The most important part of recruiting in any sport is building relationships. John Calipari is one of the best at that, and he was in New Jersey on Wednesday to show his commitment to future Wildcat Kahlil Whitney.
Whitney was leading his Roselle Catholic team against one of the top high school teams in the country, the Ranney School. He was honored before the game for his recent selection to the McDonald’s All-American Game, but he was not the only guy in the building that will be playing in that prestigious event.
The Ranney School has two McDonald’s All-Americans of it’s own in Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. Lewis and Antoine were both Kentucky targets last year before committing to Florida and Villanova, respectively.
With Florida and Villanova struggling this season, and Kentucky being the hottest team in the country, you would have to imagine that Coach Cal’s swagger is at an all-time high at this event.
However, Calipari really is about what is best for each individual player. As you can see in any game where the Wildcats take on a player he once recruited, he goes out of his way to greet those guys and wish them well.
I am sure that he had nothing but kind words for Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine at Wednesday’s game. But I am also certain that Kahlil Whitney and his family got all kinds of love from Cal before and after the big game. Whitney plans to officially sign his National Letter of Intent to play at Kentucky on May 3rd.