Tokoto Takes in Bluegrass Battle

It's not often that a top five player can sneak onto campus for a visit, even it that player is only in tenth grade. But J.P. Tokoto visited Lexington with little fanfare. His AAU coach, Ritchie Davis talked about his star's visit.

Kentucky only has one player committed and signed to the Wildcats in the 2010 class, Stacey Poole Jr. However, the Wildcats are already working on a player to come in two classes later and be a part of the program.

J.P. Tokoto, Scout's top small forward in the 2012 class, took an unofficial visit to Kentucky this weekend and came away impressed according to Wisconsin Playground Warriors coach Ritchie Davis. "He enjoyed it," said Davis. "It was a 26 hour round trip for his family. They drove down from suburban Milwaukee to Lexington. The got a tour and got to see the facilities," said Davis.

So what did Tokoto take from the rivalry match-up between Kentucky and Louisville? "J.P. thought the atmosphere was electric. He said the atmosphere was incredible."

Tokoto also had some observations about how the Wildcats play the game under Calipari. "The freedom that coach Calipari allowed his guys to have within the offense was a pleasant surprise," said Davis.

Tokoto, being a top five player, is obviously being courted by several schools, including Kentucky. Some of the other schools are Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, Marquette, Tennessee, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

"Several staff members have made it a point to get up and see him play during open gyms," said Davis. "Kansas has been up a few times. Duke has been up a few times. The North Carolina staff has been there the most," said Davis. "Kentucky has not come once. That was interesting," said Davis. However the Wildcats have made a decision to come up there in the future.

"Before J.P. and his family decided to make the trip down to Lexington, coach (Tony) Delk and coach Orlando (Antigua) both said they would have staff members up in January," Davis said.

Tokoto, at 6-foot-6, 190-pounds is already physically gifted as a player, but he's still working hard to become a better prospect. "He's a very athletic kid. That's the first thing you understand about him," said Davis. "He's got a solid background playing soccer when he was young, so he's got really good footwork."

"He wants to keep getting better in all facets of the game here. Most importantly, he needs to put in time in his ball-handling. He wants to tighten things up. He also wants to improve his perimeter shooting outside of 15 or 16 feet," Davis finished.

Tokoto won't be making a decision anytime in the near future. "He doesn't have a leader," said Davis. "It's really early in the process. As a result, he's trying to build relationships with people."


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