Here is a brief rundown of what we believe are Kentucky's top five prospects for the 2010 class.
Brandon Knight - 6-3 175 Pine Crest SChool Fort Lauderdale FL
Kentucky landed the top point guard in the 2009 class in John Wall. Even before Wall became a Wildcat, Kentucky also reeled in another top notch point guard in Eric Bledsoe. But that won't stop coach Calipari from recruiting 2010's top point guard in Brandon Knight. Wall is expected to go pro after his freshman and there will be room for another point guard to play with Bledsoe. Knight fits that billing. A physical guard, Knight uses his power to get into the lane and finish against larger defenders. He also has the ability to knock down the outside shot. Knight's suiters are a who's who of college basketball. Along with Kentucky, there's Connecticut, Florida, Duke, Syracuse, UCLA, Kansas and Texas to name a few. Expect Knight's recruitment to last into the spring.
Doron Lamb - 6-4 175 Oak Hill Academy Mouth of Wilson VA
Kentucky's largest hole on the roster appears to be at shooting guard. Jodie Meeks' departure to the NBA left a gap that wasn't filled in the 2009 class. Doron Lamb is one prospect that will have an opportunity to fill that void. Lamb is highly regarded as a scorer. He can make the outside shot, but his bread and butter lies with the mid-range shot. Lamb visited Kentucky in late June. The Wildcats are thought to be the leader, but Lamb is still open and considering Oklahoma, UConn, Marquette and Louisville.
Jelan Kendrick - 6-6 185 Westlake High Atlanta GA
Jelan Kendrick is a high ranking target of the current and the previous Wildcat staffs. Kendrick's combination of size and passing make him a highly versatile prospect capable of playing any position on the perimeter. The Atlanta prospect has seen his stock rise dramatically and with the rise in stock has come a rise in attention from college prospects. Kendrick doesn't publically list his schools at this point. He's hearing from Kentucky Georgia Tech, Georgetown, Tennessee, Texas and many others. Kendrick plans to trim his list before he begins his senior year.
Adreian Payne - 6-10 215 Jefferson High Dayton OH
Coach Calipari's system requires athletic big men who play above the rim. Payne absolutely fits that mold. His ability to rebound and defend the post makes him a prospect that the Wildcats staff have shown quite a bit of interest too. Payne has taken a visit to Kentucky this past spring and lists the Wildcats with Michigan State, West Virginia, Arizona, Xavier, Ohio State, Kansas and Florida. Payne and players like him will be very important to the UK class this year, as Patrick Patterson and DeMarcus Cousins are expected to take the the leap to the NBA after next season.
C.J. Leslie - 6-8 185 Word of God Christian Academy Raleigh NC
Leslie, a former teammate of John Wall, is very high on UK. Leslie has plans to visit Kentucky this summer and has had Wall and UK coaches in his ear. The number three rated power forward thinks highly of the Wildcats an the feeling is mutual. Leslie is long and athletic. He runs the floor well and finishes in the paint. Leslie also shoots the ball well from ther perimeter. Leslie has yet to narrow his list down, he is likely to include the Wildcats among his leaders until the end. Others thought to be involved are North Carolina, UConn, Wake Forest, Florida, Maryland and Oregon.
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