College basketball coaches go back on the road starting Tuesday, and UK’s John Calipari won’t be wasting any time with his top recruiting targets for the class of 2015.
Calipari is expected to visit Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman — arguably his top two immediate targets — on the first day of the fall recruiting period.
Brown — a 6-foot-7 wing from Marietta, Ga. — is now considered the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2015 by Scout.com. He climbed up the rankings — and UK’s wish list — during a stellar showing on the summer circuit.
“He has elite physical tools,” Scout’s Evan Daniels told the Herald-Leader recently. “At 6-foot-7 and playing on the wing, he’s a very strong driver and has a chance to be a lockdown perimeter defender. He can impact a basketball game in so many different ways. His ceiling his ridiculously high.”
Brown will host head coaches from Kansas, UCLA, Georgia and Georgia Tech later in the week. Those are the schools, along with UK, that seem to have the best shot at his commitment.
He’ll make his first visit to Lexington for next month’s Big Blue Madness, but he’s planning to wait until the spring to make a college decision.
Newman — a 6-4 prospect from Jackson, Miss. — has long been considered the No. 1 guard in the class, and he’s the only uncommitted guard with a scholarship offer from Kentucky.
Kansas and UConn are among the other schools that will visit him in Mississippi this week. Those two programs, UK and Mississippi State, where his father played basketball, are commonly mentioned as the frontrunners in his recruitment.
Newman will also wait until the spring to make his college announcement.