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Tuesday / September 27.
  • Calipari Watching Targets at Hoophall

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    IMG_20150118_123844_511-2Kentucky coach John Calipari is at the Hoophall Classic for Sunday and Monday.

    The event features numerous Kentucky targets.

    On Sunday, Kentucky’s targets include Thon Maker of Orangeville Prep (Ontario), Cheick Diallo of Our Savior New American, Thomas Bryant of Huntington (W.V.) Prep and Omari Spellman of the MacDuffie (MA) School, which also features his son, Bradley Calipari.

    The 7-foot Maker is expected to visit Kentucky and Kansas, among others, if he reclasses next month, his guardian, Ed Smith, told SNY.tv Saturday  night in New York.

    On Monday, Kentucky targets Jaylen Brown of Marietta (GA) Wheeler, Ivan Rabb of Oakland (CA) Bishop O’Dowd, Stephen Zimmerman of Las Vegas Bishop Gorman and 2016 guard Jayson Tatum of St. Louis (MO) Chaminade College Prep will all play.

    Prior to Calipari’s arrival, Kentucky-bound guard Isaiah Briscoe of Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, Brandon Ingram of Kinston (N.C.) and Derryck Thornton of Henderson (NV) Findlay Prep all played on Saturday.

    Numerous other coaches were on hand on Sunday morning, including UConn’s Kevin Ollie, Wake Forest’s Danny Manning, UMass’ Derek Kellogg, Xavier’s Chris Mack and George Mason’s Paul Hewitt, along with assistants from Syracuse, Louisville, Nebraska, Cal, Oregon, Old Dominion and more.



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    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. 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.