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Isaiah Todd cuts Kentucky from final list, says school ‘didn’t let him’ take an official


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.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

25 responses to “Isaiah Todd cuts Kentucky from final list, says school ‘didn’t let him’ take an official”

  1. UKLugo

    BIG RED FLAGS. I trust Cal.

    1. runningunnin.454

      If I were he, I wouldn’t fall in love with Bill Self; heartbreak on the horizon.

    2. 4everUKblue

      Cal has my complete trust. RG maybe he fell for one of those acrobats (cough strippers) or the money gun.

    3. UKCatAttack

      Yes sir! If Coach Cal didn’t let him visit with his talent he must have concerns. I remember once Cal said that he watched how kids talked to their Moms and Grandma’s. If a kid was disrespectful he didn’t recruit them. I say all that to say there could be any number of reasons Cal didn’t invite him for an official. In Cal I trust.

    4. runningunnin.454

      At Kansas, they think those poles are an Olympic apparatus, ha ha.

    5. Bluehender

      In Cal I trust..

    6. SHCooper

      Don’t forget Greg Brown and Isaiah Jackson.

    7. JASUN74

      I’m not going to just guess at what may have happened, but I’m sure Cal has a reason. That’s good enough for me so, I wish the young man the best of luck and can’t wait to find out who Cal has got his eyes on.

  2. TomKat9698

    Kinda like how Cal is going after the kids who want to be here, instead of wasting time on recruits that just string us along. Most of us fans get info from the internet and don’t know the behind the scene workings, dealing with these kids like our coaches do. In Cal i trust.

    1. Cletis75

      Agreed TK, I have been wondering all year how we could be the favorite last winter, yet we haven’t heard any good buzz concerning him all year. All of the buzz with him this year was about him going overseas, which is fine, I am all for the young men making money for their families. There was a little UNC buzz, but not much. Seems Cal saw the writing on the wall before anyone else and chose to go after the players he felt best about.

  3. abmorris27

    I love this shift in recruiting strategy by Cal. By telling some top kids no, it makes an offer from Kentucky and allows the staff to focus energy on the kids they feel are the best possible fit. Really shifts the narrative. Brilliant.

  4. BBNDan7

    If Kansas is still in anyone’s consideration, it’s probably best to drop them

  5. StuckinLville

    Jack, get us the scoop. I understand backing off on Green and Christopher because having both Clark and Cunningham is a possibility, but backing off a big? I’m sure there is good reason and makes me wonder how much they like JJ Traynor. There has to be a good reason to pass on his skill set.

    1. RoarFor22

      Would assume they are confident in other front court options (Isaiah Jackson specifically) and the possibility of him going overseas probably turned Cal away

    2. a21CATSfan

      Isaiah Todd is the only big that Cal is recruiting that is good enough to make an impact. The rest are Nick Richards type projects. Totally blown away by this one. Thought it would UK and UNC. If UNC isn’t on there then Kentucky would’ve been the pick. CATS

    3. JASUN74

      Ar21, I believe you’re definitely forgetting about Barnes!! Even though some believe Cal doesn’t have a chance with him, they’re wrong. All any of us know is what we hear and read, but Cal is hard to beat when he actually wants a kid and put on the Hall of Fame charm! Lol

  6. TomKat9698

    I agree with you BBNDan7!

    1. UKFanSC

      He just wanted the now infamous “hat on the table”…..either that or he had some other off putting issue that Cal didn’t like. Curious that Kansas is still able to capture the attention of the 5 star recruits with storms brewing in Lawrence.

  7. Wade

    Cal said he doesn’t want to be a hat on the table and this is how you find out when you have so many red flags. If Kansas is one of his favorite that speaks volumes. Todd could have committed anytime I think and hasn’t. I know we all wanted him but I don’t blame cal basically said bye.

  8. Ned T.

    Cal knows something that we do not and did not want to waste his time.

    My guess is he is heading overseas and Cal knows it.

    1. mashman 93

      That’s it Ned. This kid could pull an RJ Hampton and pick overseas when he chooses in a week or so. Why would any kid want to go to Kansas with the mess they are in. This year is the Jayhawks last hurrah. The ncaa has to punish Bill Self and Kansas or cease to exist man.

  9. Heavy C

    Prolly the fence post size blunt smoking mascot that won him over

  10. Wade

    Bet he pulls a Carlton bragg and says I committing to Kentucky …I mean Kansas smh

  11. BobbyBlue

    I am glad Cal isn’t letting guys string the Cats along just to be a hat on the table, only for the added attention. Then they can always say” yeah I could have gone to Ky but I turned them down “

  12. bigbluebreeze

    Is he crying in the graphic?