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.
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