UK BASKETBALL | Calipari's recruiting success at Big Blue Madness

10/18/2015 04:52 PM

LEXINGTON — An A-list of the nation’s top recruits visited Lexington over the weekend for Big Blue Madness 2015, and if John Calipari’s success rate continues, a chunk of them should commit to the Kentucky Wildcats in the near future.

Since Cal arrived at UK in 2009, 43 prospects have attended Kentucky’s annual opening scrimmage, with 21 of them later committing to the Wildcats.

Excluding Harry Giles (No. 1 overall in 2016) and Brian Bowen (No. 24 overall in 2017), both of whom have yet to pick a school, and including 2016 UK verbal commit Sacha Killeya-Jones, that’s a 51% success rate for Calipari with BBM attendees.

Not too shabby.

Giles was in attendance for the second straight year on Friday, along with six other top-30 players from the 2016 and 2017 recruiting classes, and Calipari addressed them with a not-so-suble recruiting pitch:

  • “Who wants to be next?” Calipari said during his Big Blue Madness speech. “This team wants to be next, and hopefully some other people in this building, too.”

Scroll below for yearly lists of recruits who’ve attended BBM, including to where each one eventually committed to play college ball:


  • Harry Giles [2016]
  • De’Aaron Fox [2016]
  • Malik Monk [2016]
  • Sacha Killeya-Jones [2016, Verbal Commitment to Kentucky]
  • Wendell Carter [2017]
  • Gary Trent Jr. [2017]
  • Trae Young [2017


  • Jaylen Brown [Cal]
  • Carlton Bragg [Kansas]
  • Stephen Zimmerman [UNLV]
  • Malik Newman [Miss State]
  • Brandon Ingram [Duke]
  • Tyus Battle [Syracuse]
  • Derryck Thornton [Duke]


  • Karl-Anthony Towns [UK]
  • Trey Lyles [UK]
  • Tyler Ulis [UK]
  • Stanley Johnson [Arizona]
  • James Blackmon Jr. [Indiana]
  • Eric Davis [Texas]
  • Jayson Tatum [Duke]
  • Harry Giles III [2016]
  • Josh Langford [Mich St]
  • Quentin Goodin [Xavier]
  • Brian Bowen [2017]


  • Aaron Harrison [UK]
  • Andrew Harrison [UK]]
  • Derek Willis [UK]
  • Marcus Lee [UK]
  • Trey Lyles [UK]
  • Karl-Anthony Towns [UK]
  • Cliff Alexander [Kansas]
  • Jaquan Lyle [Oregon]


  • Alex Poythress [UK]
  • Archie Goodwin [UK]
  • Willie Cauley-Stein [UK]
  • Andrew Harrison [UK]
  • Aaron Harrison [UK]
  • Dakari Johnson [UK]
  • Shabazz Muhammad [UCLA]
  • DaJuan Coleman [Syracuse]


  • Anthony Davis [UK]
  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [UK]
  • Marquis Teague [UK]
  • Kyle Wiltjer [UK]


  • Michael Kidd-Gilchrist [UK]
  • Kyrie Irving [Duke]
  • CJ Leslie [NC State]
  • Tobias Harris [Tennessee]
  • Achraf Yacoubou [Villanova]


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