Basketball Recruiting News
By TJ Walker on ©October 19th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Five-star wing Keion Brooks starts his official visit to Kentucky this weekend and it will determine if the Cats actually have a chance at landing the Hoosier native. Brooks plays for La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.) and has already taken official visits to UCLA and Indiana and will check out North Carolina (Nov. 2nd) and Michigan State (Nov. 16th) after seeing Lexington. He is also considering Purdue.
In the spring and early in the summer some considered the Cats the team to beat for the versatile wing, but once UK landed commitments from Dontaie Allen and Kahlil Whitney on the wing many assumed that Brooks would look elsewhere. It seemed UK was content having two wing players in 2019 and would turn its attention to the frontcourt. That wasn’t the case. Kentucky kept contact with Brooks and he has been open to hearing UK’s pitch.
Lexington, Kentucky ?
— Keion Brooks Jr. (@KeionB_12) October 19, 2018
We’ve been told that UK would like to add one more perimeter player to the class of 2019. When the Cats missed out on five-star shooting guard Scottie Lewis (Florida) it’s now down to Brooks, Jaden McDaniels and Cole Anthony as the remaining options for Kentucky.
Indiana is currently the heavy favorite. Brooks had an interesting quote to the Indianapolis Star saying representing his state is important to him:
“We’re not called the basketball state for no reason,” he said. “I take pride in representing my state, representing my city where I’m from, so that really plays a lot in my decision of what I’m going to do.”
Let’s hope that the visit goes well enough he changes his mind and gets out of the stinkiest state in America.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 17th, 2018 @ 8:30pm
Yet another dominoe in the class of 2019 is set to fall this week, as four-star forward Aidan Igiehon will be announcing his decision this Friday.
The 6-foot-10 big man out of Woodmere, N.Y. announced on Twitter this evening that he will make his college announcement at his high school on Friday at 12:15 p.m. ET.
“??????????” I guess it now comes down to making a choice. Decision day this Friday 12:00 at Lawrence Woodmere Academy. ?? pic.twitter.com/RuEsNM53Nu
— Aidan Harris Igiehon (@Big_harris22) October 17, 2018
Igiehon recently cut his list to four schools, with Kentucky joining Louisville, Oregon, and St. John’s as the finalists.
John Calipari has yet to offer the four-star, and talks between both sides have been minimal over the last few weeks, at best. In fact, the four-star big man had a visit scheduled to Kentucky, but that fell through in favor of a visit to Louisville. Considering the obvious tea leaves and what analysts are saying, signs are pointing toward Igiehon committing to Louisville on Friday.
Kentucky big man target Oscar Tshiebwe will also make his decision this weekend, announcing his choice on Saturday at some point.
Final decision is coming up soon on October 20th???? and go show me love on instagram–oscartshiebwe???? pic.twitter.com/tiE6J6d3R5
— Oscar (@Oscartshiebw) October 10, 2018
Like Igiehon, momentum with Tshiebwe has stalled significantly, as most analysts believe the five-star center will be committing to West Virginia. Bob Huggins and the Mountaineer coaching staff has been building a relationship with Tshiebwe since he first came to the states several years back, and though Calipari made a solid push, they feel the long-term relationship will win out in the end.
Two Kentucky targets will be off the board by the end of the weekend, and barring a major surprise, neither of them will end up in blue and white.
After taking his official visit to Kentucky for Big Blue Madness this past weekend, Vernon Carey got some more face time with John Calipari this afternoon.
Rivals’ Corey Evans is reporting that Cal went to see Carey today in Florida. This weekend, the five-star big man will take his official visit to Duke. After that, he’ll visit Miami on October 26 and North Carolina on November 2.
How did Carey enjoy his trip to Kentucky? Despite his family’s travel problems getting to Lexington, TJ Walker’s sources said they had a great time; in fact, TJ says he believes the Cats are still the leader for Carey’s services. For more on that visit, check out TJ’s Insider Notes from yesterday.
And then enjoy some highlights:
By TJ Walker on ©October 15th, 2018 @ 11:00pm
Did you have a good weekend? Did you enjoy Big Blue Madness? I was in Texas at a wedding, so I had to miss the festivities but watched the replay and have heard nothing but great things about John Calipari’s 10th BBM. All three UK commitments were in attendance and five-star center Vernon Carey. The Cats hosted a plethora of 2020 guys and even a few players from the class of 2021.
