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Who will be the next recruit to join John Calipari's 2014 class? Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

Who will be the next high-profile recruit to commit to John Calipari and become part of UK’s 2014 class?
Photo: Mark Cornelison/Herald-Leader

All of John Calipari’s top 2014 recruits took official visits last weekend, so now seems as good a time as any to take a look at where the 247Sports Crystal Ball says they’ll all end up next season.

Calipari’s pool of targets, for now, has been narrowed to James Blackmon Jr., Devin Booker, Stanley Johnson, Trey Lyles, Jahlil Okafor and Myles Turner. Below are the latest predictions for those recruits.

As always, take these predictions with some degree of skepticism. 247Sports national analyst Jerry Meyer explained it well in an interview with the Herald-Leader earlier this year …

“Just because you make a Crystal Ball pick, it doesn’t mean it’s 100 percent you think he’s going there,” Meyer said. “The way I logically process it is, if they made a decision today, this is where I think they would pick.”

Here we go …

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JAMES BLACKMON JR. | SG | No. 31 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is the favorite with 98 percent of the predictions.

The main competition: Michigan — with only one of 40 participants picking the Wolverines.

Meyer’s pick: Kentucky (Aug. 9)

Worth noting: Respected Indiana-based scout N.D. Kendrick switched his pick from Indiana to Kentucky on Monday night. Blackmon was previously committed to the Hoosiers before backing out of that pledge in August.


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DEVIN BOOKER | SG | No. 32 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is the favorite with 84 percent of the predictions.

The main competition: Michigan — with three of 31 participants picking the Wolverines. Missouri is also getting some support

Meyer’s pick: Kentucky (Sept. 9)

Worth noting: John Talty — recruiting writer for Booker’s homestate Clarion Ledger — predicted in June that the Mississippi star would pick Michigan. That’s the earliest pick on Booker’s Crystal Ball page.


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STANLEY JOHNSON | SF | No. 2 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is the second choice with 42 percent of the predictions.

The main competition: Arizona is the favorite with 52 percent of participants picking the Tuscon-based Wildcats.

Meyer’s pick: Kentucky (July 12)

Worth noting: The last six predictions on Johnson’s Crystal Ball page have all been in favor of Arizona. Only three of the last 14 predictions have been for Kentucky.


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TREY LYLES | PF | No. 17 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is the favorite with 83 percent of the predictions.

The main competition: Louisville — the only other school on Lyles’ list — with six of 35 participants picking the Cardinals.

Meyer’s pick: Kentucky (July 13)

Worth noting: Mike Hughes — the 247Sports writer covering U of L — and Indianapolis Star reporter Zach Osterman both predict that Lyles will choose Kentucky.


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JAHLIL OKAFOR | C | No. 6 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is a long shot. No one is predicting that Okafor will commit to Kentucky.

The main competition: Duke is the favorite with 92 percent of participants picking the Blue Devils.

Meyer’s pick: Duke (March 18)

Worth noting: Four of the last five predictions logged for Okafor are in favor of Kansas (though three of those have come from staffers at the Jayhawks’ 247Sports affiliate).


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MYLES TURNER | C | No. 7 overall | Crystal Ball page

Where Kentucky stands:
The Crystal Ball says UK is a long shot. No one is predicting that Turner will commit to Kentucky.

The main competition: Kansas is the favorite with 76 percent of participants picking the Jayhawks.

Meyer’s pick: Texas (Oct. 14)

Worth noting: Meyer started a trend with his Texas pick last week. The last five predictions on Turner’s Crystal Ball page are all in favor of the Longhorns.

MORE: All of Jerry Meyer’s Crystal Ball predictions for 2015

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