Summer recruiting winding down
Kentucky's John Calipari will definitely lose the services of seniors Darius Miller and Eloy Vargas. Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb are likely departures and are working hard at elevating their draft stock. That's four slots that are likely to need to be filled by Calipari in the class of 2012. Should the NBA retain the current one and done rule the number of possible scholarship openings could go through the roof. With the signing of transfer Ryan Harrow the point guard slot has been solidified. At the wing spots it appears Calipari is eying Archie Goodwin and Shabazz Muhammad. Goodwin is more of a wing guard prospect. Muhammad is seen by some as a swingman at the college level, able to play both the wing guard and wing forward positions. With Miller, Vargas and Jones gone, and the possibility of losing freshman studs Anthony Davis and Michael Gilchrist, who now wishes to be referred to as Mike Kidd-Gilchrist, the Cats are going to be in need of length. Long on the list of Calipari has been forward Perry Ellis. Calipari isn't the only coach with his eyes on Ellis, who may be seen as a "must get" type target for Bill Self. DaJuan Coleman and Mitch McGary appear to be the post players that the Kentucky staff have spent the most time with this summer. Devonta Pollard reported in late June that he had been offered a scholarship by Kentucky, so he is apparently high on the Kentucky wish list as well. The Kentucky staff has also offered forward Alex Poythress, who also recently picked up an offer from Duke. 6-7 forward T.J. Warren also reports that Kentucky has offered and some sources indicate that Kentucky is recruiting Warren hard as the summer evaluation period ends. Earlier this summer a nationally known recruiting guru made a prediction that Robert Carter would become the first player to commit to Kentucky, that has not yet happened. While this list is not by any means an "official" list of Kentucky's prime targets, these players have reported offers from Kentucky and include the Wildcats among their leaders. Kentucky is also involved with other players. Calipari's staff is tight lipped, and doesn't divulge recruiting information. Last summer UK fans were pleasantly surprised when five star forward Kyle Wiltjer committed without many fans realizing that Kentucky was seriously pursuing the Portland product.
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