This year is no exception. The expected visitor list for tonight's sold-out event at Rupp Arena features elite recruits from four different classes, including several from the Class of 2014 who may wind up suiting up for the Cats at next year's BBM.
This AllWildcats.com feature breaks down each of the players expected to be in town for official and unofficial visits:
6-6, 225, Small Forward
Santa Anna, Calif., Mater Dei HS
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 1 Small Forward, No. 6 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Johnson is considering UK, Arizona, USC, Oregon and Florida. Many believe it's a battle of Wildcats, but will it be John Calipari's breed or that of Sean Miller? It's too close to call at this point, or to completely write off the other programs on his list. Johnson is viewed by many to be the most important piece of UK's 2014 class. He's a dynamic scorer off the dribble, terrific in transition, and one of the fiercest competitors anywhere on the high school level with the potential to be an elite defender.
Trey Lyles. (FOX Sports Photo by Jeff Drummond.)
6-9, 240, Power Forward
Indianapolis, Ind., Arsenal Tech HS
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 1 Power Forward, No. 7 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: The one-time Indiana commitment has narrowed his decision to Bluegrass arch-rivals Kentucky and Louisville, making his recruitment one of several compelling storylines between the Cats and Cards this season. This will be his second trip to Lexington for Big Blue Madness after attending last year's event as well. Lyles is a versatile big man with elite skills on both ends of the floor.
James Blackmon Jr.
6-3, 175, Shooting Guard
Marion, Ind., Marion HS
Scout Ranking: Four-star; No. 10 Shooting Guard, No. 56 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: A Wildcat legacy, Blackmon is the son of former UK shooting guard James Blackmon, who played for Joe B. Hall and Eddie Sutton in the mid-1980s. The apple didn't fall too far from the tree. Blackmon is considered one of the sweetest shooters in his class and a player who could bring a Doron Lamb-type weapon to the Cats. Like Lyles, he previously committed to Indiana. But unlike Lyles, he still has the Hoosiers on his list, as well as Michigan and Michigan State.
5-9, 165, Point Guard
Chicago, Ill., Marian Catholic HS
Scout Ranking: Four-star; No. 6 Point Guard, No. 29 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Ulis committed to Kentucky in September, picking the Cats over Michigan State and Iowa. He breaks the mold of the typical Calipari point guard with his small frame, but scouts love his toughness and floor general skills.
Karl Towns Jr. (FOX Sports Photo by Jeff Drummond.)
6-11, 250, Center/Power Forward
Metuchen, N.J., St. Joseph HS
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 4 Center, No. 10 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Towns has been committed to UK since December 2012. It took almost 10 months to get some company on the list, but when Ulis came on board the two players gave Calipari a nice inside-outside nucleus to build around with the rest of this class. Towns, who played for Calipari on the Dominican Republic National Team, has a big body to play inside, but is also a gifted ball-handler and shooter who can extend his game to the perimeter.
6-3, 170, Shooting Guard
Saginaw, Mich., Arthur Hill HS
Scout Ranking: Four-star; No. 5 Shooting Guard, No. 22 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Davis had a great summer on the Nike EYBL circuit. Calipari must have liked what he saw during the July evaluation period as the Cats have turned up the heat on the Michigan junior. It's early in his recruitment, but look for UK to battle schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Duke, Kansas, Illinois and Missouri for his services.
6-8, 210, Power Forward
High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian Academy
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 1 Power Forward, No. 1 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Giles has been sidelined since June after tearing ligaments in a knee while playing with USA Basketball in Uruguay. Although he missed most of the ever-important summer evaluation period, he remained the nation's top-rated sophomore and is likely the No. 1 player on Calipari's big board for 2016. Giles developed a friendship with former Cat Nerlens Noel during his rehabilitation process. Noel offered emotional support and advice for bouncing back from injury. Could that have a lasting impact as Giles moves along in the recruiting process? Kentucky is expected to be challenged by all the big names in college basketball. Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State and Wake Forest will likely be high on the list.
Jayson Tatum. (USA Basketball.)
6-7, 190, Small Forward
St. Louis, Mo., Chaminade Prep HS
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 2 Small Forward, No. 4 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: One of the most dynamic players in the sophomore class, Tatum is coming off a strong showing on the summer AAU circuit and with USA Basketball's developmental program earlier this month. He's reportedly only one of three sophomores that Calipari has targeted to date. Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State and Florida are some of the early power players associated with his recruitment.
6-4, 170, Point Guard/Combo Guard
Alpharetta, Ga., St. Francis HS
Scout Ranking: Five-star; No. 2 Point Guard, No. 16 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: Simmons was a breakout player this summer, although some scouts still wonder what position he'll wind up playing as his body and game keep developing. UK, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida State and Louisville have all been showing interest early in the process. The Cats may have taken an early lead in his recruitment after playing host to him during the UK Alumni Charity Game this summer.
6-5, 200, Shooting Guard
Madison, Ala., Madison Academy
Scout Ranking: Four-star; No. 4 Shooting Guard, No. 14 Overall
Recruiting Breakdown: One of the youngest standouts at this year's NBPA Top 100 Camp, Langford is a relatively new name on the UK radar. He's picked up early offers from SEC programs like Auburn, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Florida and Vanderbilt, but will likely become a national prospect by the time he's ready to make a college decision. He's the type of long, rangy, versatily guard that Calipari loves on both ends of the floor.
6-5, 175, Small Forward
Saginaw, Mich., Arthur Hill HS
Scout Ranking: U/A
Recruiting Breakdown: A teammate of Eric Davis and the cousin of NBA standout Jason Richardson, Bowen is one of a few freshmen around the country who has started drawing major recruiting attention. Michigan State has reportedly issued a scholarship offer. Madness will mark his second trip to Lexington since the summer. He was part of the Fab Frosh All-American Camp at the Kentucky Basketball Academy in June.