University of Kentucky recruits basketball players by scouting AAU showcases and high school basketball games to look for the country's top high school players. The basketball coaches then send these players letters and make home visits in order to gauge the players' interest and convince them to attend the university. The recruited athletes are allowed to take official visits to the university, and then they finalize their commitment by signing a national letter of intent.
One of the most important reasons why Kentucky is a hot destination for top high school players is because the university has sent the most players to the NBA in the last decade. High school athletes are eager to attend the college that will help them reach the goal of becoming a multi-millionaire. Some star NBA players that Kentucky's current head coach Brad Calipari coached are Derrick Rose, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Karl Towns, and Anthony Davis.
Brad Calipari has been called shady because of his ability to recruit the country's best players. While he was the head coach at University of Massachusetts and University of Memphis, his players were caught accepting money and involved in cheating scandals. Because of those incidents, his recruiting tactics have been under scrutiny, but no allegations have yet surfaced while Calipari has been head coach at Kentucky.