Contact period kicks off with Calipari on the road

 Posted by at 11:39 PM on September 9, 2012
Sep 092012

John Calipari was a busy man Sunday.
Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

The first day of the contact period didn’t go according to plan for John Calipari.

The UK coach’s Sunday was supposed to start in Huntington, W.Va., for a visit with Andrew Wiggins, who is regarded by most to be the No. 1 player in high school basketball.

That itinerary changed when Wiggins decided to head home to Canada for the weekend. Huntington Prep coach Rob Fulford told the Herald-Leader on Sunday afternoon that Calipari would come to town sometime later this week, though he didn’t know when. ZagsBlog reported that Florida State, which is thought to be UK’s main competition for Wiggins, will be in Huntington on Monday to see the 2014 recruit. North Carolina was also supposed to watch Wiggins on Sunday, but there was no word on a rescheduled visit from the Heels.

Instead of seeing Wiggins, Calipari and company headed to Houston for an in-home visit with Andrew and Aaron Harrison,’s Evan Daniels reported. Baylor also met with the Harrisons on Sunday, and Maryland, SMU and Villanova will all get their turn with the family by Wednesday. The twins have narrowed their list to those five schools, and are expected to make a decision Oct. 29.

One thing that did go according to plan was Calipari’s in-home visit with elite 2013 recruit Julius Randle. Carolyn Kyles, Randle’s mother, told the Herald-Leader that the family met with UK at 8 p.m. ET after meeting with N.C. State earlier in the day. Randle also has in-home visits scheduled with North Carolina (Sept. 10), Duke (Sept. 11), Kansas (Sept. 12), Oklahoma (Sept. 17), Oklahoma State (Sept. 18), Texas (Sept. 19), Florida (Sept. 20) and Baylor (Sept. 22).

Randle is planning to be in Lexington on Friday so he can attend UK’s Alumni Game in Rupp Arena on Saturday.

In a post on his blog Sunday, Calipari lamented slow ticket sales for the event and seemingly referenced Randle (without mentioning his name, of course).

“Keep in mind that we may have some other special people visiting that weekend who will want to see what the Big Blue Nation is capable of,” Cal’s post said. “We want to continue to show them that you can only do things like this at this level at Kentucky.”

Monday will bring another day of travel for the UK coach. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Calipari cash in that rain check and head to Huntington for a visit with Wiggins.

But that won’t be his only stop.

Calipari tweeted that Monday “will be one of the craziest recruiting days I’ve ever had.” He followed that up by saying that the number of states he will travel to is the same number of first-round draft picks UK had in 2010.

That number is five. And that’s a lot of frequent flyer miles.

So where else might Cal be? Maybe a trip to California to see Aaron Gordon or Marcus Lee? Perhaps he’ll hit Michigan to meet up with James Young? Head over to Illinois, where Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor and Cliff Alexander live? Or maybe a stopover in Indiana to catch up with 2014 stars Trey Lyles and JaQuan Lyle?

We’ll just have to wait and see.


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