It’s Madness: All the recruits Calipari has hosted

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Oct 172013
 
UK Coach John Calipari will enjoy his fifth Big Blue Madness on Friday night. Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

UK Coach John Calipari will enjoy his fifth Big Blue Madness on Friday night.
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Big Blue Madness was a big deal before John Calipari got to Lexington in 2009. It’s safe to say the UK head coach has taken it to another level.

Friday night will mark Calipari’s fifth Big Blue Madness at Kentucky, and he’s hosted some of the nation’s top recruits along the way. Here’s a rundown of every prospect who has been in Rupp Arena since Calipari took over four years ago. We’ll start with the guys confirmed to be in town this weekend …

2013: Year Five

Karl Towns* (senior): Metuchen, N.J., center will be in Rupp Arena for his second Madness at UK, but first since he committed to the Wildcats. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 10 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Tyler Ulis* (senior): Chicago point guard is attending Madness a month after his commitment to UK. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 29 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Stanley Johnson (senior): Fullerton, Calif., small forward is making his first visit to UK for Madness. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Trey Lyles (senior): Indianapolis power forward will attend Madness for the second year in a row — this time on an official visit. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

James Blackmon Jr. (senior): Marion, Ind., shooting guard will be back in Lexington for the second time since decommitting from Indiana. His father played for UK in the 1980s and experienced four midnight madness events in Lexington. Scout.com ranks Blackmon as the No. 56 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Eric Davis (junior): Saginaw, Mich., guard is making his first visit to UK. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 22 overall prospect in the Class of 2015.

Harry Giles (sophomore): Winston-Salem, N.C., power forward already has an offer from Kentucky. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

Quentin Goodin (sophomore): Campbellsville, Ky., point guard will visit Madness, making his second trip to UK in the past month. He was also in town for an unofficial visit in September. Scout.com ranks him as a three-star prospect.

Joshua Langford (sophomore): Madison, Ala., shooting guard is the No. 14 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, per Scout.com.

Kobi Simmons (sophomore): Alpharetta, Ga., shooting guard also visited UK for the Alumni Charity Game earlier this year. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

Jayson Tatum (sophomore): St. Louis small forward is high on UK’s wish list and was the first player in the class to get a confirmed scholarship offer from the Cats. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 4 overall prospect in the Class of 2016.

Brian Bowen (freshman): Saginaw, Mich., small forward is a teammate of 2015 guard Eric Davis and considered one of the best freshmen in the country.

2012: Year Four

Andrew Harrison* (senior): Richmond, Texas, point guard made his second straight visit to Big Blue Madness. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 5 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.

Aaron Harrison* (senior): Richmond, Texas, shooting guard made his second straight visit to Big Blue Madness. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.

James Young* (senior): Detroit-area wing made the visit to Madness just a few days after announcing his commitment to Kentucky. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 11 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.

Derek Willis* (senior): Mt. Washington, Ky., forward had been committed to Kentucky for nearly a year when he made the trip to Madness. Scout.com ranked him as a three-star prospect.

Marcus Lee^ (senior): Antioch, Calif., power forward made his first visit to Lexington for Big Blue Madness. He committed to the Wildcats six days later. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 24 overall prospect in the Class of 2013.

Karl Towns^ (junior): see above

Trey Lyles (junior): see above

JaQuan Lyle (junior): Evansville, Ind., guard did not have a UK offer when he attended Big Blue Madness. Lyle committed to Louisville earlier this year before backing out of that pledge a few weeks later. He remains uncommitted but UK is not involved in his recruitment. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 16 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

Cliff Alexander (junior): Chicago power forward was one of UK’s top targets at the time of his visit. The Cats are no longer involved in his recruitment. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 5 overall prospect in the Class of 2014.

2011: Year Three

Archie Goodwin* (senior): Little Rock, Ark., shooting guard was the only UK commitment among seven visitors for Big Blue Madness two years ago. He averaged 14.1 points as a freshman before being selected with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He’s now a rookie with the Phoenix Suns. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 14 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Willie Cauley-Stein^ (senior): Olathe, Kan., center committed to UK a little more than two weeks after visiting for Madness. He averaged 8.3 points and 6.2 rebounds as a freshman last season and will be a sophomore at Kentucky this season. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 48 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Dajuan Coleman (senior): Syracuse, N.Y., post player committed to the hometown Orange less than two weeks after visiting Lexington for Madness. He averaged 4.8 points and 4.0 rebounds as a freshman last season and will be a sophomore at Syracuse this season. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 19 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Shabazz Muhammad (senior): Las Vegas small forward was one of the most high-profile Madness visitors in the Calipari era. He eventually committed to UCLA after his senior season. Muhammad averaged 17.9 points as a freshman before being selected with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. He’s now a rookie with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Alex Poythress^ (senior): Clarksville, Tenn., forward committed to UK less than a month after visiting for Madness. He averaged 11.2 points and 6.0 rebounds as a freshman last season and will be a sophomore at Kentucky this season. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2012.

Andrew Harrison^ (junior): see above

Aaron Harrison^ (junior): see above

2010: Year Two

Anthony Davis* (senior): Chicago post player was already committed at the time of his Madness visit. He averaged 14.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, blocked 186 shots and won several National Player of the Year honors as a freshman before being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s in his second season with the New Orleans Pelicans. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2011.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist* (senior): Elizabeth, N.J., forward was already committed at the time of his Madness visit. He averaged 11.9 points and 7.4 rebounds as a freshman before being selected with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s in his second season with the Charlotte Bobcats. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 6 overall prospect in the Class of 2011.

Marquis Teague* (senior): Indianapolis point guard was already committed at the time of his Madness visit. He averaged 10.0 points and 4.8 assists as a freshman before being selected with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He’s in his second season with the Chicago Bulls. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 8 overall prospect in the Class of 2011.

Kyle Wiltjer* (senior): Portland, Ore., forward was already committed at the time of his Madness visit. He averaged 5.0 points as a freshman and 10.2 points as a sophomore before announcing that his transfer to Gonzaga. He will have two years of eligibility with the Bulldogs. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 24 overall prospect in the Class of 2011.

2009: Year One

Tobias Harris (senior): Glen Head, N.Y., forward committed to Tennessee about a month after his Madness visit. Harris averaged 15.3 points and 7.3 rebounds as a freshman before being selected with the No. 19 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He’s now with the Orlando Magic. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2010.

Kyrie Irving (senior): Elizabeth, N.J., point guard committed to Duke less than a week after his Madness visit. Harris averaged 17.5 points and 4.3 assists in an injury-filled freshman season before being selected with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. He was an All-Star last year and is in his third season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Scout.com ranked him as the No. 2 overall prospect in the Class of 2010.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist^ (junior): see above

Achraf Yacoubou (junior): Brookville, N.Y., shooting guard committed to Villanova less than a week after his Madness visit. He averaged less than 3 points a game in both of his seasons with the Wildcats before transferring to Saint Louis earlier this year. Scout.com ranked him as a three-star prospect.

*-Committed to UK before visit | ^-Committed to UK after visit

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