As always John Calipari is closing in on another top ranked recruiting class — in case you hadn’t heard, Tyler Herro went for 43 points on Tuesday night — but as we all know there are still scholarships to fill, and at least one mega-star left on Kentucky’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.
That’s because 24/7 Sports recruiting czar and FS1 analyst Evan Daniels joined Aaron Torres on KSR’s new podcast, “The Aaron Torres Sports Podcast” on Tuesday and gave an update on Williamson’s recruiting.
The truth of the matter is that the update on Williamson’s recruiting is, there is no real update at all:
“The truth is there’s not a lot to [update],” Daniels said. “He 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 couldn’t pick one. I really couldn’t… I think Clemson and Kentucky get the most buzz, but I don’t know that means they’re leaders or anything like that.
There’s a ways to go. I don’t think that Zion Williamson has an idea of where he wants to go to school. I really don’t. As of today I don’t think he knows that he’s going to a specific school. I know that’s a roundabout way to tell you that there’s not a lot new. But that’s the deal with Zion Williamson. I think he’ll take some unofficials, but I don’t think he’s close to making a college choice.”
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 wouldn’t surprise Daniels:
“No it wouldn’t [surprise me if he picked Clemson]. It wouldn’t at all. He’s from not too far from there [Clemson]. He’s been there a bunch. He has a relationship [with the coaching staff]. They’ve done a really good job recruiting him.
Now I’m not saying they’re going to get him. But they’ve done a really good job recruiting. He doesn’t strike me as a kid whose afraid of doing something different.”
To listen to Evan Daniels’ full interview with Aaron Torres, click here