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VaughtÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s note: Matt Kamalsky of draftexpress.com offers his insights on John CalipariÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s recruiting class as well as the possibilities for the upcoming draft in this series. He also encourages UK fans to follow draftexpress.com president Jonathan Givony on twitter. His account is @DraftExpress or go to twitter.com/#!/draftexpress.
By MATT KAMALSKY
Michael Gilchrist wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t dominant in practice (at the Nike Hoop Summit), but he was consistent the whole week and showed why heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a one-and-done candidate and potential top-5 pick (in the 2012 draft).Ã‚Â There is no denying his athletic gifts and versatility, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s one of those prospects that can do all the other things that donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t show up in the box score.
He needs to get stronger and improve his jump shooting ability, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be dominant in transition early for coach John Calipari.Ã‚Â Few incoming freshman forwards in the country can defend, handle, and pass like Gilchrist can.
Kyle Wiltjer isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t a great athlete, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s gotten a lot better since I first saw him two years ago.Ã‚Â At the time, it was clear that he hadnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t grown into his body yet, and he struggled with his consistency because of that.Ã‚Â His play at the Hoop Summit game itself wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t inspiring, but looking at his body of work in All-Star competitions, it is hard to be anything but positive.
At this point, he has all the makings of a phenomenal offensive role player.Ã‚Â He isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t adept at creating his own shot outside of the post, but his spot-up shooting ability, one-dribble jumper, and ability to use both hands around the basket will give UK a welcome scoring punch off the bench. With time, Wiltjer could develop into a terrific stretch four, which will only help the type of guards Cal recruits.Ã‚Â He may not have the same amount of NBA potential as UKÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s other commits, but heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a multi-season contributor with a great pedigree and a good head on his shoulders.
Marquis Teague needs to learn some of the same lessons Brandon Knight struggled with this season.Ã‚Â He has the tools to create at will, and if he hones his decision-making to maximize the talents of the players around him, UK is going to be a nightmare matchup for most of the teams in the country. HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be big time one way or another, but his efficiency as a passer will determine how far the team is able to play into March.
Depending on how the season plays out, Teague could factor into the first round of the NBA draft as early as next season.