The third and final July live recruiting period starts Wednesday at 5 p.m., and UK’s top basketball targets will be primarily divided between two locations — Las Vegas and Orlando.
John Calipari has been in Las Vegas for much of the week watching some of his former players at the Team USA mini-camp, and it’s likely he will stay to see some future stars at various Vegas events.
Here’s a list of the UK recruits playing in Las Vegas this week: Karl Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, Stanley Johnson, Jahlil Okafor, Cliff Alexander, Rashad Vaughn, Josh Perkins, Myles Turner, Craig Victor, Malik Newman, Stephen Zimmerman, Charles Matthews and Carlton Bragg.
UK assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne will also likely be on the trail this week. One of them could start at the AAU Super Showcase in Orlando, the other big event of the final July period.
A list of the UK targets in Orlando: Tyus Jones, Devin Booker, Justise Winslow, Kelly Oubre, Luke Kennard and Skal Labissiere.
Class of 2015 targets Derrick Jones and Montaque Gill-Caesar will be playing at an event in Atlantic City.
Indianapolis forward Trey Lyles is the only upperclassmen with a UK offer who is not playing this week. His father told the Herald-Leader on Wednesday that Lyles will return for next week’s event in Los Angeles. He recently played with the Team Canada under-19 squad in Europe before traveling to South Carolina for Nike Peach Jam.