Calipari pursuing top post targets

Kentucky's 2009 recruiting class included two of the nation's top three players, three of the top 17, and five of the top forty-five; as ranked by Scout. Calipari's MO for 2010 appears to be to build on that #1 class, as he pursues a number of the nation's best post players

Kentucky's John Calipari will be losing Perry Stevenson, and most assuredly junior Patrick Patterson, and could lose one of its touted freshman big men as well. That places Kentucky in a position of need in the front court, and Coach Cal appears to be targeting a number of the nation's top available post players.

Power forward C.J. Leslie is one of the top twenty post players Kentucky is pursuing. Leslie, Scout's #13 player, played with John Wall last season at Durham, NC's Word of God. Leslie was a one time commit for N.C. State, but has opened things up. The athletic, quick leaper recently informed Scout's Dave Telep that Kentucky, Florida and UNC are recruiting him the hardest.

Scout's #15 player, Dayton's athletic center Adreian Payne, possesses a long wingspan. Payne had a big time NBA camp in June. During the camp Payne faced off against Fab Melo, with each player getting an opportunity to showcase some of their skills. Payne's list has included Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Xavier, Dayton, and Michigan State. Payne visited Lexington in May and plans a summer decision. Should Kentucky land Payne the lane area at Rupp Arena could be appropriately dubbed the "Lane of Payne", as the young man will dunk on opponents on the offensive end, and has the wingspan to be a great defender on the opponents end of the floor.

One time Kentucky commitment 6-9 Dominique Ferguson, Scout's #16 player, continues to consider the Wildcats, and the Wildcats apparently continue to recruit the Indianapolis power forward. The injured big man is also being recruited by Indiana, Louisville, Wake Forest, Texas, DePaul, Tennessee, Arizona, Duke, West Virginia and Oklahoma. Ferguson's recruitment has been somewhat confusing, to say the least, as he seems to run hot and cold with different schools as he recovers from a knee injury.


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