October 29, 2012

Visits aplenty: 2013 PF recruiting notes

All three of Kentucky's remaining 2013 interior targets have taken visits over the past two weekends. With coach John Calipari preparing to host visitors each of the next two weekends, Cats Illustrated takes a look at the latest scoop on all three prospects.

Boomer Sooner
Julius Randle took his first visit since being ousted by Andrew Wiggins for the number one spot in the 2013 Rivals150 when the 6-foot-9 power forward from Plano (Tex.) traveled to Norman (Ok.) for the Sooners football game against Notre Dame.

Even though Oklahoma is one of the schools in Randle's final list of six the Sooners have gotten very little publication from analysts in the Randle recruitment. The fact that Randle chose to visit the school unofficially, instead of officially, doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it should be noted.

After taking official visits to Kentucky and then Florida Randle still is also considering North Carolina State, Kansas and Texas, but will not make a decision until the spring.

The other Wildcats
In what was expected to be a crucial visit in his recruitment, San Jose combo forward Aaron Gordon visited the West Coast Wildcats, the University of Arizona, the weekend of October 19th.

The visit to Arizona was supposed to be a heavily publicized one, as the 6-foot-7 prospect (who is ranked no. 6 in the 2013 Rivals150) has been considered a west coast lean with Arizona being one of the teams to beat. To the surprise of many recruiting analysts, eight days after the visit there is still little to no information on how

Gordon's visit went; leading the pundits to speculate that Arizona does not stand as strongly as they were previously thought to.
Even though Gordon has been considered such a heavy lean towards a west coast school like Arizona, Oregon, Washington or California, Eric's father, Ed, insists that Kentucky is a huge player in the recruitment.

Gordon's father told Cats Illustrated last week that, "We wouldn't be traveling all the way across the country for visits to places like Kentucky and Kansas unless Aaron was genuinely interested in those schools."

Super 'Nova
The third Kentucky target at power forward, New Jersey four star prospect Tyler Roberson, has been as busy as any top player in the country over the last few weeks. After checking out Syracuse and Kansas, Roberson spent this past weekend at Villanova for the team's version of midnight madness.

With several top 50 prospects in attendance, and a rumored leg up on the competition, the 'Nova coaching staff was unable to secure a commitment from Roberson, who has been adamant that he will take his official visit to Kentucky this upcoming weekend before making a decision.

While Roberson is visiting this coming weekend, Gordon is not visiting until the following weekend. This makes the recruiting situation a little tricky for Calipari, as he has to make a strong impact on Roberson but would probably want to hold off on getting a commitment from the 6-foot-8 forward until Gordon comes into town.

Kansas, Villanova, Syracuse, SMU and possibly Rutgers are still very much involved for Roberson, this one could be a really close decision.

Quick Hitters
- Former post target Kennedy Meeks appears to be down to just two schools, North Carolina and Georgetown, based on an interview with Rivals.com UNC team site. Meeks just completed his second visit to North Carolina last weekend, this one being an official visit, and seems destined to commit to his in-state team. A four star back to the basket big man, Meeks would give UNC their first true throwback center since Sean May.

- Another former Kentucky target, four star wing Troy Williams, made his college decision on Sunday night when he announced his intention to play at Indiana next season. Last spring, Williams had formerly been down to just Kentucky and North Carolina before re-opening his options and eventually deciding on the Hoosiers.

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