With Tobias Harris apparently being recruited by Kentucky as a perimeter oriented player the number of top post prospects being recruited by John Calipari and his Kentucky staff are few in number.
Leading the way among the post players being targeted by the Wildcats are Word of God power forward C.J. Leslie and Dayton, Ohio's Adreian Payne.
When KSR's Ron Ball evaluated Payne in Orlando recently he noted that Adreian was able to hit the outside jumper, but inflicted most of his pain (pun intended) on opponents "from around and above the rim."
Recent rumors proclaimed a Payne commitment was imminent, but thus far those rumors have not come to fruition. When Payne visited Lexington he planned a summer decision, with summer now dwindling a summer decision may not be in the offing.
C.J. Leslie has a big time rep as a player. Early in July Scout's Dave Telep said of Leslie, "No matter the venue, Leslie is always one of the most talented guys in the building."
Telep gave this evaluation of the lithe post player, "Around the rim he's a quicker leaper than his peers and has superior touch. On defense he chases blocks and has the ability to transport the ball end to end."
Those are strong words of praise by Telep.
Leslie played his high school ball with current Kentucky freshman John Wall. Having Wall on the roster may not be an advantage for Kentucky in this instance, as Wall is not expected to be a Wildcat for more than a single season, as the NBA awaits for the youngster.
Additional big men may populate Calipari's wish list, but those appear to be the two primary targets at this point in time.
One time verbal commitment Dominique Ferguson shocked many people by committing to Zeke's Florida International squad recently. This may not be as shocking as it appears on the surface, as programs like Kentucky and Indiana appear to have had waning interest in Ferguson as the summer progressed.
Calipari's post prospects a short list
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