By Larry Vaught
Evan Daniels is Scout.com’s national director of recruiting and goes coast to coast to cover recruiting.
Recently I caught up with him between assignments to ask a few UK-related recruiting questions.
Question: Has it surprised you the number of 2017 offers — and even 2018 offers — that Kentucky coach John Calipari has already made?
Daniels: “Not necessarily, the majority of their 2016 class has been locked up for quite some time, that’s given the Kentucky coaching staff ample time to get a jumpstart on the next two classes.”
Question: What are the odds of a Michael Porter-Trae Young package deal to Kentucky and how do they compliment each other on the floor?
Daniels: “I think it’s unlikely they end up a package deal anywhere. Is it possible? Certainly. But more often than not these things don’t work out. In terms of their abilities, both of them can really shoot the ball from long distance. Young is crafty and creative, while Porter has terrific size for the position and impressive athleticism.”
Question: How would Jared Vanderbilt fit in the UK system and when do you think he might start narrowing his large, large list of offers?
Daniels: “Vanderbilt is a terrific rebounder and arguably one of the best in the country, regardless of class. He’d fit in UK’s system well, but he can play pretty much anywhere. He plays with a tremendous motor. I think he’ll probably slightly narrow his list soon and get it to a working number. He’ll then examine in throughout the summer and likely take fall visits.”