Update on Teki Gill-Caesar: Will He Join Kentucky Wildcats in 2014?

Jason MarcumCorrespondent IIIJanuary 19, 2014

Jul 18, 2013; Washington, DC, USA; Team Canadaplayer Mantaque Caesar-Gill (8) dribbles the ball against Team USA East player Khadeen Carrington (7) during the Nike Global Challenge at Trinity University. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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The Kentucky Wildcats continue to recruit Montaque "Teki" Gill-Caesar, a 6'5" shooting guard from Huntington Prep (W.Va.). This, despite the fact he's a recruit in the class of 2015, but UK is interested in him as a 2014 prospect.

He's been contemplating a reclassification to the '14 class for some time now, but in an interview with Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports, he revealed that decision to be still up in the air:

“I'm still thinking about it,” Gill-Caesar said at the Hoop Hall Classic. “It's up in the air right now. I have no definite timetable or anything of when I'm going to be making a decision.

It would just be a hype thing. In 2015, I would have more hype around me. Going in 2014, I would have to build up a reputation because they kind of have all their guys set up already, so I would have to prove myself.”

At least he's admitting it's a "hype" thing. Recruits typically don't like to make their intentions known until the last possible second in order to build up the attention being paid to them. 

Gill-Caesar already visited Kentucky earlier this year and liked what he saw:

“I like the atmosphere [at Kentucky],” Gill-Caesar said. “It's crazy. All the fans are behind the players, regardless of whether they're playing good or bad."

Gill-Caeser ranks among the top 25 players in most major recruiting services. He's No. 24 in Rivals' rankings and No. 19 in ESPN's rankings, and UK could certainly use him if shooting guards Aaron Harrison and James Young declare for the NBA draft. 

Both players are classified as "mid or late first-round draft picks" in Chad Ford's latest top-100 draft prospect rankings, and those two freshman figure to see their stock continue to rise as the season goes on. 

There's nothing wrong with Gill-Caesar waiting until possibly the summer to decide whether he'll reclassify or not, and given Kentucky's recruiting success, they'll be alright without him next year if he stays in the 2015 class.


Jason Marcum is a student in the B/R advanced sports media program. You can find more of his work at Stripe Hype and follow him on Twitter @UK_Fans