Vaught; Recruiting insights from Evan Daniels

Kentucky Sports Report's Larry Vaught goes one-on-one with Scout's Evan Daniels to discuss Nerlens Noel, Shabazz Muhammad, Anthony Bennett, Troy Williams and more

Kentucky Sports Report's Larry Vaught conducted an interview with Evan Daniels,'s top Basketball Recruiting Analyst. Daniels spoke at length on Kentucky recruits and Wildcat basketball recruiting.

Question: Can there possibly be any truth to report that Nerlens Noel is an even better shot blocker than Anthony Davis?

Daniels: "It is my belief that Noel is a better shot blocker than Davis because of his unique ability to block shots with both hands equally. Now obviously it's splitting hairs, as they are both ridiculous talents, but Noel has terrific timing, is quick off his feet and has similar length."

Question: Do you think Davis' success could have influenced his decision to re-classify?

Daniels: "No, I think Nerlens Noel made his decision to go to the 2012 class because he felt like he was ready to go to college and didn't need another year of high school ball."

Question: How would you describe his overall game?

Daniels: "Noel is a dominant defensive player. He changes the game when he's on the floor because of how teams have to prepare for him. Offensively he's greatly improved. He's developed hooks around the basket and is much more confident looking to score."

Question: Would he fit well at Kentucky, especially with a recruiting class that already includes Alex Poythress, Archie Goodwin and Willie Cauley?

Daniels: "There isn't a school in the country that couldn't fit a guy like Noel into their team. UK certainly needs another post prospect and will have plenty of time available. Having had a game similar to him defensively in Davis, is certainly a plus for the Cats and probably an angle that they are pushing."

Question: If a team signed both Noel and Shabazz Muhammad, how potent would that pair be together?

Daniels: "If a team could get those two guys then I think the expectations for that team's season changes. Those are two guys that can help lead a college program to a lot of wins in college basketball. They are both game changers."

Question: What do you like best about Troy Willams' game?

Daniels: "His athleticism is what sticks out. He's a tremendous leaper, has great body control and finishes well around the basket."

Question: Is he a potential one-and-done type player?

Daniels: "It's still too early to know. Williams needs to spruce up his ball skills and his jump shot, before he starts thinking about that. From a talent perspective, Williams is certainly up there in the 2013 class. He's an elite wing prospect."

Question: What are Kentucky's chances?

Daniels: "UK is certainly in the mix for Williams. He has his list narrowed to five schools. The three that I think have the best shot are UNC, Georgetown and Kentucky. The vibe I'm getting is those three are in good position. I think we'll see a decision from him in the next six to eight weeks."

Question: Do you think Anthony Bennett is a major recruiting target for Kentucky and what impresses you most about him?

Daniels: "Bennett is certainly a major target. Kentucky is among his final five schools and are strongly involved. While he also lists UNLV, Oregon and Washington, it's my belief that Florida and Kentucky are the two schools with the best shot at gaining his services."

Question: How many more players do you project Calipari might sign in April?

Daniels: "Based on looking over the roster, I'd project that Kentucky loses six players this year. Two (Miller & Vargas) to graduation and four to the NBA Draft (Davis, Jones, Lamb & Gilchrist), so I'd expect UK tries to get at least two more prospects and likely three for their 2012 class."

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