Apr 272014
 
John Calipari

John Calipari

UK Coach John Calipari stayed in California on Saturday to take in more of the first Nike EYBL stop, which included many of the top high school recruits in the country.

Among the players Calipari watched Saturday were Ivan Rabb and Stephen Zimmerman — two of the top big men in the class of 2015 — and Jayson Tatum and Quentin Goodin, two AAU teammates who are among Kentucky’s top targets in 2016.

Calipari also saw 2015’s Montaque Gill-Caesar, Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant, as well as 2016 star Dedric Lawson. Likely UK assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen also watched Bryant and Diallo, a player he built a great relationship with while an assistant coach at Pittsburgh.

The EYBL event in Sacramento also includes UK’s only commitment so far for 2015 — Chicago guard Charles Matthews. The Meanstreets star has averaged 14.0 points and 7.7 rebounds in three games so far this weekend (one win and two losses).

Calipari will head to Texas on Sunday to catch the end of the adidas event in Dallas, where 2015 targets Carlton Bragg and Jaylen Brown, among others, have been playing this weekend.

UK assistant coach John Robic was at that event Saturday after spending Friday night recruiting in Pittsburgh. Robic watched Bragg, who threw down a windmill dunk in one of his games Saturday.

Brown had a big day with Robic in town. The small forward from Georgia recorded 37 points and 15 rebounds in one game. He got an in-home visit from UK assistant coach Kenny Payne last Sunday.

Class of 2016 targets Thon Maker, Josh Langford and Kobi Simmons are also in Dallas this weekend.

Payne watched top UK target Malik Newman in Kansas City for the second day in a row. Newman made a couple of passes that went straight to YouTube on Saturday: One full-court pass to Terrance Ferguson (a possible UK target in 2016). The other one was an alley-oop that Ferguson slammed home.

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