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One week after Big Blue Madness, Kentucky hosted a pair of high-profile recruits this past weekend in Amile Jefferson and Gary Harris.
“The visit went fine,” Malcolm Musgrove, Jefferson’s father, told SNY.tv Monday night by phone. “They want him. They were a little late in recruiting him but had an opportunity to see him late in the summer.”
Musgrove said Kentucky coach John Calipari “likes what he does as a combo forward. They think that his style of play suits what they do well, creating mismatches and that’s what he is. He’s a mismatch nightmare.
“Put a bigger kid on him and he can put the ball on the floor and he typically goes around him. They can’t stay with him.
“Put a smaller guy on him, then he drives them straight to the block. His footwork on the block is pretty good.
“They felt he fit their system. They like all of their players to be able to go off the bounce. They feel he can come and contribute and play right away.”
Musgrove said his son is considering seven schools at this point: Kentucky, Stanford, N.C. State, UConn, Villanova, Temple and Ohio State.
He has already taken officials to Ohio State and UConn (two weekends ago), and has taken numerous unofficials to Villanova and Temple.
Jefferson will take an official to Stanford this coming weekend, and then head to N.C. State the first weekend in November for another official.
The goal is to sign during the early period in November, but they are not wedded to that.
“We’re going to sit down and weigh our pros and cons,” Musgrove said. “Figure out where he should be. If we can do that before the early signing period then we’re going to sign.
“If not then we’re going to sign late.”
As for the 6-6 Harris out of Fishers (Indiana) Hamilton Southeastern, his visit to Kentucky was first reported by SNY.tv.
Gary Harris Sr. told BluegrassHoops.com he didn’t see any problem with his son potentially committing to a school that already has a pledge from 6-5 shooting guard Archie Goodwin.
“Well, in my opinion, basketball teams, coaches, and fans look too much into positions,” he told the site. “I think players should be able to play multiple places, as Kentucky is doing right now. I don’t really see a problem with Archie Goodwin being there. Coach Cal has proved he can make things work. As for Archie’s game, he is a high-level talent and great player.”
Harris will next visit Michigan State in early November before looking to decide between the Spartans, Kentucky, Indiana and Purdue.
“After that, we plan for Gary to make an early decision,” Harris Sr. told BlueGrassHoops.com. “He wants to go into his senior season and enjoy everything. There is no exact date or anything like that, but we fully expect him to make a decision in November. That is the goal. It will ultimately happen when he is ready, though.”
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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.