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By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has only one verbal commitment in its 2014 recruiting class — New Jersey power forward/center Karl Towns.
Yet perhaps the best indicator that Kentucky coach John Calipari is convinced he can put together an elite recruiting class again is looking at who is not coming to UK, especially since several sources close to Calipari have indicated that UK will likely sign six players in 2014 because of anticipated departures to the NBA.
Start with Angel Delgado, a 6-8 power forward with multiple ties to Kentucky who has committed to Seton Hall. He is a consensus top 50 player. Dana Dingle, one of Calipari’s former players at Massachusetts, is Delgado’s AAU coach. Dingle was also a high school teammate of UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua.
He had offers from Louisville, Miami, Virginia and several others before committing to Seton Hall.
Next there is 6-8 power forward Craig Victor, who committed to Arizona over the weekend.
And now there is Indiana guard James Blackmon Jr., the son of former Kentucky player James Blackmon,. He originally committed to Indiana when he was a freshman but has decided to open his recruitment. He is a prolific shooter and made it known quickly he wanted the offer from UK that he got.
That list of prospects is why having Delgado, Victor and Perkins pick other schools is not seen a problem by Calipari because he believes he’s well positioned still to make another run at a No. 1 recruiting class.