After losing Zion Williamson to Duke last weekend, Kentucky’s options are fairly limited to finish out the class of 2018.
Moses Brown was seen as the likeliest target for the Cats, but an offer from Kentucky never came, and he committed to UCLA. James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2019, is rumored to reclassify, but we won’t hear anything on that for the next several months.
Beyond that, only three of ESPN’s top-25 recruits have yet to commit to a school: No. 5 Romeo Langford, No. 7 Anfernee Simons, and No. 16 EJ Montgomery.
Langford and Kentucky had a mutual breakup this past summer following their time in Egypt, leaving just Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Kansas for his services.
The other two, however, are now being listed as options for the Wildcats.
Simons, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Florida, was committed to Louisville since November of 2016. After the highly-publicized FBI investigation with the school, Simons decommitted last September.
Florida and Tennessee have been seen as the leaders in his recruitment, but according to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, there is mutual interest between Simons and Kentucky, and that could pick up in the near future.
Roberts says that though there has been no reported interest between both parties, “don’t be surprised if that changes in the coming weeks.”
This morning, news broke that EJ Montgomery listed Kentucky as a finalist in his recruitment, and that the Wildcats had offered a scholarship.
Montgomery, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward out of Georgia, also said visiting Duke would be a priority of his in the coming weeks.
ESPN’s Jeff Borzello told Roberts that even with the Duke interest, he expects Kentucky to win out in the end if it becomes a two-horse race between the schools.
“I’ve been told that Kentucky’s made a stronger push, Duke’s made a stronger push. And right now, in my opinion, I’m guessing Kentucky would be the more likely of the two to really keep pursuing him, given that they really want another frontcourt player,” he told the Herald-Leader.
I don’t know about you, but I would be just fine with picking up Simons and Montgomery as consolation prizes to losing Williamson.
Bring ’em on home, Cal.
To read the entire Herald-Leader update on the 2018 recruiting class, head on over here.