By LARRY VAUGHT
Darius Days won’t be the biggest name playing at the Kentucky Lake Showcase in Marshall County this weekend.
The better known national names are Kentucky signee P.J. Washington, Duke signee Gary Trent Jr. and Arizona signee DeAndre Ayton.
But in recent victories of Trent and Prolific Prep as well as Ayton and Hillcrest Prep, the 6-7 Days of The Rock (Gainesville, Fla.) had 35 points in both games. That has drawn more and more recruiting interest from Kansas along with scholarship offers he already had from Illinois, Memphis, USC and Oklahoma. He’s had interest from other schools like Florida, Louisville, Florida State, Providence and Wake Forest.
Days is ranked in the top 50 of recruiting rankings in the 2018 class.
“I am not saying I have always played this week but I am playing hard as we are playing better teams,” Days said. “The physicality of the games has helped me. I know this summer I have to keep showing what I can do and keep improving.”
He’s ready to play in Kentucky. His team plays Sunrise Christian (Kansas) Friday at 6 p.m. CST and then takes on Hillcrest Prep again Saturday at 8 p.m. CST.
“I can’t wait. They just love basketball in Kentucky. You see Kentucky and Louisville fans everywhere,” Days said. “It is an incredible atmosphere. You feel like you are at home but you are not. Still, with the way they all love basketball, you feel like it is a home away from home.”
He follows college basketball and knows plenty about the programs at UK and Louisville.
“I would be really excited to get a scholarship offer from those schools. I know what it takes to compete at that level and believe I could do that,” Days said.
For those who have not see him play — and Days realize most fans at the Kentucky Lake
Showcase probably have not seen him before — he says he has a “high energy game” all the time.
“I play with a lot of excitement,” Days said. “I feel I can score. My shooting can always use work and I keep working on my shot. But I can score.”
He has talented teammates as well. The Rock is 28-2.
“We have been playing well and don’t want that to change in Kentucky,” Days.
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Findlay Prep and UK signee Washington play Hopkinsville at 7:30 p.m. CST Friday and take on Tennessee Prep at 6:30 p.m. CST Saturday. Prolific Prep faces Sunrise Christian at 5 p.m. on Saturday and will play Hillcrest Prep at 2 p.m. CST Sunday.
For tickets go to www.thegrindsession.com.