Some recruiting stories you might have missed amid the recent Madness …
Aaron Gordon played his final high school game Saturday night. The undecided 2013 prospect and his Archbishop Mitty squad fell to Mater Dei 50-45 in the California state finals. Gordon had 22 points and 20 rebounds in his last game with Mitty. The top-10 recruit will choose among UK, Arizona, Washington and Oregon during next week’s McDonald’s All-American Game. The consensus in recruiting circles is that Gordon, a San Jose native, will stay out West and pick one of the three finalists other than Kentucky. Mater Dei was led by 2014 forward Stanley Johnson, who scored 26 points in the title game and already has a scholarship offer from UK. Gordon and Johnson were teammates last year with the Oakland Soldiers, who won the Peach Jam finals over the summer.
Class of 2014 point guard prospect Tyus Jones went out a winner, leading Apple Valley High School to a Minnesota state title Saturday night. Jones had 26 points, made all 18 of his free-throw attempts, and added 11 rebounds and eight assists in the championship game. Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo was in the stands, making the trip to Minneapolis just hours after his Spartans defeated Memphis in an NCAA Tournament game in Detroit. John Calipari was in Minnesota on Wednesday to see Jones play in an earlier playoff game.
Speaking of Calipari, the UK coach spent most of his weekend on the road. Hei was in Albany, N.Y., on Friday to watch 2014 prospect Isaiah Whitehead play in the New York state tournament. On Sunday, Calipari tweeted a picture of himself in Boston, the hometown of 2014 center Goodluck Okonoboh. No word on whether Calipari was there to see Okonoboh, who attended the UK-Florida game in Rupp Arena earlier this month and is a good friend of UK freshman Nerlens Noel.
Madison Central senior Dominique Hawkins revealed a new offer after tryouts for the Kentucky All-Stars on Saturday. Hawkins told WKYT that Purdue is the latest school to extend him a scholarship offer. The Boilermakers join South Carolina, Western Kentucky, Morehead State, Tennessee Tech and Florida International on the offer list. Hawkins acknowledged that he is willing to wait on an offer from Kentucky.
Emmanuel Owootoah, another in-state point guard, committed to Fresno State over the weekend. Owootoah came to Kentucky from Canada in the fall and played his senior season at Cordia for Coach Rodrick Rhodes. UK assistant Orlando Antigua traveled to Eastern Kentucky to see Owootoah late in the season, but UK never extended an offer.
A couple of high-profile coaches announced big moves Saturday. First, Prestonwood Christian Coach Chris Mayberry told the Dallas Morning News that he will return to his previous school in Orlando. Mayberry coached new UK commitment Julius Randle the past two seasons, and he talked to the Herald-Leader about his star player on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Mike George announced that he is stepping down as head coach of CIA Bounce to pursue a career as an NBA agent. While at CIA Bounce, George coached Andrew Wiggins, Anthony Bennett and several other Canadian stars through the spring/summer circuit.
As for Andrew Wiggins, there’s still no timetable for him to make a college decision. The No. 1 overall recruit for the class of 2013 was on spring break last week and spent much of that time in his native Canada.