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REPORT: James Wiseman will stay in the class of 2019


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After months of speculation, 2019 No. 1 prospect James Wiseman told reporters he would not be reclassifying to 2018.

“No, that’s not an option,” Wiseman told Al Willman of Rivals.com. “I’m just going to stay in 2019.”

In fact, Wiseman doesn’t even know where the reclassification rumors came from.

“I really don’t know,” Wiseman said. “I have no clue (where they started). I was just looking on Twitter and they were talking about it. It was crazy.”

Though he plans on staying in the class of 2019, Wiseman says Kentucky is near the top of his list and Calipari is recruiting him extremely hard.

“I’ve got Kentucky visiting me a lot,” Wiseman said. “Coach Calipari has been talking to me. Really, it’s just Kentucky reaching out to me the most. He has been texting me almost every day, checking on me to see how I am.”

The top prospect of 2019 says Coach Cal believes he’d be a great fit in his system at Kentucky.

“He just wants me to work hard, because Kentucky does a lot of pick-and-pop plays with bigs, and stuff like that,” Wiseman said. “He thinks I’d be a good fit for that system.

Wiseman visited Kentucky for Big Blue Madness, and he said it’d be great to be part of that someday.

“The atmosphere was crazy,” Wiseman said. “The fans were just going crazy for the players. For me to go there, it’d be great.”

Wiseman’s decision leaves the Wildcats in a tough situation, as they have no scholarships extended to any big men in the class of 2018, and options are limited at this point. Moses Brown is the likely option, but most analysts see him as a long-term project in college. Will they look for someone else to reclassify? Will they find a graduate transfer?

That being said, this leaves Kentucky in fantastic position with several of the top prospects in 2019, and things are set up well for a monster recruiting class then.

To read the entire Rivals article, head here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

10 responses to “REPORT: James Wiseman will stay in the class of 2019”

  1. BigBlueMeade

    I’m not super worried about having big men next year. Which of our bigs are ready for the NBA? SKJ? Wenyen? PJ? Nick? None of them seem ready yet and will need at least one more year in college to solidify a first round or early 2nd round draft position.

    1. GM1978

      Completely agree…..1 or both of the current bigs will be around next season

    2. Rembrandt

      Nick Richards is 6-11, 240 with length and skills. He improves every week. Some NBA team will draft him in the first round. Richards, Diallo, and Knox are gone after this year. If that happens, we will have eight or nine players (depending on JV) coming back with KilleyaJones and Winyard being the only fives. Cal knows he needs to bring in another five in the spring. He believed he would get Bol, now he is regrouping.

  2. timewilltell

    So much for Matt’s big 15 minute rant on KSR that he would reclassify. Typical news hype.

  3. Jiminy Crickets

    didnt we hear how 2018 was going to be a “Monster”? Yet all of Cals top targets (with possible exception of Zion) have gone elsewhere.

    1. Rembrandt

      News flash. UK signed targets Quickley, Johnson, Herro.

    2. dismore

      News flash. Herro wasn’t a “target”. He decommitted from Wisconsin and made it known he was interested in Ky.

  4. chris43

    It’s kinda Zion or bust IMO.

  5. LegggoooCats

    Matt Jones is a liberal moron! The only reason this site is any good at all is because of the others on here.

  6. urincatland

    Coach K is wearing Cal out at his own game. Since he started recruiting one and dones he has taken the top spot. If Kentucky were playing a schedule they did couple three years ago they’d already have 3-4 losses. Zion will be a DUKIE, write it down!! LegggoooCats, they’re all Liberal Morons…