2 surprises from the first evaluation period

During the first evaluation period Kentucky coach John Calipari and his staff followed all the usual suspects. The Kentucky staff did have two surprises on their evaluation lists that Kentucky fans likely were not expecting.

During the first July evaluation period Kentucky's John Calipari and his staff evaluated two prospects that may have surprised some UK fans.

The two prospects were power forward Tobias Harris, of Dix Hills, NY, and wing Cameron Clark, of Sherman, TX.

Clark reports an offer from Kentucky. He told Scout's Evan Daniels that Kentucky, Arizona, Arizona State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State are recruiting him the hardest rights now.

Daniels wrote of 6-6 Clark, "After seeing Clark at three different events in the past month, we're starting to get a pretty good feel for his game. As the summer has progressed his confidence has grown and he's become a more consistent scorer. Offensively his game starts from mid-range, where he loves pulling up off two dribbles for a jumper. From long range he's a pretty good off the catch shooter, despite a slightly slow release. He'll need to get stronger to finish better at the rim, but that is something that will come with time."

The 6-8 Harris gave Scout's Evan Daniels a list that included Kentucky and a host of others including Connecticut, Syracuse, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Louisville, Tennessee, Memphis, Florida, Maryland, Virginia and Pittsburgh.

Dave Telep gave him impressions of Harris after watching him play on the first day of the Peach Jam. Telep wrote, "There's a direct correlation between his rise as a player and the development of his body. Harris thrust himself into all-america contention and he's done it because he's more mobile. The toning of his body has allowed for the expansion of his game and he's turned himself into a face up forward who can create, score it a bunch of ways and rebound. He's got so many ways to beat you he's now an extremely dangerous weapon. He went off Sunday night (again)."

After a win over Boo Williams in the Peach Jam, Daniels said of Harris, "(Tobias) went about his business scoring a number of buckets off drives to the rim and in the paint. His mobility has improved and he's got great touch around the basket."

Will there be any surprise recruits or guys that suddenly burst onto the scene in the second evaluation period? Stay tuned to KSR to find out. We will have Ron "Doc" Ball covering a pair of events in Orlando, including the AAU Nationals. Steve "Rainman" John will be covering a trio of events out in Las Vegas, where the action is sure to be HOT.

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