UK Targets at Boo Williams

The AAU season got started this weekend with a bang in Hampton (Va.). The Boo Williams Invitational, which is loaded year in and year out, consisted of a number of the top Nike teams in the country.

The AAU season got started this weekend with a bang in Hampton (Va.). The Boo Williams Invitational, which is loaded year in and year out, consisted of a number of the top Nike teams in the country.

Among the possible Kentucky targets in attendance were Michael Gilchrist, Rakeem Christmas, Doron Lamb, Will Barton and plenty of others.

Will Barton may have improved his stock more than anyone this week. The 6-foot-6 versatile wing played some on and off the ball. He's really equipped to score, can really shoot it from long range when he gets it going and has great vision, especially in the open court. He had a great relationship with Calipari's staff at Memphis and I have a feeling they'll be all over him at Kentucky.

Rakeem Christmas, a 6-foot-9 2011 prospect, was dominate at times on the defensive end. He contests everything and must have had a dozens blocks in the first game I watched him on Friday afternoon. Still a long ways to go in his recruitment, but Calipari, when he was at Memphis, was heavily involved.

Michael Gilchrist, who may be the top player in the 2011 class, certainly had his moments this weekend. At 6-foot-7 he can really score, has the ability to score attacking from the perimeter or playing inside and is an extremely versatile prospect. He had a moment on Sunday as well. He hit a buzzer beater from half court to send Team Final to the championship game of the event.

Although I didn't watch him, I know Doron Lamb is a guy that this new staff may target. He's a skilled 6-foot-5 wing out of Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill. He got loose on Saturday and brought the Gauchos from way back. He's tough to handle offensively. He's not super quick or even a great athlete, but his overall skill set and ability to score is impressive.


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