Earlier this month, LaMelo Ball enrolled at the Spire Institute in Ohio to finish his high school basketball career. After spending some time playing professionally in Lithuania, he wanted to play his senior year in America.
Shortly after this announcement, he talked about wanting to play college basketball at Kentucky, Duke, or North Carolina. At first, everyone laughed this off due to him obviously being ineligible after playing in Lithuania and reportedly signing with an agent.
But last week, doubt started to creep in as LaMelo shared online that he was in Lexington.
No type of visit whatsoever has been confirmed, and it is probably the case that he was on his way to Atlanta to play with Spire at The Skills Factory that weekend. But this Instagram post certainly sparked conversations around the state about whether or not fans would like to see LaVar Ball and his son come to Lexington.
Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog has now reported that the Kentucky coaching staff is expected to be at the PSA Cardinals Prep Showcase in Pottstown, PA on December 9th, where Ball is playing. In fact, coaches from Duke, Syracuse, UConn, West Virginia, and Oklahoma are also going to be in attendance.
However, Kentucky appears to be coming to see one Terry Lockett.
West Virginia and Kentucky have been in the last two days at Spire Institute for 2020 prospect Terry Lockett.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) November 30, 2018
Only thing is, Spire doesn’t have a football program. Lockett is HM football player, has done real well on the basketball floor as well.
Lockett has actually been recruited on the hardwood and the gridiron as a two-sport star. He is ranked as a three-star prospect in football but doesn’t have a basketball evaluation.
The 6-0, 165-pound wide receiver would be a guard at the college level. Maybe Calipari is keeping an eye on him as a potential multi-year guard.
There are several other top high school programs participating in the event, but there seem to be no other Kentucky targets scheduled to play. Aside from Lockett and Ball, the top available 2019 prospect is three-star forward Karim Coulibaly. Four-star 2020 forward Jabri Abdur-Rahim is also going to be in action, but he is not in contact with Kentucky either.