Within the span of 45 minutes on Thursday evening, John Calipari and Kentucky’s 2105 recruiting class shot up to the top of the rankings.
Two verbal commitments from five-star prospects in 6-11 center Skal Labissiere and 6-3 combo guard Isaiah Briscoe made all the difference for a Kentucky program who had only nailed down guard Charles Matthews to date.
Sure, it’s true that ultimately neither player could end up with the Wildcats by the spring signing period — Briscoe said he was going to wait to sign his National Letter of Intent until the spring signing period, and it’s been widely discussed that Labissiere’s guardian, Gerald Hamilton, may talk the big man into a professional career overseas — but Thursday’s announcements were without a doubt some good publicity for Kentucky.
Briscoe’s commitment may help some other dominoes fall for Calipari’s next class.
The star point guard is close friends with Antonio Blakeney, another top-25 guard who backed out of his commitment to Louisville earlier this fall, and they’ve discussed playing together in college.
“We’re tight,” Briscoe told ZagsBlog about Blakeney in October. “Every camp, everywhere we go, we’re always roommates and all that, so we’re pretty cool.”
Blakeney is also considering LSU, Missouri, Oregon and USC.
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