November 9, 2012

Previewing the Aaron Gordon visit and more

With the final official visitor of the fall coming in this weekend, the start of the college basketball season, and another five-star underclassmen shortening their list, the news just keeps on coming in Kentucky recruiting.

One Chance
The nation's no. 6 ranked senior, California combo forward Aaron Gordon, will make his official visit to Kentucky this weekend.

Gordon, who is still considering several west coast schools, as well as Kentucky and Kansas, will be traveling across country with his father, Ed Gordon.

The previous four official visits for Gordon were Oregon, Washington, Arizona, and Kansas.
This should be Kentucky' one chance to make a great impression on Gordon, giving the 6-foot-7 five-star the confidence to move across country for college.

In an October 24th interview with Cats Illustrated, Ed Gordon said that the family, "Wouldn't be traveling all the way across country unless we had a real interest."

Just how much of an interest that they have is yet to be seen, but either way we should know more after this weekend.
Gordon is one of the nation's top athletes, and a consensus top six prospect.

Daily Top Ten
The latest five-star recruit to shorten their school list is 2014's Isaiah Whitehead. On Thursday the 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln HS announced via Twitter that he is down to ten schools.

Those ten schools are - Syracuse, Kentucky, Arizona, Maryland, Florida, UCLA, St. Johns, Kansas, Rutgers, and Louisville.

Whitehead is one of the top playmaking wings in the class, as typical of a New York City superstar. In the latest edition of the 2014 Rivals150 Whitehead checks in at no. 14 in the rankings.

Tonight, Whitehead will take an unofficial visit tonight to check out the Kentucky vs Maryland game at Barclays in his home city of Brooklyn, both the Wildcats and Terrapins are on the five-star's list.

The Embiid Effect
Recruitment of big time prospects can get extremely complicated. That became the case on Wednesday night when four-star center Joel Embiid cut his list to just three schools - Kansas, Texas, and Florida.
Interestingly enough, those three schools are all on the list of six for the nation's number two overall prospect, Julius Randle.

Florida is also on the list of five-star center Dakari Johnson.

If Embiid goes to Florida, which is extremely likely given that the seven-footer goes to high school at Gainesville (Fla.) Rock Academy, then Kentucky's chances with both Randle and Johnson should go up by default.

With the amount of time that Embiid's three finalists have spent with him over the last week it is fairly likely that the center will make a decision in the early signing period, which should also clear up the Randle and Johnson situation a little bit more no matter where he should sign.


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