Here’s the latest.
Let’s start with the biggest eye-popper of the weekend. Above was an Instagram story post (if you’re unsure of what that is, it’s just a social media post) from Vernon Carey’s mother. It certainly didn’t seem like a positive update regarding UK’s chances. Seven poo emjois, whatever, but when you plop an eighth that’s when you know things aren’t great. I’m told that UK’s staff was aware of the post and wanted to get to the bottom of what happened and the answer may surprise you. Or maybe it won’t.
The post had nothing to do with UK or the family’s time in Lexington. It’d be crappy if it were about UK, but it wasn’t. The post was 100 percent and entirely about their travel getting to Lexington. Hurricane Michael made things complicated along the Florida Panhandle and east coast. “(They) were delayed like four times and then cancelled on flights getting in,” I was told by someone more familiar with the post. Once again, it had nothing to do with their time in Lexington or UK’s presentation.
That supposedly went great (drink). I feel better about UK’s chances than I ever have in the past and I’ve said in the past that I thought UK was the leader. That was a couple months ago, but I still think the Cats are the leader. I need to mention that he is fresh off a visit to Kentucky and it was his first official visit this fall (he officially visited Michigan State back in February). Players, staffs, people ride high after an official visit, that’s how this works. UK’s visit will now need to holdup against official visits to Duke (10/19), Miami (10/26) and UNC (11/2). Michigan State may or may not get another official visit (new rules would allow it). A month is a lifetime in a recruitment so I’m not ruling out things possibly changing, but I think Carey ends up at Kentucky unless he’s persuaded on one of his other official visits.
I truly believe UK could have Wiseman/Carey frontcourt for the 2019-2020 season.
KSR broke the story last week that Hurt wasn’t visiting Kentucky for Big Blue Madness.The intial post was false from the jump and nearly every website ran with the idea that Hurt was going to be on campus this weekend. It wasn’t that the visit was canceled or the Cats aren’t in a good enough position to land an official from Hurt, but despite tossing around the idea, Hurt never finalized plans to travel to Lexington for Big Blue Madness.
I believe he will be in town for an official visit during the season and Hurt won’t make a final decision until the spring. Hurt may see what other bigs in the class do, and how current NCAA players are projecting for the NBA Draft and that could impact his decision. I’m not sure if UK is the leader, but they’ll be right there until the end. There’s nothing to worry about with the news of him not being in Lexington this weekend.
He will announce on Saturday and I expect him to pick WVU. I have one AAU source that believes it will be UK, but all other signs point towards West Virginia so I’m not going to go against the grain on this recruitment. UK’s staff hasn’t conceded, but I do know that WVU’s staff would be “shocked” if Tshiebwe ended up elsewhere. There was also a report from Illinois insiders that said they heard Kentucky is out of the running. They also said that Kahlil Whitney was going to Illinois so I wouldn’t put too much stock into that.
We’ll see how it all goes down on Saturday, but UK did a good job in this recruitment. They made huge strides in a short amount of time, but when the host family is pulling out all the stops for Tshiebwe to go to WVU that makes it tough, especially when the Mountaineers have been on the kid for years instead of months.
I’ll watch the decision and won’t be shocked if it’s UK, but as of today I’m going with WVU.
He officially visited Vanderbilt over the weekend and it appears the visit went well (drink). Like I’ve been saying for months, there’s going to be a third-party school that creates and generates buzz. I don’t know if it will be Vanderbilt. We also heard good things about the Kansas visit. My guess is it will be Florida State that gets the majority of the third-party momentum after he visits the Seminoles at the end of the month. This upcoming weekend he will allow for Memphis to pay for his visit, but he’s already been on that campus and around that staff several times so I don’t think you’ll hear too much new news after this weekend. Of course this won’t hurt the Tigers’ chances, but I doubt it changes the big picture.
One thing to look for- I would be worried if Wiseman signs in the fall. He may commit in mid to late November, but if he commits in early November and plans to sign in the fall that would worry me about UK’s chances. People close to UK thought he wouldn’t wait until April or May, but they definitely don’t think he signs in November, so if that happens that would be a surprise and surprises aren’t usually great in recruiting.
