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DJ Jeffries’ dad says his son has always been a fan of Calipari

We’re only hours away from D.J. Jeffries’ college announcement, in which the five-star forward will decide between the University of Kentucky, Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama for the next stage in his basketball life. Jeffries is only a high school junior, so he’ll have another year in Olive Branch, Ms., right outside of Memphis, before attending college. But he’s ready to go ahead and announce his decision tonight.

Jeffries’ father, Corey Jeffries, made a guest appearance on a Memphis radio show Monday afternoon to preview the decision, and his comments to Jason & John suggest Kentucky is in a great position going into the announcement.

When asked to describe Kentucky, Corey Jeffries said, “First of all, it’s a pro factory. It’s a pro factory, man. If you’re talking about going to the NBA, you got to take a strong look at Kentucky. Cal’s been showing major interest.”

The heavy interest from Calipari has been good because D.J. grew up a huge fan of Calipari, going as far back to Cal’s Memphis days, when D.J. was only a young kid.

“When Cal coached at Memphis, D.J. was a big fan of Cal then and he’s still a fan of Cal’s now,” he told the show. “That’s the thing about Kentucky.”

Speaking of Memphis, the Tigers are not in consideration because of the uncertainties in the future of the program. Tubby Smith, who is likely to get fired, did not recruit Jeffries despite Jeffries growing up in a Memphis suburb on the outskirts of the city. Penny Hardaway, Jeffries’ current AAU coach, is rumored to be the next hire, but Jeffries isn’t going to wait to see if his coach is going to get the job, and they have not had any conversations about the potential of that happening. Hardaway also coaches James Wiseman, another top UK target in the 2019 class and a teammate of Jeffries .

Listen to Corey Jeffries’ entire interview toward the end of the second hour of Jason & John‘s podcast.

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

5 responses to “DJ Jeffries’ dad says his son has always been a fan of Calipari”

  1. gasman01

    Would be a great start for 19, but I’ll be more interested who comes back next year. We could be in for a special year if most of these players stay another year.

  2. Han

    “Tubby Smith, who is likely to get fired, did not recruit Jeffries despite Jeffries growing up in a Memphis suburb on the outskirts of the city.”

    That right there is possibly Tubby’s biggest failing as a coach. Failing to recruit a quality player from your city who grew up liking the team. It also shows he doesn’t surround himself with quality assistants who will make up for his own recruiting weaknesses. Whether because he thinks players should come begging to play for him or he just doesn’t evaluate talent well, it’s too big a flaw to have long-term coaching success no matter where you coach.

  3. Kat4Life

    Two things……(1) Tubby will likely survive this season, and will stay head coach of Memphis….(2) This would bode well on the REAL prize of the 2019 class, teammate James Wiseman…..Getting both of these guys is a great start to 2019……not to get too far ahead of myself.

  4. Jiminy Crickets

    Tubby being tubby! So UK was terrible for “pushing out” Tubby, when the truth is he had already negotiated a contract with Minnesota WHILE coaching UK in SEC (just coincidence he pulls sheray off line causing a lane violation while Meeks, a 90%FT shooter was icing the game?). UK was roasted to the point NO ONE wanted the job (except Calipari, who Barnhart refused to call). We ended up with BG because our first 4 offers were declined.

    Since then he’s been fired from Minnesota, pushed out at Texas tech, and now likely fired from Memphis, yet no one will blink an eye when it happens.

    UK was racist. Everyone else is not even questioned.

  5. jaws2

    Soooooo let’s consider this. He ‘commits’ to us, Tubby gets fired later, Penny gets the job, then Jeffries decommits from us, and signs with Memphis.
    I really hate be a pessimist, but in todays world of high school kids, the word ‘commitment’ lasts as long as the next best deal shows up. If he commits to us I’ll get excited when he shows up on campus.