John Calipari, two assistants make it to Hoop Fest

 Posted by at 1:54 PM on December 7, 2013
Dec 072013


BENTON — UK coach John Calipari and assistants Orlando Antigua and Kenny Payne made it to the Marshall County Hoop Fest on Saturday night to check out a couple of future Wildcats and several uncommitted recruits.

The three coaches sat right behind a baseline — at a table specially adorned with a blue cloth — and watched UK signee Devin Booker take on No. 1-ranked Ballard. Calipari and his staff stuck around to see UK signee Trey Lyles against Huntington Prep.

The UK coach spoke with Booker for several minutes after his squad’s loss. The Mississippi shooting guard scored 40 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the defeat.

Huntington Prep has several UK recruiting targets, including small forward Montaque Gill-Caesar, who is currently in the Class of 2015 but is considering a move to 2014. If Gill-Caesar does reclassify, he would become one of UK’s top immediate targets.

Booker mentioned Gill-Caesar after his game as a player that he’d like to see join UK’s recruiting class for 2014.

“If I see him, I’ll talk to him. I’ll let him know where home is supposed to be,” Booker said with a smile.

The Cats are also interested in junior power forward Thomas Bryant and sophomore wing Miles Bridges, both of Huntington Prep.


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