Cats poised for two big commitments?

Kentucky may be poised to pick up commitments from two of the best shooting guard prospects in the country on Thursday, James Blackmon Jr. and Devin Booker.

With all the hype surrounding the start of Kentucky's basketball season, fans have tempered their concerns about the lack of many verbal commitments in the Wildcats' 2014 recruiting class to date.

That may feel like even more of a distant memory on Thursday as UK is reportedly poised to pick up commitments from two of the nation's elite guard prospects.


Devin Booker shoots the 3. (FOX Sports Photo by Jeff Drummond.)
Devin Booker and James Blackmon Jr., both four-star shooting guards, will be announcing their respective college decisions today. Each plays the same position and bring similar games to the table with their ability to stroke the 3-pointer, but could wind up together in Lexington.

"I think both Blackmon and Booker will pick Kentucky. That's my prediction," said FOX Sports/Scout national basketball analyst Evan Daniels.

Kentucky coach John Calipari has surprised the basketball recruiting world before by landing high-rated players at the same position. In 2009, he convinced Eric Bledsoe to join the Wildcats despite the presence of No. 1 point guard John Wall in the same class.

Booker ranks as the No. 31 overall prospect by Scout.com. He will be making his decision during a 4 p.m. ET press conference at his Moss Point, Miss., High School. The 6-foot-5 guard is considering Kentucky, Michigan, Michigan State and his father's alma mater, Missouri. He took official visits to all four schools.

Blackmon, son of the 1980s UK standout of the same name, is the No. 33 overall player in the senior class. He is set to make his announcement live on ESPNU around 9 p.m. ET. The 6-foot-3 guard from Indiana's Marion High School, a one-time pledge to the Hoosiers, is choosing between UK, Kansas, Indiana, Michigan and Michigan State.

Kentucky currently has two verbal commitments in the Class of 2014: five-star center Karl Towns Jr. of New Jersey and four-star point guard Tyler Ulis of Chicago. The Cats are currently ranked No. 5 in Scout's national team recruiting rankings.


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