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By LARRY VAUGHT
Evan Daniels, a national recruiting analyst for Scout.com, spent most of the summer watching the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s top high school players play and recently helped Scout.com release its revamped player rankings that dropped University of Kentucky commit Michael Gilchrist of Philadelphia from No. 1 overall to fifth nationally.
Daniels offers his insights on Gilchrist and other UK-related recruiting topics:
Question: Should Kentucky fans be worried that Gilchrist dropped in the Scout.com rankings and what exactly caused him to take the slight dip nationally in Scout.com’s rankings?
Daniels: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Absolutely nothing to worry about. Gilchrist is still a terrific player. I think the other guys progressed and passed him by a small margin. With that said, it was a tough decision.Ã‚Â The top five players in this 2010 class are all guys that should make huge impacts as soon as they get to college.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: Did it surprise you that Kentucky recently offered Chane Behanan of Bowling Green a scholarship and how does he compare with other players coach John Calipari has recruited while at Kentucky? What do you like best about him?
Daniels: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not a surprise at all. I was actually surprised they waited as long as they did.Ã‚Â Behanan had a terrific summer and he proved when he plays hard he is a handful to defend.Ã‚Â His toughness is unmatched in the paint and heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a much better scorer than people give him credit for.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a little different than the type of guys Calipari has gone after recently. Behanan is a long-term college player. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not a guy I see going one-and-done, or two-and-done for that matter.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“What I like the most about Chane is his intensity. When he plays hard and really gets after it inside there arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t many guys in the country that can guard him. He has a great set of hands, good mobility and can score in the paint in a variety of ways.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What are your impressions of the DeAndre Daniels’ recruiting saga and how does Kentucky fit into the picture?
Daniels: Ã¢â‚¬Å“I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think Daniels really knows what he wants to do. He contemplated going to the 2010 class, but I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think he had enough time to make a decision. From the sound of it, heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be heading to prep school. Kentucky is involved, but I wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢tÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ say they are the leader that some have made them out to be. Involved and in the mix? Certainly. But I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think any one school is sticking out right now.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: How does a player go from a relative unknown 18 months ago to now being No. 1 in the Scout.com senior ratings like ChicagoÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Anthony Davis, another UK commit, did? Have you seen other players make a jump like that?
Daniels: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Growing six inches in a year and a half is a start, which is exactly what Davis did.Ã‚Â We saw flashes of what he could do in the spring and he started putting the whole package together in July. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a special talent. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never seen a rise like this. ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s been fun to watch.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Question: What do you think lies ahead between now and November in recruiting for Calipari, especially after they also landed Kyle Wiltjer?
Daniels: Ã¢â‚¬Å“At this point, they are just working on getting kids to campus and targeting a few more guys in the 2011 class. They are off to a great start and are looking to finish off the 2011 group.Ã¢â‚¬Â