Some good news is I’m told that the three UK commits this weekend were talking about Wiseman joining their class. Obviously they were spending time with Carey all weekend, and I’m told they also like UK’s chances with Carey, but supposedly they were confident (mostly Maxey/Whitney, supposedly) about Kentucky’s chances with Wiseman. On the one hand, they may have been just talking optimistically about their friend and shooting the breeze, but on the other hand they are all friends. They may have more insight into these recruitments than any expert. I’m not hanging my hat on their prediction, but it’s certainly not bad news.
- 2020 guys: I hope to have more later this week and maybe next week, but I’ve been told UK feels good about their chances with Jalen Johnson. He’s the small forward from Wisconsin that many have pegged for Duke, but I’m not so sure. I wouldn’t expect a decision anytime soon. It was Johnson’s second BBM visit.
- Isaiah Stewart: Welp, it would be a big surprise if he ends up at Kentucky. Supposedly the family has had a change of heart after the dad was all about Kentucky. Make of that what you will.
- Keion Brooks: He will visit this weekend. I think he likes UK but I’d be surprised if Brooks went anywhere besides IU.
- Jaden McDaniels: He took his first official to San Diego State where his brother plays. Expect to hear of an official visit to UK soon. There’s a quiet confidence about UK’s chances in this recruitment.
- Cole Anthony: He will visit Oregon this weekend. There’s been next-to-no buzz surrounding UK’s chances. I’d just start rooting for him to end up at a place like Oregon or Notre Dame so he doesn’t possibly cost UK a Final Four or title down the road.
Today in James Wiseman news: the No. 1 player in America is spending the weekend in Nashville. The Music City native is staying close to home for his official visit to Vanderbilt.
Now, does anyone really believe Wiseman will end up anywhere other than Kentucky or with Penny Hardaway in Memphis? Probably not. Nevertheless, the 6-foot-11 power forward is making sure to take full advantage of all of his options – he’s already taken a visit to Kansas and has a trip to Florida State scheduled for the end of the month.
Wiseman was not in the audience for last night’s Big Blue Madness, but don’t worry – he attended the event last year as a junior, alongside future commit Tyrese Maxey and eventual de-commit DJ Jeffries.
Even though he missed this year’s BBM, he saw quite the show during today’s Vandy-Florida football game altercation… Dan Mullen vs. Derek Mason – who ya got?
By KSR on ©October 11th, 2018 @ 7:00pm
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One of the top prospects on Kentucky’s recruiting guest list will not be in Lexington this weekend.
KSR’s T.J. Walker has been told Hurt will not be at Rupp Arena for Big Blue Madness. Hurt still plans on visiting UK, but the initial reports of a trip to Lexington this weekend were false.
Hurt is considered the No. 2 power forward in America by the 247 Composite Rankings and the No. 6 player overall. Most recruiting experts believe Kansas leads for Hurt, with UK, UofL, Minnesota and North Carolina in the mix not far behind.
Hurt has hosted John Calipari for an in-home visit, but he has yet to make the trip to Lexington to see the Kentucky campus.
We’ve known since mid-July that Vernon Carey Jr. has plans to visit Kentucky for Big Blue Madness. He said at the Peach Jam he will take most of his official visits in October, one of which will be to Kentucky for Madness.
Now we know things haven’t changed and Carey will be in attendance Friday night. He tweeted about the trip with a fancy graphic to confirm the visit:
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) October 10, 2018
The five-star center, ranked second overall in the class, will also take official visits to Duke (Oct. 19) and Miami (Oct. 26), as well as a trip to North Carolina in November. Those in the know assume it will come down to Duke or Kentucky in the end.
By KSR on ©October 10th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
Before recruits descend upon Lexington for Big Blue Madness, T.J. Walker is back for another exciting episode of Hardly Committed. T.J. tells you who will be at Rupp Arena this weekend after a candid conversation with Rivals’ Krysten Peek. Later in The Annex, T.J. and Nick stay on the Halloween train with a discussion on “Here Comes Treble.” Highlights:
— What went down during Oscar Tshiebwe’s official visit to West Virginia.
— That time Jaden McDaniels and Kahlil Whitney got into a scuffle.
— Two big 2019 recruits that could be especially impressionable at BBM.
— Who will be officially visiting UK in the near future.
— One Advantage for Dontaie Allen.
