Peach Jam Primer: Top Kentucky targets to take center stage this week

07/11/2017 10:48 AM

The Kentucky coaching staff is out on the road for a big week of recruiting. The Nike Peach Jam, one of the biggest AAU events of the summer, begins Wednesday in North Augusta, Georgia. The final event on the Nike EYBL circuit will feature a handful of top 2018 Kentucky targets.

Marvin Bagley III: The Kentucky staff will be keeping a close eye on five-star power forward Marvin Bagley III. Bagley is the No. 1 player in the 2018 class, according to all major recruiting services. He comes into the event averaging 25.8 points, 14.9 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 54.6 percent from the floor in EYBL play. The Phoenix, Arizona native holds offers from Kentucky, Arizona, Duke, Kansas, UCLA and Southern California.

In an interview with Scout.com’s Evan Daniels in May, Bagley talked about his interest in Kentucky.

“I just like how Kentucky runs,” said Bagley. “I like how they play, they get out and go and it’s fun to watch. It’s exciting so I like watching them.”

Highlights from Bagley:

Bol Bol: The son of the late Manute Bol is the No. 2 player in the 2018 class, according to Scout.com. The 7-foot-1, 225 pound center plays for California Supreme. He was named MVP of the Nike EYBL regular season by D1 Circuit. He holds offers from Kentucky, Kansas, Arizona, UCLA and Southern California among others.

Bol was in Colorado Springs in June with John Calipari for Team USA U19 tryouts. He was left off the 12-man team that ended up winning the bronze medal in the FIBA World Cup.

“Bol Bol is a special talent,” said Evan Daniels in an interview with KSTV. . “At his size, he moves incredibly well. He runs rim-to-rim. He’s quick off his feet. He’s a good athlete. He’s got good hands.”

Highlights from Bol:

Cameron Reddish: Reddish just finished up playing for John Calipari in the FIBA World Cup, where he averaged 10.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game for the Americans. He is the No. 4 player in the 2018 class, according to Scout.com. The five-star small forward plays for Team Final on the EYBL circuit. His strong play on the AAU circuit (22.6 RPG, 7.8 RPG, 3 APG) earned him Nike All-EYBL second team honors. Kentucky, Arizona, Connecticut, Kentucky and Miami are all after Reddish. Kentucky fans should feel good about Reddish at this point, following his Team USA experience. Reddish recently discussed his recruitment and interest in Kentucky with SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker.

““He expects a lot,” Reddish told Tucker about Calipari. “You have to go out there every single time and play super hard, defend hard, talk a lot. If not, you get subbed, because there’s somebody on the bench ready to play. I would say that’s the main thing I’ve learned about him: You have to play hard every second.”

Highlights from Reddish:

Louis King: King is teammates with Reddish on Team Final and is also coming off of playing for Team USA’s U19 team. The five-star small forward is the No. 12 player in the class, according to Scout.com. King hasn’t received an offer yet from Kentucky, but has made it very clear he is interested in the Wildcats.

He told Kyle Tucker of SEC Country , “If Coach Cal gives me an offer, me and Cam (Reddish) might be able to go to Kentucky.”

King and Reddish have hinted in the past that they could be a package deal in college.

Highlights from King:

Other top 2018 players to watch for this week include:

  • Five-star power forward Simi Shittu: No. 15 player in Scout’s 2018 rankings, has not received an offer from Kentucky yet.
  • Five-star point guard Darius Garland: No. 8 player in Scout’s 2018 rankings, has not received an offer from Kentucky yet.
  • Five-star small forward Keldon Johnson: No. 22 player in Scout’s 2018 rankings, has not received an offer from Kentucky yet.

You can view the complete Peach Jam Preview guide here.

We’ll have more on the Peach Jam tonight with Scout.com’s Evan Daniels.

Clayton Abernathy

Clayton is a Producer for Spectrum News. He graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Kentucky and he lives and breathes UK Basketball, making him the perfect fit to produce KSTV. That’s Kentucky’s only nightly half-hour show dedicated solely to UK sports. You can watch it weeknights at 7:30 and 11 on Spectrum News. Follow Clayton on twitter @ClaySTV1 to stay updated on the latest UK Basketball and recruiting news or to follow his amateur competitive eating endeavors. He once ate thirteen cheese Coney hot dogs in one sitting…on his lunch break.

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