On Harrison Eve, Calipari heads to Massachusetts

 Posted by at 2:21 PM on October 3, 2012
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Maryland Coach Mark Turgeon was in Houston having lunch with the family of Andrew and Aaron Harrison on Wednesday, the day before the highly ranked prospects will announce their college decision.

Where was John Calipari? Recruiting in Massachusetts, according to ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein.

Finkelstein tweeted that the UK coach was at Wilbraham & Monson Academy to check out 2014 recruits Goodluck Okonoboh and 2015’s Djery Baptiste and Luis Montero.

Calipari has already made two trips to Houston to see the Harrisons since the contact period began Sept. 9. He’s not expected to make a third visit before Thursday’s announcement.

Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 center from Boston, recently reclassified from 2013. Syracuse and Pittsburgh are among the schools that have offered. He was an AAU and high school teammate of UK freshman Nerlens Noel.

Okonoboh told the Herald-Leader over the summer that he was the one who persuaded Noel to go with his distinctive high-top fade hairdo.

Noel was a 10th-grader and Okonoboh a ninth-grader. Okonoboh, who wore his hair in an outsized Afro style, said he was going to get it cut into a high-top fade.

“I don’t know if you should do that,” Noel advised.

As it turned out Okonoboh persuaded Noel to get the same haircut, which has become a signature style for the UK player-to-be.

“He ended up loving it,” Okonoboh said. “He’s never going to get it cut.”

Baptiste, a 6-10 center from Haiti, was recently listed as the No. 15 player in the class by NBE Basketball Report.

Montero is a 6-7 point guard (!) from the Dominican Republic, which Calipari already has obvious ties to. He’s still a bit of an unknown in the States, but could end up being one of the top players in the class. You can watch him in the video above.


  2 Responses to “On Harrison Eve, Calipari heads to Massachusetts”

  1. If uk can get these recruits along with julious randle and James young they will be almost unstoppable especially if they Andrew wiggins reclassifies but I hope he doesn’t bc I don’t think they need him for the 2013-2014 season but they will need him in the 2014-2015 season

  2. Here’s a thought. The twins are committing now, instead of late October, 1) to be the first at UK, and 2) to influence James Young to also commit to UK. The twins are aware James is close and ready and want to ensure he, too, will be a wildcat. What better way for these two to ensure a talent laden team then to commit early.

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