Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Who leads for top '14 guard?
By Matt Giles
Emmanuel Mudiay is regarded as one of the top guards in the 2014 class, and as spring turns to summer, it's likely his name will be mentioned incessantly in recruiting blogs and on Twitter. What visits Mudiay will take, what his finalists are, and when he will be decide are several of the questions that will constantly fill RSS feeds until the 6-foot-4 guard makes a decision.
Mudiay's list is reportedly diverse, with potential suitors ranging from SMU to Baylor to Kentucky. We had also heard St. John's was attempting to become involved with the guard, but Jerry Meyer of 247 Sports offered what we consider a definitive take on what programs will have the best chance to land Mudiay: "Kentucky big favorite and then Arizona and Baylor."
What is interesting about Meyer's analysis is that it is now possible to envision what John Calipari believes his roster might resemble in two years. Ryan Harrow may (or may not) still play his college ball at Rupp Arena; it's clear that he should return to Lexington after his sophomore season, but aspects of his game may change over this upcoming summer. UK will welcome Aaron and Andrew Harrison in several months, but if the buzz surrounding both prospects is accurate, they will not need much seasoning in the college ranks. If all three guards leave following the 2014 season, Calipari will be forced to depend on a newcomer, and Mudiay might be waiting for the challenge.