By LARRY VAUGHT
Often top high school athletes decide to focus on one sport rather than playing multiple sports in high school.
Kentucky coach Mark Stoops is a fan of multi-athlete sports.
” I think that says a lot about just athletes in general. We want athletic guys, we want versatile guys. I love the fact that these guys a lot of them — many of them play basketball. Quite a few of these guys run track; they may play baseball, and I like that in a prospect,” Stoops said.
The top-ranked player in UK’s recruiting class, receiver Lynn Bowden of Ohio, had 33 points in a basketball game the night before signing his national letter-of-intent.
Out of the 24 players that UK has in its 2017 recruiting class, nine played multiple sports in high school.
” It’s hard to beat basketball. I think a lot of guys — but the ball skills that are involved in baseball a lot of that translates as well. Anything. Soccer, baseball, basketball, whatever,” Stoops said.
What about wrestling? Freshman offensive tackle Landon Young was a state champion wrestler.
“I do like wrestling. I do. So I’ve coached some guys through the years that were some very good players for us that were wrestlers. I don’t know if there’s a sport that challenges you more personally and more one on one than wrestling. That’s a brutal sport,” the UK coach said.
” I went to Iowa. I was not a wrestler. In northeastern Ohio wrestling is big, but I didn’t wrestle at all. We didn’t have it at my school. But certainly at Iowa I was friends with some of those guys, and they’re all a little bit nuts, but they’re some very, very tough guys.”