— What do we think of Erin and Nelly?
— Toby Flenderson: Big Creep.
— An acute Monster Mash observation.
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The end of Oscar Tshiebwe’s recruitment is in sight. The five-star big man just posted on his Instagram account that he will announce his college decision on October 21.
Tshiebwe is coming off his official visit to West Virginia and the Mountaineers are the heavy favorite in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball, accounting for 90% of the predictions, including that of Evan Daniels; however, Tshiebwe’s coach told TJ Walker yesterday that there is no leader right now. Coaches are expected to come in for final pitches this week.
West Virginia’s been recruiting the Congo native the longest, but Kentucky would provide the best path to the NBA. Who will win: the heart or the head?
By TJ Walker on ©October 09th, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Easy come, easy go… maybe. After taking the lead in 247 Sports Crystal Ball just eight days ago, Kentucky now has zero picks after National Recruiting Analyst Brian Snow became the last expert to switch from UK. Snow has Stewart going to Washington.
UK was riding high in Stewart’s recruitment after he announced his second official visit would be to Kentucky after the Cats were able to jump back into his recruitment despite being cut in the spring. Stewart even cut his list again later in the summer and the Cats were still excluded.
But with Kentucky needing several frontcourt players for the 2019-2020 season the Cats reached back out to Stewart and were warmly received. John Calipari was able to conduct an in-home visit and shortly after Stewart announced he would officially visit Lexington on Sept. 28th. After the visit Crystal Ball picks flooded in for Stewart to commit to UK.
Since that visit Stewart hasn’t scheduled any other official visits, which seems like good news for Kentucky, but after the USA Junior Minicamp over the weekend there has been almost no pro-Kentucky buzz.
I wasn’t in Colorado over the weekend, so I didn’t hear all the juicy rumors. I can tell you people close to UK still think they’re in a solid spot for Stewart. Surprisingly, the rumors are that Stewart’s family prefers Kentucky but others close to him prefer other schools. Lately in a few recruitments it’s been the other way around.
My guess is we hear of an official visit to Michigan State in the next couple weeks and that may be why the majority of former UK picks switched to the Spartans.
Stewart seems on pace to commit and sign in the fall, although there’s no guarantee his recruitment is wrapped up by November. For what it’s worth, Evan Daniels’ pick is still “foggy”.
He had a great showing in Colorado, so let’s hope the 247 analysts are wrong and UK can land the powerful center.
— Courtside Films (@CourtsideFilms) October 9, 2018
By TJ Walker on ©October 09th, 2018 @ 1:00pm
The official visits are completed and now all that is left is the decision for five-star center Oscar Tshiebwe. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Kennedy Catholic (Hermitage, Pa.) star, born in Congo, returned home from his official West Virginia visit on Monday and will make a final decision in 7-10 days, his coach Tom Droney told KSR.
A decision date in that 7-10 day window will be decided on after this weekend.
WVU is the heavy favorite in Tshiebwe’s Crystal Ball logging 90 percent of the picks, but UK is thought to be right there with West Virginia. The Mountaineers have been recruiting Tshiebwe for years, but we’ve been told that Tshiebwe is impressed by UK’s pitch and track record with bigs. In what seems to be a head vs. heart decision for Tshiebwe, WVU continued to work on strengthening that bond over the weekend.
“Oscar had a good, productive visit at WVU,” Droney said. “He has obviously been to campus many times but this was his first time getting a tour of the campus, seeing school buildings, and getting to spend more time with the team away from the basketball facilities.
“He’s going to make his decision in 7-10 days and now he is weighing the pros and cons of all his options.”
Tshiebwe is also considering Baylor and Illinois, but those two schools are longshots to land a commitment from the bruising center.
Droney said coaches will be permitted to get in final pitches this week, so don’t be surprised to hear of coaching staffs from all four schools coming and visiting Tshiebwe one final time. John Calipari has already visited a couple times.
Droney told KSR last month that he believed WVU was the leader (before his visit to UK) but it’s unclear where things stand now.
“I don’t think there is a leader at this junction,” he said.
By TJ Walker on ©October 08th, 2018 @ 2:00pm
The USA Basketball Junior Minicamp concluded over the weekend and there was unsurprisingly plenty to talk about. UK commits Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney were there and did some much needed recruiting for the Cats, plus we have interesting news from some of Kentucky’s biggest targets in the class of 2019.
