By LARRY VAUGHT
With all the buzz surrounding the decision by four University of Kentucky signees not to play in the Derby Classic so they can play in two other all-star games that are nationally televised, why not let DraftExpress.com analyst Matt Kamalsky share a few insights on Marquis Teague, Kyle Wiltjer, Michael Gilchrist and Anthony Davis.
Scout.com has Davis currently ranked as the top overall prospect in the 2011 class. ESPN has him second and Rivals.com sixth. ESPN and Rivals have Gilchrist third and Scout has him fourth. Teague is rated the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s second best player by Rivals, sixth by Scout and eighth by ESPN. Wiltjer is 15th in ESPNÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s ratings and is ranked 22nd by Scout and 25th by Rivals.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Marquis Teague is a lot like his brother in terms of his ability to create separation whenever he wants to. It will be important for him to focus on being a point guard first and a scorer second when he gets on campus to help maximize his value around the players coming in with him,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kamalsky said.
What about Gilchrist, a player many had No. 1 in this recruiting class for a long, long time?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Michael Gilchrist is one of the most impressive high school players IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve followed since I started working for DraftExpress. His jump shot is lagging behind his other skills, but he defends, passes and attacks like a pro. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a star in the making, no doubt,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kamalsky said.
Wiltjer is perhaps not quite as well know, so how good is he?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Kyle Wiltjer isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t an imposing athlete, but his learned how to use his body better since he appeared on the national recruiting radar.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s also become a significantly more consistent perimeter scorer. His midrange game always looked good, but the results have gotten better and better. His ability to space the floor as a freshman could be invaluable to UK next season,Ã¢â‚¬Â Kamalsky said.
And will Davis inside be the final piece to UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s championship puzzle next season?
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Anthony Davis has some things in common with Perry Jones III at Baylor. Both are extremely tall, long on potential, and have incredible skill-sets for their height, but lack strength and polish,Ã¢â‚¬Â the draft analyst said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Davis has more perimeter tools that Jones, while Jones is a better athlete.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Davis is a late bloomer who may need some time to adjust to the college game, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s considered a top recruit for a reason.Ã‚Â HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s going to tap his offensive potential in time, but his ability to provide something of a shot blocking presence will be key to KentuckyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s success next season.Ã¢â‚¬Â