As always John Calipari is closing in on another top ranked recruiting class â€“ in case you hadnâ€™t heard, Tyler Herro went for 43 points on Tuesday night â€“ but as we all know there are still scholarships to fill, and at least one mega-star left on Kentuckyâ€™s big board. That player is of course Zion Williamson.
While there had been initial buzz that Williamson might commit in the early signing period, that buzz came and went, and as things stand Zion remains uncommitted and unsigned. He now cannot sign any official paperwork until April, and it sounds like he may need the five months between now and then.
Thatâ€™s because 24/7 Sports recruiting czar and FS1 analyst Evan Daniels joined Aaron Torres on KSRâ€™s new podcast, â€œThe Aaron Torres Sports Podcastâ€ on Tuesday and gave an update on Williamsonâ€™s recruiting.
The truth of the matter is that the update on Williamsonâ€™s recruiting is, there is no real update at all:
â€œThe truth is thereâ€™s not a lot to [update],â€ Daniels said. â€œHe took four official visits. Kansas first, then Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina. Clemson and South Carolina are still certainly involved. I think all six are legitimately involved.
If you asked me to give a favorite right now, I couldnâ€™t pick one. I really couldnâ€™tâ€¦ I think Clemson and Kentucky get the most buzz, but I donâ€™t know that means theyâ€™re leaders or anything like that.
Thereâ€™s a ways to go. I donâ€™t think that Zion Williamson has an idea of where he wants to go to school. I really donâ€™t. As of today I donâ€™t think he knows that heâ€™s going to a specific school.Â I know thatâ€™s a roundabout way to tell you that thereâ€™s not a lot new. But thatâ€™s the deal with Zion Williamson. I think heâ€™ll take some unofficials, but I donâ€™t think heâ€™s close to making a college choice.â€
So Clemson and Kentucky are getting the most buzz, huh? Could Zion follow in the footsteps of so many other big-time high school players in recent years like Michael Porter Jr., Mo Bamba or Markelle Fultz and choose a non-traditional school like Clemson over a blue blood like Kentucky?
It wouldnâ€™t surprise Daniels:
â€œNo it wouldnâ€™t [surprise me if he picked Clemson]. It wouldnâ€™t at all. Heâ€™s from not too far from there [Clemson]. Heâ€™s been there a bunch. He has a relationship [with the coaching staff]. Theyâ€™ve done a really good job recruiting him.
Now Iâ€™m not saying theyâ€™re going to get him. But theyâ€™ve done a really good job recruiting. He doesnâ€™t strike me as a kid whose afraid of doing something different.â€
To listen to Evan Danielsâ€™ full interview with Aaron Torres, click here