2004 Kentucky Basketball Commitments

This is the rundown of the UK Basketball signees and commitments and what kind of players they really are.

Patrick Sparks

Much has been written about Patrick before, but just remember the Western –UK during team turmoil season. Patrick comes to UK after earning all-conference honors at Western. He will have two years of eligibility left beginning in the 2004-2005 season.

He averages 13.6 ppg, 5.9 apg, for the Hilltoppers. He was named 1st team all conference in the Sun Belt. He was MOP of the Sun Belt tournament in 2003. He led Western to the championship of the Sun Belt tournament and a berth in the NCAA tournament. He was among the leaders of the Sun Belt Conference in 5 statistical categories – Assists (1st), steals (3rd) , assist/TO Ratio (3rd), 3pt goals per game (5th), and scoring (14th).

Leading scorer in Kentucky as a senior, 31.4 ppg.

Ramel Bradley

Excellent looking guard prospect. Will take it to the rim and finish in traffic. Runs extremely well. Has fine medium-range perimeter game.

Excellent defender. Loves to talk on the court. Plays defense as hard as he plays offense. Very quick feet, and doesn't rely on his arms to defend the player.

Great passer. Knows where to get the ball at the right time. Doesn't make too many mental errors. Doesn't make many errors at all.

He knows how to go to the rim, he knows how to finish. He has a great game out to 17 ft. he needs to improve on the three, but he isn't a liability.

Adam Williams

One of the best pure athletes in this class. He is also a track star. Can leap out of the gym. Has reported getting close to a 40" vertical. At the camps he was measured at 37".

Excellent Defender. One of Coach Tex Williams pre-requisites, Adam plays the lanes as well as anyone. Knows how to rebound defensively.

Adam has had a great year shooting this season. He is the leading scorer in his conference at 27.8 right now. Had a career high a few weeks ago scoring 41. He has improved his 3 pt shooting and FT shooting.

Excellent and efficient passer. Knows where to get the ball. It is sometimes as simple as that, but Adam KNOWS where to get it. And how to get it there.

Rajon Rondo

Former player from Louisville Eastern HS, now playing for Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, VA. Fantastic guard prospect. He transferred to Oak Hill where he's been the team's MVP. He is tough to guard and gets to the rim. He is having one of the best seasons of anyone in the country.

He has a really nice overall floor game. I've seen him in situations where he's been an effective distributor. He's a good looking prospect. Has a nice mid-range game, and can knock down the three-pointer. He sees the floor very well.

He does need to update muscle to his frame. Chosen by the Associated Press as the Kentucky 2003 POY. He penetrated at will against man-to-man and zone defenses and, although his passes went through some unprepared hands at times he knows where to get the ball.

"Rajon is as good as any point guard we've had here in the past 10 years - including Jeff McInnis, Steve Blake, and even Rod Strickland," Oak Hill Head Coach Steve Smith said "He can create his own shot, make plays for others, and boy can he score."

"He could go for 40 points a night if I let him. I wouldn't trade him for any other point guard in the country. It's easy to see why Coach Smith won't trade away his point guard. Rondo is having a year that merits McDonald's All-American consideration averaging 20.4 points and an amazing 10.1 assists per game. What's more amazing is that his only averaging 12.5 shots per game, and still averaging 20+ points per game.

Joe Crawford

The most complete offensive player in this recruiting class. I said it in August after the camps, and I wont recant. Big-time athlete. Strong. Explosive. Can score from almost anywhere. Out-rebounds taller players. His jump shot extends to beyond the arc, although he needs a little more consistency from three-point land, which he is showing this season.

He is the best finisher in this class. He can score on anyone. He can pull and hit the 14 footer or go to the hole and dunk with anyone.

Plays defense much better this season. He is not relying on his hands, or his arms. He is starting to trust his feet and body to fend off the player. Still needs some work, but he is willing to be taught. And that speaks volumes.

Scores at will, but forces his teammates to help and score also. He is not conceited or arrogant. He is though very confident in his abilities and what he cant do either (which in my eyes isn't much).

He will be a star every year of his life when he plays.

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