LEXINGTON, Ky. – Fans camp out for days to get tickets to Kentucky basketball’s annual Big Blue Madness extravaganza, a laser-light show and big-tent revival disguised as a practice, billed as the unveiling of each season’s new team.
But make no mistake, Friday night’s spectacle – for which UK spares no expense and last year featured an appearance from rapper Drake – is about the recruits. And boy, do the Wildcats have an impressive guest list to impress at this one.
In official visitors Harry Giles, De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk, Kentucky is expected to host the nation’s No. 1 power forward, point guard and shooting guard in the Class of 2016, according to Scout.com’s rankings. The Cats could also get an unofficial visit from the No. 1 center, Marques Bolden.
The Cats already have commitments from top-30 overall prospects Wenyen Gabriel and Sacha Killeya-Jones, the latter of which will also attend Madness. They’re well-positioned with Fox and Monk and in the mix for Giles and Bolden, as well as five-star prospects Kobi Simmons (point guard), Rawle Alkins (shooting guard), Edrice Adebayo (center) and Jarrett Allen (center).
“I think they’re probably the favorite to end up with the No. 1 class,” said Evan Daniels, Scout’s national recruiting analyst. “If they get two of those guys – at least one of De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk and one of those big guys – I think they’ll be in play for it.”
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