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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting Targets Take Stage at Nike EYBL Atlanta

Catlanta was full of potential Wildcats.


Several targets amongst Kentucky basketball’s recruiting cycle took the floor in Nike EYBL’s latest event Atlanta from May 11-13.

The massive 8-court complex of the LakePoint Sports Champions Center hosted 18 different teams from Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League containing the top high school players from across the country.

Among those were 2019 Kentucky commit Tyrese Maxey, who averaged 22.5 points over four games during the weekend. When he wasn’t playing in games, Maxey was styling a noticeably-blue Kentucky shirt around and doing his part to help John Calipari out with recruiting.

“Oh yeah I am,” Maxey said when asked if he was doing any recruiting there. “Keion (Brooks), James (Wiseman), Cole (Anthony), a few others. Trying to get my recruiting game on.”

Keion Brooks and James Wiseman are both major targets for Kentucky, and both shined at EYBL along with fellow Kentucky commit DJ Jeffries. However, Cole Anthony has been considered a heavy-lean to Duke and has had little noted connection to Kentucky.

A point guard that Kentucky has been linked to is Jalen Lecque, who showed off a wide variety of skill and talent during the circuit. With Maxey staying put in the class of 2019, there has been ongoing speculation of Lecque potentially reclassifying to 2018 and committing to Kentucky. Lecque declined to speak to media throughout the weekend.

Numerous notable NBA figures were also in attendance. Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade was there to watch his son Zaire play in the youth games.

Former Duke star Marvin Bagley was there supporting his former EYBL team on the side. Russell Westbrook and Bradley Beal were also checking in on their affiliate teams.

The Nike EYBL circuit will make its next stop of the season in Hampton, Virginia on May 26.