Let’s get to the notes.
I don't know how it all shakes out but I feel really good about UK landing two of Stewart, Wiseman, Carey and Hurt. https://t.co/omzBuo3h5u
— T.J. Walker (@TJWalkerKSR) October 8, 2018
Carey: He talked in Colorado about wanting to play with Isaiah Stewart or James Wiseman in college. He also said that he would like to decide in 2018 after initially planning to decide in the spring. We heard a few other players mention they may be announcing earlier than anticipated, but while Carey had mentioned the spring as his timetable he never seemed adamant about it. Both of these things are incredibly interesting and seem like positives for UK, especially wanting to play with Wiseman and Stewart.
What I found to be most interesting is that he said some pitches involve him being the guy on the frontcourt and others involve him playing with another star like he will be doing in the NBA. He admitted he liked the former pitch. Again, also great news for UK.
Wiseman: The five-star center seems almost certain he will make his college decision by the end of January at the latest, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he decides in November. The biggest news from this weekend with Wiseman is how he continues to say it’s not just between Memphis and Kentucky. He still has visits planned to Memphis along with Florida State and Vanderbilt, but I still think the Cats are the team to beat. I don’t blame Wiseman for reiterating that all five schools have a chance and I wouldn’t really expect him to say anything different, but people behind the scenes that know Wiseman’s recruitment have told me that UK has put in the most work and Wiseman and his family have a stronger connection to UK’s staff than any other. Then you mix in UK’s platform and available playing time, I think the Cats are in a great spot.
Stewart: There wasn’t a great deal of tell when it came to Stewart’s recruitment over the weekend, but the sooner we hear of a decision date the better for UK. He currently hasn’t set any other official visits and if that is still the case in a month than Stewart will likely either already be committed to Kentucky or the Cats will be the clear favorites when he does announce a decision. But, I’m hearing at least one other official is likely and probably two. That will change things for Stewart but I like where things stand as of today. One analyst that was in Colorado told me he was the best big.
Hurt: As we get surprised by new timetables for other recruits, Hurt doesn’t appear to be in any sort of rush. I love Hurt’s game and I think UK has done a good job in his recruitment, so nothing would surprise me, but I’m told there’s a lot of Kansas buzz after this weekend. Again, it doesn’t seem like there will be a decision anytime soon, and that’s good for UK and Hurt, but the connection Hurt and Bill Self made this summer being together for USA Basketball may be too tough to overcome.
So, how does it shakeout?:
I don’t know. If UK doesn’t currently lead for Carey, Wiseman and Stewart I think the Cats are easily in second. Second doesn’t mean anything in recruiting, but it shows the Cats are right there. Without using an inside source for this take- it seems like the odds would indicate that two of those guys end up at Kentucky. UK will be losing its entire frontcourt, a couple of those players have mentioned playing together and it would come as a surprise if UK misses on three out of the four.
Carey and Hurt will be on campus this weekend for Big Blue Madness. I know UK jokingly, but also serious, extended the invite to Stewart and Wiseman to also come and check it out, but Wiseman will be in Nashville checking out Vandy and it seems unlikely that Stewart returns to UK so suddenly when he’s still debating on taking other official visits.
This is a big weekend for UK’s chances with Carey and Hurt. I think the Cats can make up a lot of ground on Hurt and maybe extend its lead with Carey.
He visited West Virginia this weekend and sadly I won’t hear more of the visit from folks close to Tshiebwe, including his coach, until later this evening or tomorrow. I’ll be sure to make a post based on what I’ve heard. Tshiebwe won’t return home until later this afternoon, so we don’t have much information at this point.
I was told the visit went well (drink) and that WVU was really pushing how long they have been recruiting him and how they have considered him part of their family for years. Of course Tshiebwe’s host parents are pushing WVU. They made the trip with him to Morgantown but skipped the trip to Lexington.
If Calipari can pull this one out it would be something special from a recruiting standpoint because the odds were stacked against UK from the beginning. I still think UK has a chance but I need to hear more from the official to WVU.
I was told by someone out in Colorado that Kahlil Whitney could go down as John Calipari’s best wing player. Ever. Better than Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who was the No. 2 pick in the NBA Draft. Whitney’s growth over the last few months is incredibly promising and while we figure out the big situation in 2019 it should make Kentucky fans feel better knowing the backcourt and wing will be elite in 2019-2020.
