Mike Pegram, Peegs.com

Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting Notebook

A notebook of items surrounding the University of Kentucky basketball program, including one of the Wildcats' point guard targets coming off the board.

Waters Makes The Call for G-Town

One of UK's three primary targets at the point guard position made his college choice on Wednesday. Four-star West Haven (Conn.) Notre Dame standout Tremont Waters (pictured above) announced his verbal commitment to Georgetown coming off an unofficial visit to the school. He picked the Hoyas over top programs like UK, Indiana and Kansas.

Kentucky had shown strong interest in Waters during the spring and summer AAU circuit and he had visited Lexington last month. However, many recruiting observers believed him to be slotted third at the point guard position on John Calipari's big board behind five-stars Trae Young and Quade Green.

Waters was also the AAU teammate of UK big man target Nick Richards, who has ben considered a strong lean to the Cats.

He was the first commitment for Georgetown coach John Thompson III in the Class of 2017.


Best Bet for Commitment?

A blank page may be the best opportunity for expression... if you're an artist.

For a UK basketball fan, it's a different kind of expression: anxiety.

The Cats are still seeking their first verbal for 2017, which isn't all that unusual given the type of talent that Calipari typically pursues, but tension is mounting after six elite prospects came to town for Big Blue Madness and the Kentucky commitment board remains empty.  

Among the group of players who were in Lexington for BBM -- Mohamed Bamba, Trae Young, P.J. Washington, Kevin Knox, Quade Green and Nick Richards --  many recruiting observers seem to believe Washington is the best bet for the Cats. His father, Paul, was spotted decked out in fresh new UK gear during Madness. A good sign?

The 6-foot-8, 230-pound power forward from Findlay Prep in Nevada recently cut his list to UK, Noth Carolina and Arizona. He was slated to get a visit from UK assistant coach and big man guru Kenny Payne on Wednesday, followed by a trip to Arizona this weekend.

Washington may remind some of a bigger version of UK fan favorite Chuck Hayes. He was one of the top rebounders on the Nike EYBL circuit this summer.


Petty Down To Two

Four-star Huntsville (Ala.) J.O. Johnson shooting guard John Petty announced this week he's down to Kentucky and Alabama, dropping Florida State, UConn and Kansas from consideration.

The 6-foot-5 wing in the mold of former UK standout James Young plans to visit Lexington on the weekend of Oct. 28. He made his official visit to Alabama in August.

Kentucky has long been considered the heavy favorite for his services, but it remains somewhat unclear where Petty ranks on the big board at shooting guard with the Cats also in pursuit of five-stars Hamidou Diallo and Lonnie Walker. 

It may be a long time for Diallo to make his choice (which may even include a jump to the NBA) but Walker is expected to make an early decision. Kentucky, Miami, Arizona, Villanova and Syracuse are the main players for the Pennsylvania star's services. The dominoes could start falling when he makes his choice.


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