Three top 15 players from Kentucky have both committed to IUPUI. Hell to the YEAH! More after the jump.
One of the coolest things I noticed about all of the recruits is they love the way Head Coach Ron Hunter and his coaching staff push players to get the most out of themselves. Booyah.
All three are expected to sign early letters of intent during the November signing period.
Bowling Green (KY) Warren Central's 2011 class has a couple top Kentucky recruits, and one of them has decided to come to IUPUI. Shanklin is a 5'11 point guard who will likely gain experience next winter playing under now-junior 1-guard Stephen Thomas. Though he was entertaining offers from Portland State, South Dakota, and The Citadel, IUPUI offered something none of the others could: A chance a great education. "
The 6'4 (or 6'5, both are listed), 200lb guard is considered one of the top recruits from the state of Kentucky. Averaging 15 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists his junior year, Barksdale garnered interest from Morehead State and Lehigh, in addition to IUPUI. Rumors also place Arizona State and Western Kentucky. He is considered one of the most sought-after back court recruits in all of Kentucky.
ScoutKentuckyPreps.com has Barksdale playing a big-2 or little-3 position, which will fit perfectly into Ron Hunter's offense.
In May of 2009 he was only 5'10, he was a backcourt prospect on the rise. By September of 2009, Barksdale was listed as the 11th best player of the 2011 class, but since then he has grown three inches and continues to improve by leaps and bounds.
Barksdale has this to say about his commitment: