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Madness 2011

 


BIG BLUE MADNESS GUEST LIST

Friday, Oct. 14 | 7 p.m. | WKYT-27/ESPN3/UKAthletics.com | Rupp Arena

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2012 Recruits

Shabazz
Muhammad

Dajuan
Coleman

Archie
Goodwin

Alex
Poythress

Willie
Cauley

2013 Recruits

Andrew
Harrison

Aaron
Harrison


Shabazz Muhammad

The unanimous choice as the top recruit in the country, Muhammad has also emerged as John Calipari’s No. 1 recruiting target for 2012. With skills made for the dribble-drive offense, the left-hander mixes his talent of getting to the basket with a potent outside shot and the ability to play multiple positions. In addition to his offensive skills, Muhammad is a top-notch defender who will likely be able to guard three different positions at the college level. Most analysts still believe that UCLA is the leader for Muhammad, but Big Blue Madness is the only official visit he’s set up so far. This will be his second visit to Rupp. He was also in attendance for last season’s Senior Night victory over Vanderbilt. Muhammad is expected to wait until the spring to announce his decision.
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Class: 2012
Position: Guard/forward
Height: 6-5
Weight: 190
Hometown: Las Vegas
High school: Bishop Gorman
Rivals ranking: No. 1
Scout ranking: No. 1
ESPN ranking: No. 1
MaxPreps ranking: No. 1
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 1
Other leaders: Duke, UNLV, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina, Arizona, Texas A&M
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Dajuan Coleman

It will be tough from John Calipari to wrest Coleman from hometown Syracuse, but it’s a good sign that the Cats are still hanging around this late in his recruitment. Calipari took some flak from critics for traveling to New York during the NCAA Tournament to see Coleman play, but landing the big man would be a major recruiting coup for 2012. Coleman owns opponents in the paint, using his big body to create shots and clear space to attack the boards. He’s also been praised for his outlet passing off defensive rebounds, which creates easy scoring opportunities for teammates. Coleman will follow his Big Blue Madness trip with a visit to Syracuse the following week and a trek to Ohio State the week after that. He’s expected to pick between the three schools in time to sign in November.
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Class: 2012
Position: Center
Height: 6-8
Weight: 280
Hometown: Syracuse, N.Y.
High school: Jamesville-Dewitt
Rivals ranking: No. 27
Scout ranking: No. 11
ESPN ranking: No. 14
MaxPreps ranking: No. 9
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 18
Other leaders: Syracuse, Ohio State
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Archie Goodwin

Goodwin became UK’s first commitment from the class of 2012 when he announced Sept. 20 that he was picking the Cats. You’d have a hard time finding something not to like about Goodwin’s game. He can drive, he can shoot, he’s an unselfish passer and he plays tremendous defense. UK will count on him to make solid contributions as soon as he steps foot in Rupp. Goodwin could help his own cause by “recruiting” his fellow Madness visitors this weekend, something he’s already said he plans to do.
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Class: 2012
Status: UK commitment
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-4
Weight: 180
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
High school: Sylvan Hills
Rivals ranking: No. 12
Scout ranking: No. 13
ESPN ranking: No. 13
MaxPreps ranking: No. 5
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 12
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Alex Poythress

A top target among SEC schools, Poythress would fit well in the dribble-drive offense and stands out as a rebounder, especially on the offensive boards. Rivals.com analyst Jerry Meyer earlier this summer called him a better athlete than Terrence Jones. He visited UK after the July evaluation period and said it was his favorite on-campus visit. After Duke ended its recruitment of Poythress in September, many analysts predicted that he would be the next 2012 prospect to commit to Kentucky. A good visit this week could be all the Cats need to bring the talented forward into the fold.
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Class: 2012
Position: Forward
Height: 6-7
Weight: 205
Hometown: Clarksville, Tenn.
High school: Northeast
Rivals ranking: No. 19
Scout ranking: No. 16
ESPN ranking: No. 17
MaxPreps ranking: No. 13
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 25
Other leaders: Vanderbilt, Memphis, Florida
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Willie Cauley

Cauley plays the center position but doesn’t have a big body or a bruising post game. Instead, he beats opponents with his quickness and ability to run the floor. A great rebounder, Cauley brings an unorthodox matchup for bigger centers, but he’ll also have trouble defending larger post players. Scout.com said earlier this month that UK was “going to be very tough to beat” for Cauley, who plans to sign in November.
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Class: 2012
Position: Center
Height: 6-11
Weight: 215
Hometown: Spearville, Kan.
High school: Olathe Northwest
Rivals ranking: No. 39
Scout ranking: No. 28
ESPN ranking: No. 32
MaxPreps ranking: No. 46
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 35
Other leaders: Kansas State, Alabama, Florida
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Andrew Harrison

Considered by Rivals.com to be the best player in the class of 2013, Harrison has already made an unofficial trip to UK, visiting the campus with his twin brother Aaron early in their sophomore year. Andrew is the unanimous pick as the best point guard in the class, and at 6-foot-4 he would pose problems for anyone trying to guard him at that position. He’s also a tremendous defender, and someone John Calipari would seemingly trust to run the point from day one.
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Class: 2012
Position: Point guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 205
Hometown: Houston
High school: Travis
Rivals ranking: No. 1
Scout ranking: No. 4
ESPN ranking: No. 4
MaxPreps ranking: No. 5
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 4
Other leaders: Villanova, Baylor, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Texas
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Aaron Harrison

A talented shooter, Harrison serves as a great complement to his brother Andrew, who is also a star player for 2013. The twins visited UK’s campus in October 2010, and both have been adamant about their desire to play alongside each other at the next level. That means whatever team lands the pair will get a backcourt that has played together for years and can contribute right away. The opportunity to add not one, but two, superstars in one commitment could make landing the twins John Calipari’s top priority in 2013.
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Class: 2012
Position: Shooting guard
Height: 6-5
Weight: 205
Hometown: Houston
High school: Travis
Rivals ranking: No. 7
Scout ranking: No. 7
ESPN ranking: No. 7
MaxPreps ranking: No. 10
24/7 Sports ranking: No. 8
Other leaders: Villanova, Baylor, Maryland, Arizona, Kansas, Texas
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