Madness To Feature Important Visitors

Since John Calipari's arrival at Kentucky, there hasn't been much about coverage of the hoops program that hasn't been borderline excessive. So why not keep up the trend with Midnight Madness festivities? KSR's Eric Bossi takes another look at this weekend's expected hoops visitors.

This evening, ravenous Kentucky fans will finally get a look at their newly reshaped Wildcats as the John Calipari era officially kicks off with Midnight Madness. While Rupp Arena will be filled with more than 20,000 screaming faithful, there will also be a select group of key Kentucky recruits, including touted forward Tobias Harris, on hand to take in the festivities.

A Look At This Evening's Visitors

Tobias Harris- The highly regarded combo forward from New York is perhaps the class of 2010's most traveled visitor. Taking an already solid reputation to the next level, Harris was one of the summer's top performers as he re-shaped his body and game. At 6-foot-8, he's a natural four man who has developed the skills to play out on the wing making him one of the more versatile players in the country.

C.J. Leslie- Much like Harris, the North Carolina native is an extremely versatile kid. Checking in at nearly 6-foot-9, Leslie is one of the top overall athletes in the country and has ridiculous body control given his size. A bouncy inside/out guy, Leslie is amongst the most physically gifted guys but has struggled at times with consistency.

Kyrie Irving- Kentucky has a nice tie-in here as Irving's godfather is assistant coach Rod Strickland. Considered by many to be a Duke lean, the Wildcats are excited to put their best foot forward with the polished 6-foot-2 point guard. A natural scorer who doesn't need a lot of shots, Irving has the tools to develop into an impact player in college and beyond.

Stacey Poole- Already a Kentucky commit, there's little doubt that Poole will be doing all he can to talk some of the talented visitors into joining him. A powerful and athletic wing, Poole is a slashing 6-foot-4 scorer who can get to the rim.

Michael Gilchrist- This class of 2011 stud just might be the top player in the country regardless of class. Along with tremendous athleticism, the 6-foot-7 wing has an unmatched competitive drive on the floor. He makes plays at the rim, he makes plays in transition and has developed into a scorer as well as just an athlete. He's a high school teammate of Irving's and UK's top target in 2011.

Achraf Yacoubou- He might not be as celebrated or hyped as some of the other Madness visitors, but the burly 6-foot-3 scorer is a talent in his own right. One of the premier net strippers in the class of 2011, he's capable of draining jumpers out to 24 feet with ease. Off the dribble, he uses his strong shoulders to clear space and shed defenders.


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