After visiting five-star forward Matthew Hurt on Friday UK head coach John Calipari traveled across the country to checkout another five-star target.
Kentucky head coach John Calipari is completing an in home visit today with top-five junior Matthew Hurt; tomorrow, he heads to south Florida to see top ranked 2019 Vernon Carey Jr, per source @RowlandRIVALS
— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) April 6, 2018
Calipari seems hungry when recruiting for the class of 2019. He checked out Tyrese Maxey on Thursday and UK seems to be in a solid spot with almost all its top 2019 targets.
But Carey Jr. may be the best of the bunch. He’s currently ranked No. 1 in the class by Rivals and many believe he’s better than mega-UK target James Wiseman. For the record, I would take Carey Jr., today over Wiseman but Wiseman has more potential.
Let’s breakdown some of their games, shall we?
Hurt- The five-star forward from Minnesota. He’s 6-foot-9, 200-pounds and maybe the best offensive player in the class. Some have compared him to Kyle Wiltjer but besides both being white and solid shooters there games aren’t overly similar. Hurt doesn’t shy away from contact and is more athletic. Duke, Kansas, UNC and Minnesota are considered to be the top players.
Carey Jr.- The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward reminds me a lot of DeMarcus Cousins. He’s physical, he’s big, he’s a bully and he has a mean streak. While UK is making Wiseman a priority don’t sleep on Carey Jr. The reason there hasn’t been as much hype surrounding Carey Jr. is because many assume he won’t end up at UK. The Cats aren’t the likely favorites as of today, but UK is in the hunt. Miami (Fla.), Duke, Kansas are presumed leaders with the slight edge possibly going to the Blue Devils. Luckily he may still be uncommitted in a year. Plenty of time for Calipari.
Maxey- He’s my favorite guard in 2019, even over Hagans (who will move to 2018). Maxey is a freak athlete but is a good shooter from outside, too. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that UK visited Maxey first.
Read more about Maxey here.
The #1 recruit in the state of TX @TyreseMaxey of @SGColonelSports had a great first home visit with this guy, @UKCoachCalipari and Coach Barbee! Maxey is a 5-star recruit & 1 of the top HS Guards in the Nation pic.twitter.com/3eptIKHtIk
— Jabari Johnson (@coachjabari) April 5, 2018
UPDATE- Per Drew Franklin UK will also send assistant Joel Justus to Pendleton County to see Dontaie Allen. Another possible Kentuckian for 2019? Possibly!
Also, it appears will checkout Keion Brooks. I wouldn’t expect Calipari to be in on that visit and it appears it will be Justus making the trip.
Kentucky will be in for a visit with five-star forward Keion Brooks tonight https://t.co/FEkiy1wIAx
— Brian Snow (@BSnow247) April 6, 2018