Posted On: 11/16/18 1:00 PM
Most of Kentucky’s top ranked seniors are committed and signing their letters of intent in the coming weeks. There are still several really good players available and more than likely looking to sign in the spring after their senior seasons are over. Let’s take a look at the top available seniors in Kentucky.
- Michael Moreno, Scott County – Moreno has over 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds heading into his senior year and is the best player on everyone’s state title favorite. Michael holds plenty of college offers already and has been on official visits to Eastern Kentucky and Winthrop this fall. Barring a surprise commitment, I expect Moreno to hold off and see if any other schools come calling before the April signing period. Whatever school gets Moreno will be getting a proven winner and glue guy who should help any college win a lot of games.
- JJ Kalakon, Waggener – One of the best isolation scorers in the class, Kalakon once held three D1 offers but told me this weekend that his recruiting is quiet these days. JJ is long and athletic at 6’4 and projects as a big point or combo guard at the next level. Whatever school ultimately lands Kalakon is going to get a versatile scorer who has a very high IQ.
- Jordan Graham, George Rogers Clark – The best available point guard in the class, Jordan is big, strong and athletic with a good IQ and the ability to guard multiple positions. He holds 5 offers from NAIA, D2 and D1 schools but is taking his time in the process. Depending on how his Senior season goes, he could go mid major D1 or could even take a prep year. Jordan has several options and his recruiting should be interesting to watch.
- Trevon Smith, Taylor County – Kalakon’s AAU teammate, Smith is a high school version of Jamal Crawford. He’s a skilled lefty who can get hot and score 15-20 points in a quarter when he’s at his best. Tre still needs to keep adding to his game as he ages but he has a really good scoring package. As he learns to prioritize defense and improves his right hand, Smith should be a mid major D1 player.
- Brennan Canada, George Rogers Clark – Graham’s teammate at GRC, Canada is a rarity in Kentucky as he is a legitimate 6’7 stretch 4 who should shoot in the 40% range from three this season. To boost his stock, Brennan needs to get more physical in the post and he’s capable of doing that. If he can increase his rebounding and scoring efficiency he should be a low D1 or high D2 player by graduation. His super high academics should help.
- Derrin Boyd, Caldwell County – The best kept secret in Kentucky basketball is Senior Derrin Boyd. The latest in a line of D1 level talents that coaches miss because of overlooking western Kentucky, Boyd is a strong and athletic combo guard at almost 6’3 and should be on college radars. Don’t be surprised if he goes to a good junior college and winds up at a mid major or better D1 after a season of Juco. He also carries a 4.0 GPA!
- Darius Osborne, PRP – For Darius, it’s time to turn potential into production. He has the long wingspan, athletic ability and skills of a really good college player. Unfortunately, Darius hasn’t been able to show his ability that frequently in high school. He was offered by Nicholls State this summer and could find his way there or even a little higher level before signing day if he can have the breakout season many are waiting to see from him.
- JJ Ramey, South Laurel – Ramey is extremely bouncy and can really shoot the ball. He needs to continue improving his ball handling and mid range game but he has multiple NAIA scholarships already and could play at the small D1 level in the right situation. Definitely one to watch this season.