LEXINGTON, Ky. — John Calipari and his under-19 Team USA squad will soon be home from Egypt. And while top Kentucky targets Immanuel Quickley, Cameron Reddish and Romeo Langford have been spending time with Calipari overseas, the recruiting will soon resume stateside.
Fellow SEC Country Kentucky writer Kyle Tucker and I will be on the trail, as well. Next week we’ll be in South Carolina for a pair of events — Peach Jam (North Augusta) and the Adidas Gauntlet Finale (Spartanburg). Both events begin on Wednesday and several of the nation’s top targets will be on display.
Until then, catch up with the latest news on the Kentucky recruiting front. This is the third edition of our weekly recruiting notebook. If you missed last the notebook last week, catch up here.
Cats targets in Cairo
There’s no doubt Calipari has enjoyed a recruiting advantage having spent a few weeks with some of the top prospects in the 2018 class. Here’s a look at how Kentucky’s targets have fared for Team USA, and what it might mean for the Wildcats:
PG Immanuel Quickley
It’s widely believed that Quickley could be Kentucky’s first 2018 commit. The Maryland native is the 10th-ranked prospect and No. 2 point guard in the class, according to 247Sports.
Quickley has started all four games for Team USA. He’s shooting the ball well — 45 percent from the field and 41 percent from 3-point range — but he’s taken the third-fewest shots on the team. He also has 10 assists to 4 turnovers.
Quickley is down to four schools: Kentucky, Kansas, Maryland and Miami. The Cats are thought to be at the top of that list, and it’s clear Quickley is relishing his time with Calipari.
— Immanuel Quickley (@IQ_GodSon) July 6, 2017
SG Romeo Langford
Langford, the top-ranked shooting guard in the 2018 class, has averaged just 7.7 minutes during the tournament — the fewest of any Team USA player. Back spasms have been the culprit, as Langford explained Tuesday in his USA Today blog.
While Kentucky isn’t thought to be a favorite for the New Albany, Ind., native, Calipari seems to be having some effect on Langford.
“Of course everyone knows that Coach Calipari is our coach on the U19 team and it’s been a great experience having him as a coach at this level,” Langford wrote in his blog. “He’s one of the coaches that’s been recruiting me so it’s good to have this opportunity to see how he does things.”
SF Cameron Reddish
Dick “Hoops” Weiss is in Egypt covering Team USA for Bluestar Media. Tucker caught up with Weiss to talk current Wildcats Hamidou Diallo and P.J. Washington, along with top Kentucky target Reddish.
“You’ll love Reddish — if he comes to Kentucky,” Weiss said. “He’s really special. I mean, he can play all five positions. When he was first evaluated by USA Basketball, he was 6-foot-3 in the ninth grade. Then he had a four-inch growth spurt and it changed how he plays. His dad was a center at VCU, but he taught him to play point guard, so then he blossomed and could play every position. He’s special.”
Reddish is ranked the No. 5 prospect in the 2018 class and the No. 2 small forward behind Zion Williamson, according to 247Sports.
Reddish has been of the stars for Team USA in Egypt. He’s averaging the second-most minutes on the team and is shooting 54 percent from the field. He has hit 10 of his 15 3-point attempts (67 percent). He’s averaging 12.8 points per game and is second on the team with 13 assists.
SF Louis King
King is still looking for a scholarship offer from Calipari. He talked with Tucker at Team USA training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo., and said he and Reddish could be a package deal.
“If Coach Cal gives me an offer,” King said, “me and Cam might be able to go to Kentucky.”
King is the 16th-ranked player in the class and the No.3 small forward (behind only Williamson and Reddish).
Calipari is getting a good look at King in Cairo as he’s averaging a team-high 19.8 minutes per game. King is doing a little bit of everything for Team USA. He’s averaging 6.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and has dished out 12 assists — tied for third on the team.
More Kentucky recruiting links
- Five important questions as the 2018 recruiting cycle heats up, from Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader
- Paul Washington, dad of UK freshman P.J. Washington, expects Kentucky to offer King soon
- Williamson mentions UCLA, Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Clemson and Arizona as schools he’s hearing a lot from
- Williamson and Langford among prospects who will be watched most closely in July
- UK is the “heavy favorite” for Quickley
- Top 2018 prospect Marvin Bagley squared off against Toronto Raptors star DeMar DeRozan
- SLAM Magazine calls Williamson “The future of basketball”
- LSU in good shape for Kentucky target Naz Reid