Cole Anthony: He will being visiting Oregon this weekend. Notre Dame, UNC and Oregon have landed visits from the best point guard in the class. Two left for Anthony. If UK doesn’t land a visit there’s no chance, but I think it’s a longshot regardless if he checks out Lexington. It’s a bummer because he’s that good, but UK should be fine in the backcourt next season.
Keion Brooks: He will officially visit UK on 10/20 and I think I made a mistake somewhat moving on from this recruitment. Since UK missed on Scottie Lewis I’m told that Brooks is the next option for UK. They want to use him like a Kevin Knox (I don’t think it’s an amazing comparison FWIW, Knox was a much better scorer at this level) but both were incredibly long and Brooks is still versatile. I don’t think he ends up at UK, but the Cats have convinced him it would work.
Jaden McDaniels: He will visit San Diego State officially this weekend, where his brother plays. It’s his first announced official visit. A little piece of me is wondering if McDaniels will make all five official visits. Obviously he will have to officially visit UK for the Cats to have a chance. I don’t think he ends up at UK but they are giving him the same pitch they are giving Brooks and he’s receiving more attention after Lewis picked Florida.
Jeremy Roach: He will officially visit Duke (remember, 2020 kids and a few 2019 kids get more official visits). UK has had the lead in this recruitment for months and I don’t think that changes just because he officially visits Duke. Often UK has to make up ground in recruitments but this is one where the Cats have the lead. Great player in 2020 that’s worth getting to know.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©October 07th, 2018 @ 4:00pm
Over the past several months, we’ve heard on numerous occasions that John Calipari is interested in a dynamic 2019 frontcourt pairing featuring both Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman, two top-three prospects in the class.
More specifically, he noticed just how well the Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins frontcourt duo worked in New Orleans last year, and he wants to emulate that next season at Kentucky. Wiseman plays a very similar style to Davis, while Carey has drawn comparisons to Cousins for years. Bada-bing, bada-boom.
Both elite big men have mentioned being interested in that potential scenario on several occasions in the past, though they each reiterated they would make the best decisions for themselves.
Yesterday, however, Carey added gasoline to the flame yet again by saying he would not only mind playing with another elite big man, he welcomes it.
In an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today, Carey said he is extremely interested in playing with both Wiseman and Kentucky target Isaiah Stewart.
“I think it would be great,” said Carey. “I feel like I have the type of game that can play with anyone. So, yeah, I’d love it.”
Carey said he watched how well Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter played together in the frontcourt at Duke last year, and he’s excited to see Kentucky’s ridiculous big men depth with Reid Travis, PJ Washington, EJ Montgomery, and Nick Richards this season. If that’s the recipe for a national title, that’s what he’s going to do.
“Some schools are selling me on playing with another elite big and some are focusing on me,” Carey said. “I think it’s more attractive to play with another big, actually. I think it would help both of us. I want to win and whatever gives us the best chance to do that is what I want to do.”
So what about Kentucky, in particular?
In an interview with Corey Evans of Rivals.com, Carey said the one-and-done aspect is intriguing, and Kentucky commitments Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey are pushing hard for the elite big man to join them in Lexington.
“Coach Cal (John Calipari) has just said that he really wants to coach me and that I can be a go-to guy and a one-and-done there. He has just been saying that Kentucky would be the best place for me.
“I have been talking to Kahlil (Whitney) and Tyrese (Maxey) about Kentucky; we are all going their next weekend for Big Blue Madness, along with RJ (Hampton), I think,” said Carey. “They are just saying that they have some of the best crowds in college basketball and Coach Cal and Coach (Kenny) Payne, along with the other assistants, they are all a good, collective group. Coach Cal has compared me to DeMarcus (Cousins) and Anthony Davis.”
Carey has four official visits scheduled in the next four weeks, with Kentucky coming first (October 12), followed by Duke (October 19), Miami (October 26), and UNC (November 3). After those visits, it’s decision time.
“After I take my officials, I’ll probably get my decision over with,” Carey told USA Today. “I should know by then. My goal is to sign during the Early Signing Period. If it’s with another big, I think that’s great, but either way, it’ll be what I feel is the best situation for me.”