By LARRY VAUGHT
BENTON — Some of the nation’s top high school players will be here the next four days playing in the prestigious Marshall County Hoopfest.
Obviously, Kentucky fans are anxious to get a look at signed Keldon Johnson of Oak Hill Academy as well as two major UK recruiting targets — juniors James Wiseman and D.J. Jeffries. Another of the nation’s top junior, Charles Bassey, will also be at Hoopfest along with Adair County freshman Zion Harmon, another likely UK recruiting target.
Numerous college coaches are expected to be at Hoopfest between now and Sunday afternoon.
Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury came last year and will be back. Bassey has been a target for him for quite a while.
Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend has been a fixture at Hoopfest and will be there. Kansas coach Bill Self has also been known to attend.
Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy, a former head coach at Murray, will be there. Same with Iowa State coach Steve Prohm, another former head coach at Murray. Both Missouri and Murray have told Hoopfest officials they will have coaches attend.
What about Kentucky? The Cats have a game on Saturday afternoon but it would be surprising if at least one UK coach was not in Benton Sunday when Wiseman plays. Kentucky assistant coach Kenny Payne’s son, Zan, will also be playing in the event Saturday night for Lexington Catholic.