Lamb set to announce decision Saturday
Shooting guard Doron Lamb is nearing a college decision and will make his choice known in his hometown of New York at the Jordan Brand Classic Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
His father, Calvin Lamb, says it's about time.
"He's pretty sure, yeah. By now, he's gotta be," said Calvin. "He's got it at least down to two. He likes them all, but I'm pretty sure he's probably leaning toward a favorite. We'll sit down one last time when he comes home. He basically has it, but he just wants to make sure."
The presumed favorites are Kansas and Kentucky, with West Virginia also in the mix. Lamb has also been considering Arizona, UConn and Oklahoma.
UK coach John Calipari, along with assistants Orlando Antigua and Rod Strickland -- also Bronx natives -- paid a visit to Doron at Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Va.) last week and also met with Lamb's parents in New York.
At the McDonald's All-American game, Lamb said that is a strong connection and that both Antigua and Strickland are still very well respected in the Big Apple.
"It's real strong," Lamb said. "I know Orlando. His brother is the coach at St. Raymond's in the Bronx. Rod Strickland is an Oak Hill alumni and he comes by the school a lot and talks to me a lot. He's a great coach. [People in New York] speak very well of them. Their names hold weight in New York."
The player's father said Kentucky "is in good standing."
"They met with Doron and met with us in New York," Lamb said. "They basically said it's a good fit for him, his style, his game. It's fast-paced and that's his style. They're right there. That's one of his top schools."
At 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, Lamb possesses one of the best mid-range games in the 2010 class and could help a UK club that struggled to shoot the basketball at times last season.
Playing time could be readily available for Lamb, something that he said will play a huge factor in his recruitment. The Wildcats are losing three seniors (Ramon Harris, Mark Krebs and Perry Stevenson) to graduation and possibly five underclassmen (Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, Daniel Orton, Patrick Patterson and John Wall) to the NBA Draft.
"That's a big thing, who's leaving and can I play right away," said Doron, the No. 6 shooting guard and the No. 29 overall player in the ESPNU 100. "I just want to know who's leaving I know all about the schools, just who's leaving. I just want to play right away. That's the main thing."
"Calipari told me the whole freshman class is leaving, [Daniel] Orton included," Doron said. "There are a lot of players leaving and he has nine spots left. He said that I'd fit right into the system and play right away and he'd love to coach me."
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With the likelihood that both Wall and Bledsoe are expected to be taken in the first round of this summer's NBA Draft, that would mean Calipari will have produced four first-rounders in the last three drafts -- all at the guard position. Calvin says that is something the family is looking at.
"I would think that would factor into anyone's decision. We've been paying attention to it. I'm happy for those guys, Wall and Bledsoe. Coach Cal did a good job with them," Calvin added.
With so many spots and so many minutes to go around, the Wildcats find themselves in the mix with a lot of the top unsigned talent in the country, including Terrence Jones, C.J. Leslie, Josh Selby and others. Brandon Knight, ranked No. 4 in the ESPNU 100, signed with Kentucky on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period. Calvin Lamb said none of their decisions will affect Doron's.
"[Cal] said they were recruiting other people but it doesn't affect my son. They're not at his position plus he needs to be around good players," said Calvin. "He understands that."
Both Doron and Selby -- who are extremely close -- said at the McDonald's game that there is a "50-50 chance" they will attend the same school. Both are slated to make their announcements Saturday.
"I really don't know. [Attending the same school] could happen. Doron is going to pick which school he likes and if Josh picks the same one that's a big plus," said Calvin.
Calvin said he is proud that his son will make his college choice in front of the hometown crowd at Madison Square Garden.
"It's exciting for me and I'm happy for him because he's worked hard," Lamb said. "His friends and family are going to be there and it's nice to get to do it in front of a New York crowd."
Chris Fisher writes for ESPN affiliate and Kentucky fan site KentuckyInk.com.
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