UK head coach John Calipari began the day by watching PSA Cardinals teammates Mohamed Bamba and Quade Green show out in a 74-69 win over CIA Bounce. Bamba, a 6-foot-11 center ranked No. 2 in the senior class, scored 20 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and blocked three shots. Green, a 6-foot point guard ranked No. 20 in the senior class, posted 26 points, eight assists and three steals.
Later in the evening session, Green and Bamba combined for another impressive performance in a win over the Spiece Indy Heat. Green tossed in 19 points and dished out eight assists, while Bamba posted eight points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots.
While Calipari was watching the PSA duo in the afternoon session, UK assistant coach Kenny Payne was keeping a close eye on Team Penny teammates John Petty (pictured above) and P.J. Washington on an adjacent court.
Petty, a 6-6 wing ranked No. 28 for 2017, scored 13 points and dished out three assists in the 81-61 win over Pro Skills, featuring recent Western Kentucky commitment Mitchell Robinson. Washington, a 6-8 power forward ranked No. 14 in the senior class, posted a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds. He has been one of the most aggressive glass-cleaners on the EYBL circuit this year.
Robinson, who has also been pursued by UK, is ranked No. 12 nationally. The extremely active 6-foot-11 center had 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots against fellow elite big man and UK 2018 target Marvin Bagley III in his second game of the day.
During the evening session, Petty flirted with a triple-double, posting 14 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in an 81-63 victory over the Albany City Rocks while Calipari watched closely from courtside. Washington added 16 points and nine boards.
Another elite prospect who has drawn constant UK staff attention during the first two days at the Riverview Center is NY Rens wing Hamidou Diallo, the No. 9 prospect in the Class of 2017 and the top-rated shooting guard. Diallo (pictured above) had a pair of nice outings, scoring 19 points in an 88-83 win over CP3 and 17 points (on 8-for-11 FG) in a 77-51 win over Houston Hoops with Calipari courtside.
Many believe Diallo has a chance to be one of the Cats' first commitments in the Class of 2017.
Mokan Elite point guard Trae Young, perhaps UK's top target for 2017 at that key position, poured in 28 points, dished out three assists and recorded four steals in his team's 72-59 win over Expressions Elite as several members of the Wildcats' staff watched. The Norman, Okla., prospect is currently ranked No. 26 in the senior class, but could be poised for a bump after an MVP-caliber showing in the EYBL.
Young followed that up with a 17-point, nine-assist game in the nightcap as Mokan -- Willie Cauley-Stein's old AAU squad -- dispatched Team Takeover 88-72.
Expressions Elite features a pair of UK targets in 6-foot-11 center Nick Richards (pictured below, No. 31 for 2017) and 6-foot point guard Tremont Waters (No. 41 for 2017).
Richards, who has been playing extremely well the first two days at Peach Jam, had a 14-9 game and a 10-16 game. Waters scored 18 points in his first game of the day, but struggled with only nine in the nightcap, going 3-for-11 from the field.
The nation's No. 1 overall prospect, 7-foot center DeAndre Ayton, told AllWildcats earlier on Thursday that UK has been making a hard push back into his recruitment. It's easy to see why. The Bahamas native posted 23 points, 18 rebounds and five blocked shots in a 74-60 win over Phoenix Phamily and Bagley, who had 15 points and seven boards in a good effort. Ayton backed that up with a 24-point, 13-rebound, three-block effort in a 92-88 nightcap win over the St. Louis Eagles.
Many scouts believed Ayton was the best player in the country, regardless of class, last season.null