than anywhere else," Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst Dave Telep said. "When the game was on the line, he flipped into point guard mode, showed himself as a team player and performed at a high level. It was impressive."
Knight's recruitment has been a hotly contested battle between a few of basketball's traditional powers. Joining Kentucky in the battle for Knight was Kansas, Connecticut, Florida, Miami and Syracuse.
"I think a lot of players are enticed by coach Cal and his ability to develop point guards just because of the simple fact that of the things he's done with previous players," Knight said. "He's helped nurture their talents and helped them get better."
If two five-stars prospects and a four-star weren't enough, Calipari and his staff still have a few spots available, after the mass underclassman exodus. The Cats are still in the mix with Doron Lamb, C.J. Leslie and Terrence Jones.