The Elite Youth Basketball League regular season concluded on Monday, and 12 of 13 rising high school seniors with UK scholarship offers helped lead their team to success there and earned their teams spots at the prestigious showcase that caps off the Nike summer circuit. That 13th guy’s team could also make an appearance at the showcase if his team is selected as a wildcard.
The showcase will feature 24 of the best youth teams in the nation and runs July 6-10 in North August, S.C.
Every single one of the 2017 recruiting class offers that UK has made is playing in the summer Nike circuit, the primary location where head coach John Calipari seeks new Wildcat prospects.
So famous for hosting one-and-done players on Kentucky’s roster, Calipari will likely look to add more depth to the Wildcat backcourt with several players leaving or opting for the NBA Draft. Calipari has only offered two point guards for 2017 -- Trae Young, who averaged 7.1 assists in the Nike regular season, and Tremont Waters, who averaged 4.8.
Other UK prospects that stand out are DeAndre Ayton, who averaged 19.5 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 1.7 blocks per game, Gary Trent Jr., who put up 22.2 points per game, and Wendell Carter, who has prioritized UK over Duke and other offers.
Calipari is hoping to surpass UCLA Bruins and John Wooden's 11 National Championship titles.