UK Coach John Calipari is expected to be in western Kentucky on Thursday night to see class of 2016 star Thon Maker play in the Marshall County Hoop Fest.
Update: Calipari did not make it Thursday night. Instead, UK assistants Kenny Payne and Barry “Slice” Rohrssen watched Maker play in Marshall County. Calipari is apparently under the weather.
Maker — a 7-footer in his first season with Orangeville Prep — took an unofficial visit to UK on Sunday to see the Cats defeat Providence. He sat behind the bench with his guardian, Edward Smith, and his younger brother Matur, who is a prospect in the class of 2017.
Thon Maker played two games in Lexington last weekend, and Smith talked to the Herald-Leader about the possibility that he will reclassify to 2015 and be eligible to play college basketball next season.
Orangeville Prep plays Sunrise Christian (Kansas) at 7 p.m. Central time Thursday. Maker’s team returns to action Saturday night against UK recruit Malik Newman and Callaway (Miss.).
Calipari could be in Marshall County for Saturday’s games, which include Maker, Newman, Carlton Bragg, Cheick Diallo and Thomas Bryant — all recruits with UK scholarship offers. It is likely that at least one assistant coach will attend those games.
Kentucky plays No. 6 Texas on Friday night in Lexington.
Marshall County Hoop Fest
Marshall County High School
(All times Central)
Thursday, Dec. 4
4 p.m. – Marshall County vs. Massac (Ill.) girls
5:30 p.m. – Marshall County vs. Dyersburg (Tenn.)
7 p.m. – Sunrise Christian (Kan.) vs. Orangeville Prep (Can.)
8:30 p.m. – Graves County vs. Massac (Ill.)
Friday, Dec. 5
4 p.m. – Sunrise Christian (Kan.) vs. Quality Ed (N.C.)
5:30 p.m. – Arlington Country Day (Fla.) vs. Carlisle School (Va.)
7 p.m. – Callaway (Miss.) vs. Archbishop Carroll (Pa.)
8:30 p.m. – Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Arsenal Tech (Ind.)
10 p.m. – Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Reach Your Dream Prep (Tenn.)
Saturday, Dec. 6
8:30 a.m. – White Station (Tenn.) vs. Arsenal Tech (Ind.)
10 a.m. – Marshall County vs. Madisonville North Hopkins girls
11:30 a.m. – Marshall County vs. Owensboro
1 p.m. – Hopkinsville vs. Lausanne (Tenn.)
2:30 p.m. – McCracken County vs. Lincoln County
4:30 p.m. – Christ Presbyterian (Tenn.) vs. La Lumiere (Ind.)
6 p.m. – Archbishop Carroll (Pa.) vs. Villa Angela-St. Joseph (Ohio)
7:30 p.m. – Oak Hill (Va.) vs. Our Savior (N.Y.)
9 p.m. – Orangeville Prep (Can.) vs. Callaway (Miss.)
10:30 p.m. – Huntington Prep (W.Va.) vs. Arlington Country Day (Fla.)