During the summer, Doron Lamb took an unofficial visit with his family to Kentucky. This weekend, the 6-foot-4 New York raised guard who plays his high school ball at Mouth of Wilson (Va.) Oak Hill will be back in town with his family. This time, however, Lamb will be taking an official visit after visiting Kansas and Oklahoma earlier in October.
According to Lamb's father, Calvin, they are taking the visit just like they have others.
"We taking it just like we're going for the first time," said the elder Lamb of the visit. "Maybe we missed something the first time around. We know how the place looks, but we'll ask the same questions in case we missed something. Just pick up where we left off."
What stood out the most during Lamb's first visit was the support for the basketball program. In fact, Mr. Lamb had to check with his son to make sure he was ready to play in such a big time environment. Whether it be at Kentucky or another hoops power.
"They love basketball a lot down there," said Lamb. "The first time we went there I looked at Doron and asked him if he wants this. He said I want it. When he said that I just knew that he could play anywhere."
"There's no program that is too big for him. He can play with anybody. He can be a star or a role player. He's versatile."
Although he was raised in New York, Lamb isn't necessarily attached to staying home for college. If anything, spending two years at famed Oak Hill under the tutelage of Steve Smith will make it easier for him to make the transition to a school away from home.
"Being away from home, being more responsible and not depending on people to do things. Doron is already used to that," Lamb told Kentucky Sports Report. "A lot of people when they go to college, they've never been away so I think he'll be fine wherever he goes."
Among the areas of the Kentucky program that are attractive to Lamb are the facilities, current team and tradition. However, the biggest selling point looks to be the man running the program.
"For some people it's a dream for (John Calipari) to coach you," Lamb said of the Kentucky boss. "He's coached a lot of pros and is a bit of a household name with the young guys. I'm not saying Bill Self isn't on that level and Jeff Capel is on his way there, but he seems like he's been there longer I guess."
Looking ahead, the elder Lamb isn't quite sure when his son will make a decision. While Kentucky, Kansas and Oklahoma have been the publicly reported leaders, Mr. Lamb didn't want to close the door on potential visits to Arizona, Connecticut and St. John's while indicating that his son's recruitment could stretch into the spring.
"I don't think he's going to make the early signing period," said Lamb. "I think he might commit right after, but he probably won't sign will until late."