Sometimes the best recruiter for a big-time target is simply a fellow recruit.
That may be the case in Marques Bolden's recruitment. With Duke and Kentucky both strongly in the running for Bolden, he's getting heavily pursued by commitments from each team.
For Kentucky, it's fellow Texan and five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox, who's putting the full-court press on Bolden this week at the McDonald's All-American festivities.
Fox says he's jokingly told friend and No. 1 center Marques Bolden "I'll break his kneecaps" if he doesn't come to UK.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016
Fox says of Bolden joins the Cats, "it's over." Doesn't want to say it would be a perfect team, "but a perfect team."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016
Fox says Calipari openly talked about building a "super team" in recruiting this group.— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016
Fox also admitted he'd love to play with current UK point guard Tyler Ulis, who is likely leaving for the NBA draft this year.
De'Aaron Fox says "I'd really like to play with Tyler" Ulis. "He'd reach you how to run a team."— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 28, 2016
But not only is Ulis likely not coming back, it's really hard to see any scenario where UK has enough room for both Ulis and Bolden on next year's team. It's already going to be a challenge for John Calipari and UK to find room to add Bolden, but it's clear both they and Fox are really pushing to make it happen.