Nation's No. 1 guard commits to Kentucky basketball
Nov 21 2015
Bobby Portis doesn't care for Kentucky basketball, and he made that clear with a not-so-ambiguous tweet.
Malik's brother, Marcus Monk, was a two-sport standout for the Razorbacks and a former member of Mike Anderson's staff. Anderson made Monk his No. 1 priority years ago, once bringing the entire Razorbacks team to one of his high school games. Wednesday is the last day of the early signing period and sources told Rivals.com National Recruiting Analyst Eric Bossi that the Bentonville, Ark., guard and No. 6 players in the Rivals150 would commit to the United Kingdom today.
"When I saw Wenyen, I knew he had grown from 6-3 to 6-9", Calipari said. First and foremost, I want to thank God for his many blessings and for all the people he has placed in my life.
"With so many great coaches and historical programs, recruiting me, it has really been a tough but fun process". In saying this, I will be continuing my maturation as a student athlete at the University of Kentucky. This development means the Wildcats have now had the nation's top-ranked recruiting class five times (2010, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016) since Calipari became their coach in April 2009.
Signed are 6-7 high school senior small forward Adrio Bailey of Campti, La., rated 3-stars by the Arkansas 247 recruiting services, and three junior college players rated 4-stars by Arkansas 247.
The Wildcats also got the nod from Edrice "Bam" Adebayo and De'Aaron Fox this week. The consensus five-star prospect is ranked No. 5 overall in the 2016 class by 247Sports and ESPN and No. 6 by Rivals and Scout.
All three are projected to be lottery picks, by reputable draft boards, in the 2017 National Basketball Association draft.