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By LARRY VAUGHT
Could Huntington (W.Va.) Prep wing Montaque Gill Caesar be a piece of Kentucky’s 2014 recruiting class and help offset the expected decision by Stanley Johnson to pick Arizona over UK in a few hours?
The 6-6 Gill Caesar, one of the nation’s top 20 juniors, recently had UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua watch Huntington Prep’s intrasquad scrimmage and then he made an unofficial trip to watch UK play Northern Kentucky.
“Lots of schools are showing heavy interest in him,” said a person who knows Gill Caesar.
He could reclassify to the 2014 class — last year Huntington Prep’s Andrew Wiggins did the same thing and picked Kansas over UK — and join UK’s recent signees in John Calipari’s next class.
“He has the option to do that similar to Andrew. He would be an age appropriate 2014 in the (United) states. He’s talking with his coaches about it now,” the source said. “He’s a big strong kid, very talented and a very hard worker.”
That’s why with the 2014 options he would have — he’s also being recruited by Louisville — it would seem logical that he could reclassify just as Wiggins did last or Karl Towns, who signed with UK Wednesday, did in this recruiting class.
Gill Caesar and a bevvy of future Division I college basketball players will be in Frankfort Sunday playing Ezell Harding Christian Academy of Tennessee at Frankfort High’s F.D. Wilkinson Sports Arena at 2 p.m. Admission is $5.
Huntington Prep features three 5-star players and four 4-star players. Ezell Harding has been a fixture recently at the Tennessee state tourney the team’s assistant coach is former Vanderbilt star Shan Foster.
Huntington Prep features Gonzaga commit Josh Perkins, a 6-3 guard who is a top 50 player; Seton Hall commit Angel Delgado, a 6-9 forward and another top 50 player; and Providence commit Jalen Lindsey, a 6-8 top 100 player. The team also has JaQuan Lyle, a 6-5 top-50 player who was committed to Louisville but it now considering other schools.
Levi Cook, a 6-10 junior and another top 100 player, has already committed to West Virginia.
Thomas Bryant, a 6-10 junior and another top 20 player, also has numerous schools, including UK, recruiting him. Kentucky is also interested in 6-8 sophomore Miles Bridges, a top 20 recruit, with interest from Indiana, Michigan State, Kansas and Kentucky.
Huntington Prep will also play in the Marshall County Hoop Fest Dec. 6-7 that features UK signees Trey Lyles and Devin Booker along with the McCracken County Festival of Hoops Jan. 11 that features UK signees Tyler Ulis and Lyles.