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James Wiseman is enjoying himself on his official visit to Kentucky

Photo: @BigTicket_JW

The No. 1 player in the class of 2019 is having a great time on Kentucky’s campus.

James Wiseman is currently on his first official visit, where the Wildcat coaching staff is showing him around what could be his future locker room.

He sent out the following tweet this evening:

Side note, are those two uniform combinations without checkerboards? Looks like it.

Ashton Hagans also posted the following picture on Instagram, where he was in the car with the elite big man.

Oddly enough, John Calipari sent out this video on Twitter, unboxing a gift he received this afternoon from Anthony Davis.

Davis is Wiseman’s favorite NBA player and has said on multiple occasions that he models his game after the former Wildcat. And Coach Cal showed off this gift while Wiseman is on campus. What are the odds?

Bring him on home, coach.


Kentucky Basketball hires recruiting analyst

Kentucky Basketball hires recruiting analyst

In an effort to stay on top of the recruiting game, John Calipari made a change to his staff. Brady Kennedy, who has been with the program since 2012, has been promoted to the newly-formed role of recruiting analyst.

“Recruiting will always serve as the lifeblood of our program,” Calipari said in a release from UK. “I think our success in getting and developing kids over our time here speaks for itself, but as our game continues to change, we wanted to have someone who would oversee what we’re doing from an organizational standpoint. Ultimately we get who we are supposed to get and they come here because of the success we’ve had with our players on and off the court, but we are always looking for ways to improve the consistency of our message and managing how we are delivering it to potential future players.

“Brady has been with us for a while now in various roles and has always stood out for his hard work and versatility. When he came to me with some ideas of some ways we can do things more efficiently, I was all for it. I’m looking forward to seeing how he can grow this role to take our recruiting efforts to the next level.”

Kennedy joined the program in 2012 as a student manager and in 2016, went full-time as a video graduate assistant. In his new role, he will assist with the day-to-day recruiting operations of the program, including but not limited to facilitating communication and correspondence efforts for prospective student-athletes, managing the schedule of prospects during on- and off-campus visits, assisting with travel arrangements of the coaching staff for recruiting, and developing marketing ideas to connect with potential future Wildcats.

Congrats to Kennedy on the promotion. Go Cats.


Vernon Carey Jr. schedules in-home visit with Kentucky

USA Today

Just a few hours after James Wiseman scheduled an in-home visit with Kentucky, another elite big man in the class of 2019 has followed suit.

According to Corey Evans of Rivals.com, Vernon Carey Jr., a top-three player and top-two center in 2019, has scheduled an in-home visit with Kentucky next week.

He will host John Calipari and company on Tuesday, September 11, one of five total in-homes next week. 

Miami will get the first visit on September 9, followed by Duke on September 10, Kentucky on the 11th, Michigan State on September 12, and UNC on September 13.

Carey will also take an official visit to Kentucky on the weekend of October 12, followed by Duke on October 19, Miami on October 26, and UNC on November 2.

Most of the attention has been on Miami, Michigan State, and Duke, but sources told KSR’s TJ Walker that the Cats are in excellent position with Carey, likely in his top-two. Calipari has been pitching the DeMarcus Cousins comparisons to the elite prospect, something he is extremely fond of. Carey has said several times in the past that he actually models his game after Cousins, so it’s a match made in heaven.

Watch him work:

Bring home both Carey and Wiseman, Coach Cal. We need Cousins and Davis v.2, and we need it now.

(Rivals)


James Wiseman schedules in-home visit with Kentucky next week

Photo: Jon Lopez / Nike

Kentucky will have back-to-back chances to sway the No. 1 recruit in 2019 to Lexington.

James Wiseman, a 7-foot center from Memphis, TN, already has an official visit scheduled to Kentucky this weekend, where he’ll head to Lexington on Thursday night and stay through the weekend.

Now, according to 247 Sports, he has also scheduled an in-home visit with John Calipari next Wednesday, one of three visits his family will host throughout the week.

He also has meetings set up with Penny Hardaway and his Memphis staff on Monday, and then Bill Self and Kansas on Tuesday before Coach Cal and company arrive on Wednesday.

As for Wiseman’s official visit list beyond Kentucky this weekend, he will head to Kansas the weekend of September 28, Vanderbilt the weekend of October 14, and Florida State the weekend of October 25.

Back in July, Wiseman officially cut his list to eight schools: Arizona, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis, North Carolina, Texas, and Vanderbilt.

Most believe his recruitment will come down to just Kentucky and Memphis, though his mother said that’s not the case.

“We have our options wide open. Kansas keeps in touch all the time, Vanderbilt is always on him, Florida State is emailing and texting, they’re on him. It’s not just Kentucky and Memphis,” she told 247 Sports late last month. “Right now, we’re just scheduling visits with different schools that we want to visit. Everybody is to the point now where they want to say that James is going to Memphis.”

While Coach Cal rehearses his best pitch for what should be a crazy week for the program, take a look at Wiseman’s EYBL mixtape from this summer:

Come on down, big fella.


Hardly Committed E7: Preparing for Visits and the Dundies

Hardly Committed is back a day early after a holiday weekend to help you prepare for a September that is filled with official visits on Kentucky’s campus.  T.J. Walker is also joined by Oscar Tshiebwe’s coach and Nick Roush to talk about the Dundies, the first episode in season two of The Office.  Highlights:

— An incredibly brief football recruiting update.

— An announcement of an announcement that did not feature an announcement.

— Kentucky is “all in” on Matthew Hurt.

— Zebra print is the worst.

— Forecasting Kentucky’s future post players.

— The Annex adds a celebrity listener.

— A plot-hole in the Dundies.

* Unfortunately, this recording wrapped up about 15 minutes before Bryan Antoine committed to Villanova. Reaction will have to wait until next week.

Subscribe to Hardly Committed on iTunes or via Android’s Podcast Addict app to get the podcast delivered directly to your phone.  You can easily listen on the KSR App, available on iTunes and Google Play, and streaming online is simple through Pod Paradise.