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Calipari is Hosting a Five-Star Point Guard on an Unofficial Visit


Mark Stoops isn’t the only one using today’s matchup with Florida to recruit.  The third-ranked point guard in the 2018 class, Ja’Vonte Smart, is taking an unofficial visit to Lexington today, according to Evan Daniels.  The five-star point guard is the No. 13 player in the class of 2018 in the 247 composite rankings.

From Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Kentucky’s coaches have made it a point over the last two years to see Smart play every time they’re in town to play LSU, but John Calipari has not yet extended a scholarship offer.  The Tigers are currently the favorite for the hometown kid.  Baylor and Kansas are also in the mix for Smart.

Below are highlights from Smart’s 40-point performance from last month.

Smart isn’t the only elite underclassman at today’s game.  According to T.J. Walker, Elijah Elliot, Kyky Tandy and Davis Johnson will also be at today’s game.

Elliot is a 6’3″ junior shooting guard who plays prep ball with API out of Dallas, Texas.  Tandy and Johnson are sophomore standouts from the state of Kentucky.  From University Heights in Hopkinsville, Tandy has already visited Louisville a few times.   From Trinity High School, Johnson is also on UofL’s early radar.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

6 responses to “Calipari is Hosting a Five-Star Point Guard on an Unofficial Visit”

  1. Blue Beard

    I will start donating monthly to KSR if it means we can loose the autoplaying adds with audio. Delete this comment if you want, just something to think about and pass down the command chain. GO Cats!

    1. Han

      I’m not looking to subscribe, but I’d also love if the Hey Kentucky! clips wouldn’t autoplay and leave me scrolling and scrolling trying to find where it’s hiding.

      I’d also a fan of Cats in the NBA and other long posts (Wendy’s Twitter posts) utilizing a “Read More” expansion so I don’t have to scroll all the way past them when trying to scroll down to news I’ve missed and work my way up. I guess it’s intentional, but it makes the blog a lot more bulky and probably makes it load slower.

  2. ekywildcat

    Agree on the autoplaying adds, really pizz me off. Being a local kid would be the only reason I could see a kid going to LSU as long as Jones is the coach.

  3. Cat68

    Agree 100% on those autoplaying ads. Make ’em stop please!

  4. @GoCayts

    Any chance one of these guards could reclass to 2017?

  5. Han

    Depending what Briscoe is going to do (he strikes me as a “2-years is longer than I wanted to be here” type like Lamb, but I could be wrong), we’re gonna be really inexperienced at guard. Wonder if there are any grad transfers out there Cal could pick up? Hard to get them when you have 5-stars coming in, though, as most people don’t transfer to be a 6th or 8th man off the bench. Maybe a Juco, though they seem to struggle in their first year here, anyway.

    Hopefully Cal will bring in another couple long-term players that can be serviceable off the bench or be glue guys, though we’ll still be crazy young next year if Briscoe does go.