UK Coach John Calipari has been concentrating on his top prospects in the class of 2015 so far this week, but that doesn’t mean the Wildcats are ignoring the younger guys.
Assistant coaches John Robic and Barry “Slice” Rohrssen have visited several top players from the class of 2016 since the fall recruiting period began Tuesday.
Robic was in St. Louis on Wednesday to see Jayson Tatum, the No. 1 player in the class 2016. He also watched five-star center Udoka Azubuike in Jacksonville, Fla. Robic is to check out Arkansas shooting guard Malik Monk on Thursday, according to ESPN Radio’s Nicholas Mason.
Monk had a great summer with the Nike-affiliated Arkansas Wings and has become one of UK’s top targets in the class. Florida Coach Billy Donovan and Arkansas Coach Mike Anderson watched him work out Tuesday.
Rohrssen started the recruiting period in Canada, where he saw 7-footer Thon Maker, a consensus top-five player in the junior class. Maker recently transferred to Orangeville Prep — outside of Toronto — after playing the past two seasons for a school in Virginia.
On Friday, Rohrssen will be in New Jersey to see five-star shooting guard Tyus Battle.
UK assistant coach Kenny Payne started the recruiting period with Calipari, who had in-home visits with Jaylen Brown and Malik Newman on Tuesday. Payne has played a major role in the recruitments of both of those players, considered the top two uncommitted prospects in the class of 2015.
Calipari heads to Las Vegas on Saturday for his in-home visit with class of 2015 star Stephen Zimmerman. It’s possible that the UK coach will take that opportunity to see class of 2016 point guard Derryck Thornton, who plays about 20 miles away at Findlay Prep. Thornton is the only point guard in the junior class with a UK scholarship offer.
North Carolina post player Harry Giles also is a likely candidate to get a visit from someone on the UK coaching staff, although no such visits have been confirmed yet this week. Scout.com ranks Giles as the No. 3 overall prospect in the class of 2016, and he visited Lexington for last year’s Big Blue Madness. He was one of the first players whom North Carolina Coach Roy Williams watched Tuesday.