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.