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Calipari visits 5-star 2020 point guard, Sharife Cooper

Calipari visits 5-star 2020 point guard, Sharife Cooper

They always say no rest for the weary so, naturally, John Calipari is back on the road.

Today, he was in Georgia, visiting 5-star Sharife Cooper. The 2020 recruit is currently listed as the No. 2 point guard in his class and the No. 21 overall player, according to 247Sports. He received a scholarship offer from Kentucky back in September while on his unofficial visit.

Now, he’s planning his official visit. Cooper is tentatively scheduled to make his way back to Lexington for the Auburn game on February 23. Interestingly enough, Cooper’s Crystal Ball is currently 80 percent Auburn and 20 percent Kentucky. Plus, Cooper’s high school teammate, 4-star small forward Isaac Okoro, signed with Auburn back in November. Could Bruce Pearl and the Tigers steal the show when they come to town for their matchup against Kentucky?

As if it wasn’t already important enough for the Cats to get a win over Auburn… Now, they also need to come out and impress Cooper. Rupp needs to be rocking for this one.

Just look at that hair – Sharife Cooper belongs at Kentucky.


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Five-star center Isaiah Stewart verbally commits to WASHINGTON

Isaiah Stewart, a consensus five-star, top-six prospect in the class of 2019, has verbally committed to play basketball at Washington. He announced his decision on ESPN during halftime of a Hoophall Classic game. The news comes after weeks of speculation, including a crystal ball report that heavily favored the Huskies. Here’s a video of the announcement:

In his interview with 247 sports, Stewart said Washington coach Mike Hopkins was a big factor in his decision.

“At first, I wasn’t leaning towards them, but the more Coach Hopkins and I continued to talk, he’s a guy like me and different and works hard. He wants to start his own legacy and that’s what I want to do,” Stewart said. “He’s a coach I trust to push me harder and help me accomplish my goals.”

But his commitment doesn’t stop there. Like most recruits, Stewart plans on helping his new school continue to bring in elite talent.

I’m going after Jaden McDaniels now,” Stewart said. “We’re trying to build something out there… If we get him, man, game-changer.”

Jaden McDaniels, if you’ll remember, is the No. 5 overall player in the Rivals rankings, and another top target for the Wildcats. He’s already been offered a scholarship and taken an official visit, but the Washington native hasn’t yet committed. National analyst Corey Evans believes UK and Washington are the two most likely landing spots for McDanielsThat’d be a huge miss for Kentucky at this point.

Throughout the recruitment process, Stewart took official visits to Kentucky, Duke, Michigan State and Syracuse before ultimately picking the Huskies. Over the last week or so, KSR sources have thought Washington would most likely be Stewart’s final destination, and today’s news finally confirms that. KSR’s Jack Pilgrim will have plenty of additional information in his “Monday Insider Notes” post tomorrow afternoon.

After missing out on Vernon Carey (who is committed to Duke) and now Isaiah Stewart, John Calipari and the Cats are back in the market for a big man.


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