CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Two years ago, John Calipari took time out of his schedule to check out a freshman phenom from his old hometown — Memphis forward Leron Black.
Ever since, Black’s name has been consistently mentioned as a possible UK target for 2014. But don’t expect to see him in Lexington next fall.
Black mentioned almost a dozen schools Thursday when he was asked about his recruitment, and Kentucky wasn’t on the list.
“I never talked to anybody from Kentucky,” he later told the Herald-Leader.
The 6-foot-7, 200-pound forward had been mentioned as a possible UK recruit based primarily on the buzz generated by Calipari’s visit and a trip Black later took to Lexington.
He said he was accompanied by his former AAU coach on that unofficial visit to UK, and nothing ever came of it.
Black — rated among the top 20 players in the class of 2014 by Rivals and Scout — committed to Baylor last September before decommitting in January. Kentucky was often mentioned as a possible player when he re-opened his recruitment, but he reiterated that he hasn’t heard from anyone at UK.
The Cats might not be interested, but there are plenty of other major programs lining up for Black’s commitment.
He said Indiana, Illinois, Florida, UConn and Ohio State are the schools coming after him the hardest. Louisville also offered a few weeks ago.
Black said he plans to take some official visits in the fall, but has no timetable for narrowing his list or making a final decision.