Over the weekend the best and the brightest from the class of 2014 got together in College Park, GA. As part of the Super Soph Camp which has become a premier showcase for the “Who’s Next?” of high major high school hoops got the opportunity in front of the brass of ESPN recruiting.
As a sign of a resurgence of basketball talent that the state of Kentucky has not seen in more than a decade an amazing 12 players from the state of Kentucky were invited to attend the festivites in the Atlanta suburb and 10 of those attended. The young men that headlined the state’s contingent from Louisville were Central combo guard DeAngelo Russell, Ballard’s Quinten Snider and Kelan Martin, Trinity’s Craig Owens, and PRP’s Antonio McDaniels. This is probably the best sign of a much needed resurgence from the bluegrass state as it was once a haven for some of the best in the nation on the hardwood but has fallen by the wayside lately and has not been in the same stratusphere is our neighbors to the north in Indiana.
Yet while earning the invite is a huge honor and signifies that you are considered at this point to be in the cream of the crop in your class that was not enough for the boys from Kentucky. Three were given the distiction of making the top 20 players in the camp being selected for the premier all-star game. Snider, Russell, and the suprisingly strong effort turned in by Johnson Central forward Shane Hall each were selected and played well in the game. Henry Clay’s Trey Grundy was selected to the top 40 game as well.
This signals a turnaround to the longest drought this state has seen for a generation and though these players are still very young and have 3 more years of high school it definitely signals a positive shift for the state. This turnaround didn’t start with these young men though as the state had one of the strongest senior classes this past season with several of the states top players earning high major scholarships. Led by McDonald’s All American Chane Behanan from Bowling Green, Louisville signee and J’Town grad Zach Price, Indiana signee and Eastern grad Remy Abell, LSU signee and Christian County grad Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma St. commit and Rowan County grad Adam Wing, and Western grad and Louisville commit Ryan Taylor the state had a renaissance this year with a ton of great players and great teams harkening back to the glory days of the 90’s and earlier.
The state definitely looks to be heading into a new golden age of high school basketball hoops and if you are a basketball fan you will be treated to a ton of high level hoops over the next few season and hopefully long into the future. The annual showdown is the weekend between the Kentucky and Indiana All Star teams which has been dominated by Indiana for the better part of the last decade, and with a team that now has the talent to compete with the Hoosier state’s elite maybe we can let those Indiana boys that things are about to change.