Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Three of the top players in the Class of 2013 are discussing a potential package deal — possibly to Kentucky, according to a report on the National Recruiting Spotlight.
Ishmail Wainright, Kasey Hill and Julius Randle have all discussed going to the same school. Randle is the No. 4 player in the Rivals150 for the Class of 2013, Hill is No. 27 and Wainright is No. 32.
“Me and Julius have had a relationship since seventh grade and me and Kasey have been close since eighth grade going into freshman year,” Wainright, pictured above, told the site. “They always told me, ‘wherever you go Ish, we’re all going to go.’ They put it on me but I was like, ‘no, we’ll all sit down and talk about it.’”
He added: “Kentucky is one of the main schools and Kansas and I think Baylor. And Missouri too, Kasey likes Missouri but I didn’t think he liked them.”
The 6-foot-5 Wainright is also being heavily courted by St. John’s. A Kansas City native, he’s now at Montrose Christian, coached by Stu Vetter, the former coach of St. John’s assistant Rico Hines. His AAU team, the KC 76ers, is backed by Earl Watson, who played for St. John’s coach Steve Lavin at UCLA.
If Wainright isn’t part of a package deal with Hill and Randle, he said UCLA and St. John’s are his leaders.
“It would probably be between St. John’s and UCLA for me, I think Kasey would go to Florida and Julius would probably go to Kentucky,” he told the site.
He added: “[Kentucky head coach] John Calipari is my favorite coach, it’s either between him and [St. John’s head] coach [Steve] Lavin. I’ve been talking to Coach Lavin a lot lately. And UCLA, those are probably my top three favorite coaching staffs.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, 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.
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