What is next for the 2015 class?
With Charles Matthews on board already, lets take a look at what may happen next.
To see what is going to happen next we might need to look at the past a little bit. It’s important to know that Coach Calipari has started out the last three classes all during the winter time with Derek Willis, Karl Towns, and now Charles Matthews being the first commits in their respective classes and committing early.
You might ask, what does that mean? Well it means that Kentucky has laid a solid foundation for the rest of their class. You might think that Willis wasn’t a great foundation, but at the time he committed, he was a Top 100 if not Top 50 rated player and one of the best in-state prospects we had seen in awhile. Maybe if he played AAU a little more he might have kept his ranking, but all that doesn’t matter now and eventually worked itself out. Willis is now apart of one of the greatest classes in recruiting history and he was the first member of it.
Moving onto Towns now, he is likely one of the most versatile big men we have seen in a long time. There is not very many players as tall and as skilled as he is. He is a very unique player and that is why he is been so highly rated and been playing on the Dominican Republic National Team for the last couple of years. He has earned what he has got, developed a great relationship with Kentucky’s staff, and made the commitment early to solidify his spot in the class and on the team. The 2014 class is one of the better classes Kentucky has had under Calipari because of sure skill, all four of Lyles, Towns, Booker and Ulis are extremely gifted/skilled athletes at their position and will be great assets in moving Coach Calipari in a new and smarter recruiting direction.
Now we have Charles Matthews the most recent commitment for UK, but the first commit UK has received in the 2015 class. Another foundation is laid, because now Kentucky has solidified an early commitment from a wing player allowing them to work on other similar targets and a few front court players. Matthew’s versatile game will allow him to play multiple positions ala Andrew Harrison, Aaron Harrison, and James Young. He can likely play either the one, two or three position whenever necessary. Matthews is a great player to build a class around and he is going to be a great Wildcat at Kentucky.
What is next?
The Cats may not have to go after all that many guys. Some of us here at Kentucky Sports Connection believe the days of Calipari having to go after six, seven, or even eight recruits is long gone. The 2013 class was an exception, because Calipari quickly figured out that having a small was not going to work, because they couldn’t even conduct real practices. Now that he has stocked up and some of the guys he has currently are all likely to go pro, plus he has gotten some guys that aren’t your typical one and done player with exception of Julius Randle, the roster is going to be a little more full and Calipari is likely only going to be bringing in around three to five guys moving forward.
I believe that the UK staff is going to try and lock up around five guys for 2015, pretty much one for each position, but may not have to have a PG, because its highly likely that Tyler Ulis will be there for his sophomore year to play with his friend and former teammate Mr. Matthews. So the Cats would still want to get Luke Kennard and possibly try to get Newman, but it may be really hard to get him to UK. IMO, that leaves Kentucky trying to get Carlton Bragg which shouldn’t be all that hard, and then getting a big guy. They would love to get Stephen Zimmerman, but will likely lock up Skal Labissiere. A mixture of those guys and maybe a surprise recruit or two would be what Kentucky really wants in the class.
Remember they probably don’t have to go after a large amount of guys in that class and you can sort of tell by the way they have recruited the class up to this point. Recruiting is going to get more interesting rather that more hectic as far as the amount of players goes. That’s my thoughts, let me know what you think on Twitter @KSC_BBRecruits.