Some notes from the last couple of days …
UK signee Devin Booker continued to score at an impressive rate, putting up 80 points over two games Friday and Saturday — one win and one loss. Booker scored 35 points in Friday’s victory, his first game since scoring 40 points in a loss to Ballard at the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Dec. 7. On Saturday, Booker scored a season-high 45 points. It was his seventh 40-point game since moving to Mississippi as a sophomore.
Fellow UK signee Trey Lyles also saw his first action since the Marshall County Hoop Fest. The 6-foot-10 senior had 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists in Friday’s impressive 68-38 victory over Cathedral, a runner-up in last season’s state playoffs. Lyles’ next game will be against Huntington Prep on Thursday. That contest will be shown live on ESPN at 9:30 p.m.
UK’s other two signees — Tyler Ulis and Karl Towns Jr. — did not have games over the weekend. Both will next play Friday, which will mark the season opener for Towns.
Two of UK’s most-immediate recruiting targets — Montaque Gill-Caesar and Myles Turner — also had big games. Gill-Caesar scored 10 points (and had two nice alley-oop finishes) on Friday and then scored 21 points Saturday. There is still no timetable for his possible move to the Class of 2014. Turner put up 31 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks in a victory Friday night.
Class of 2015 target Luke Kennard couldn’t match his 51-point performance from last week, but he still put up some impressive numbers this weekend. Kennard scored 45 points Friday night and then had 33 points, eight rebounds and eights assists Saturday. His Franklin (Ohio) team is off to a 4-0 start with an average victory margin of 29.3 points. Kennard is averaging 40.8 points per game.
Harry Giles — considered the No. 1 recruit in the Class of 2016 — was in the crowd for UK’s loss at North Carolina on Saturday. The Winston-Salem, N.C., native visited Lexington for Big Blue Madness in October. UK, Duke and UNC have all offered scholarships and are widely viewed as the early favorites for the 6-10 power forward.
Findlay Prep shooting guard Rashad Vaughn said over the weekend that he will cut his list to five schools sometime this week. The five-star prospect from the Class of 2014 is currently considering UK, Iowa State, UNLV, North Carolina, Minnesota, Kansas, Arizona and Baylor.
The UK football team had its big weekend of official visits, with the majority of its commitments for the Class of 2014 coming to campus at the same time. The only uncommitted senior among the official visitors were John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam, who arrived in Lexington on Friday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon. Elam is still scheduled to announce his college decision Jan. 4. He is not expected to take any more official visits and will pick either UK, Alabama or Notre Dame.
Cleveland offensive lineman Ja’Merez Bowen was expected to take an official visit to UK over the weekend, but he did not make the trip. He is still planning to visit UK before making a college decision.
South Carolina wide receiver Blake Bone was among the UK commitments who didn’t make it to Lexington. Bone stayed home to participate in festivities related to the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas all-star game. While at that event, he talked to Rivals.com about his senior season, his future at UK and his fellow commitments, including Drew Barker. Watch that video right here.
The other four wide receivers in UK’s recruiting class were in town for their official visits. Thaddeus Snodgrass tweeted out this picture, which shows Dorian Baker, Snodgrass, T.V. Williams and Garrett Johnson in the UK locker room.