Another top frontcourt option is off the table for the Kentucky basketball program.
This morning, 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Todd cut his list down to two schools – Michigan and Kansas – excluding the Wildcats, along with North Carolina and Memphis from further consideration.
Todd, a consensus top-15 prospect originally out of Baltimore, MD, also announced that he would be deciding between the schools on October 17.
“I liked all of the schools, but Michigan and Kansas are the two schools that have really been standing out for me,” Todd said in an interview with Jason Jordan of USA Today. “I’ve gotten close with Coach (Bill) Self and Coach (Juwan) Howard, and I know that they can really help me take my game to the next level.”
Kentucky was seen as the heavy favorite this past winter and into the spring, with major speculation coming out at the conclusion of his junior high school season that he would reclassify to the class of 2019 and sign with UK.
After opting to remain in 2020, momentum shifted this summer, with overseas rumblings soon growing louder and louder around Peach Jam. North Carolina wiggled its way into contention – he took several unofficial visits to the school – as did Michigan and Kansas in the last several weeks.
After making one visit to Todd’s school in North Carolina once the fall recruiting period opened up, Kentucky’s public contact died out in a major way, with some speculation coming out over the last week or two that the Wildcats had pulled out of the race completely.
In fact, after cutting his list this morning, Todd took to his Instagram page to tell fans that Kentucky “wouldn’t let” him take an official visit to Lexington.
Was it due to confidence in the frontcourt elsewhere? The program feeling Todd would likely end up overseas, even after making a college commitment?
Either way, the Wildcats will now look elsewhere in the frontcourt for 2020.