Kentucky Wildcats Basketball Recruiting Notebook - Nov. 2

Breaking down the recent storylines involving some of the top basketball prospects on the Kentucky Wildcats' recruiting board...

Diallo Trims List

The big news from Tuesday was that the nation's top shooting guard, five-star New York City native Hamidou Diallo, has trimmed his considerable list down to six schools, including Kentucky.

The Wildcats are joined on his final list by Arizona, UConn, Indiana, Kansas, and Syracuse. 

This may be the last movement on Diallo for quite some time. The 6-foot-6 wing does not intend to make a decision until the spring signing period. He has no current plans for official visits, and he's even entertaining the idea of making the jump straight to the NBA since he graduated from high school last year and is currently a fifth-year prep school player.

Diallo has taken multiple unofficial visits to UConn and Syracuse, according to Evan Daniels, Scout's National Director of Basketball Recruiting.

Cats Offer Former Gator Verbal

Kentucky made the move to officially offer Shai Gilgeous-Alexander after assistant coach Joel Justus made a recent scouting trip to see the one-time Florida verbal commitment. According to published reports that first appeared from Chris Fisher of The Cats' Pause, Calipari followed up with an offer this week.

The four-star combo guard from Ontario, Canada, currently plays at Hamilton Heights Christian in Chattanooga, Tenn. He has been looking at a new list of schools that includes UK, Florida, NC State, UNLV, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Syracuse.

The ultra-long 6-foot-5, 185-pound Alexander could be viewed as a nice complement to some of the other guards that the Cats are recruiting in the 2017 class. UK will likely lose five guards at the end of the 2016-17 season with De'Aaron Fox, Malik Monk and Isaiah Briscoe in line for NBA looks and seniors Dominique Hawkins and Mychal Mulder wrapping up their eligibility.

Alexander would form a nice combo with five-star Norman (Okla.) point guard Trae Young or five-star Philadelphia point guard Quade Green.

Knox Visits Duke

Five-star Tampa (Fla.) small forward Kevin Knox wrapped up an official visit to Duke over the weekend. 

According to a report from Adam Zagoria from, Knox said that legendary Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski compared him to former Duke standout Grant Hill and current Indiana Pacers star Paul George, who was part of Coach K's gold medal U.S. Olympic team in Rio.

Duke was the first official visit for Knox, who was in Lexington for an unofficial at Big Blue Madness. He's also slated to make official visits with Florida State (Jan. 7), UK (Jan 28) and North Carolina (Feb. 4).

Kentucky Backcourt Targets on Visits

The player thought to be UK's top point guard target in the senior class, Trae Young, was on a visit to Oklahoma State this past weekend. The 2016 Nike EYBL Co-MVP is thought to be focused on UK, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Meanwhile, defending national champion Villanova played host to five-star point guard Quade Green and five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker during its version of "Midnight Madness." It does not appear that any of the three players made decisions after their trips, although it's been rumored that Green may decide during the early signing period.

Expect Quiet Fall Period for Cats

The fall signing period opens a week from Wednesday, but don't expect to hear much on the UK front.

Most of the elite players the Cats are pursuing have stated they'll be waiting until the spring to make their decisions. At this point, it would come as a significant surprise if there are any Big Blue signings to announce next week, with the possible exception of Alexander.

It's not an unusual position for college basketball's power players. Duke currently has only one commitment, and Kansas, like UK, has none. 

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