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Kentucky Wildcats Recruiting: Recruiting News from the Weekend

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Just a quick catch-up on the plethora of Kentucky Wildcats related recruiting news from the weekend. There was a bunch of stuff, so we'll go bullet points on this one.

  • Rashad Vaughn: John Calipari visited the 2014 shooting guard from Minnesota on Friday. On the visit, Vaughn received a scholarship offer. It's worth noting since Calipari has yet to officially offer another five-star shooting guard, D'Angelo Russell, a Louisville native. Vaughn's list is extensive, but he likes hometown Minnesota, as well as Lone Star schools Texas and Baylor. Syracuse, Kansas, Louisville, and others have also offered.
  • Arsalan Kazemi: The Rice transfer had listed Oregon and Kentucky as his two preferred transfer destinations. Kazemi visited Oregon over the weekend and picked the Ducks soon after, leaving little chance for the Wildcats to get involved. It helped that Oregon has yet to start classes, allowing Kazemi to enroll this year and possibly apply for a hardship waiver.
  • Andrew & Aaron Harrison: Umm, you may have heard something about them. As always, truth lies somewhere in between, but Wildcats have reason to be bullish. It's still best to accept everything said with a grain of salt until their actual commitments.
  • Tyler Roberson: After receiving an in-home visit and an offer from Calipari last week, Roberson kept the Wildcats on his list of finalists, which he trimmed to six. SMU, Syracuse, and Kansas are locks for official visits. Kentucky, Rutgers, and Villanova are also involved. Roberson will likely visit Kentucky, but it won't be for Big Blue Madness; he'll be at Kansas that weekend.
  • Noah Vonleh: Vonleh, a top ten recruit in the 2014 class, announced his decision to reclassify to 2013. Vonleh recently turned 17 in August, making him old for his class. The Wildcats had shown preliminary interest, but Calipari had not visited Vonleh this fall. With a number of top targets already marked by Calipari, it seems unlikely that Vonleh will be hotly pursued by Kentucky. Indiana, Ohio State, North Carolina, Kansas, Louisville and Arizona are in the mix.
  • Cliff Alexander: The 2014 center may visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. Alexander took an unofficial visit to Michigan State last weekend, with the Spartans and Wildcats considered early co-leaders.
  • Recruits by the Wayside: Ben Roberts (Lexington Herald-Leader) has a nice recap of this. First, Calipari has still not visited Jabari Parker, and it's doubtful that the Wildcats will make Parker's list of finalists. Demetrius Jackson, thought to be a backup point guard target in case Kentucky loses out on Andrew Harrison, will decide between Illinois and Notre Dame. He intends to announce his decision Thursday. Finally, Beejay Anya is no longer listing Kentucky. At center, the Wildcats have moved on to Marcus Lee and Kennedy Meeks.