Five-star wing Jaden McDaniels will visit Kentucky this weekend, 247 Sports first reported and later confirmed by KSR.
McDaniels has already officially visited San Diego State, Washington and most recently Texas all in the last month. The visit to UK will be his fourth official and there’s no current date set for the 6-foot-11, 185-pound Federal Way, Wa. native to checkout UCLA.
Earlier today we wondered when McDaniels would see UK. The Cats are trying to get several top targets to visit for the Kansas game in January, but it seemed unlikely that McDaniels would wait that long to check out Lexington.
It turns out he won’t wait long at all and will see Lexington this weekend.
The Cats play Duke on Tuesday but will play their first official home game at Rupp Arena on Friday against Southern Illinois. The plan is for McDaniels to be at that game.
The versatile wing is unique. Despite being nearly 7-feet tall, McDaniels has guard-like handles and is more comfortable playing outside. He doesn’t blow you away with his speed or strength, but he’s incredibly skilled offensively and uses his length well defensively. He averaged nearly 19 points and over nine rebounds per game in the Nike EYBL this summer.
McDaniels wouldn’t be a bruising forward for the Cats or any college team, but with teams relying more on offense John Calipari could definitely play him as a stretch four. McDaniels’ brother plays for San Diego State and many consider the hometown Huskies also a major threat to land him.
But don’t count out Kentucky. John Caliapri has visited McDaniels twice this fall. It’s unclear when he will make a final decision, but there’s a chance it could be in the next few weeks. It seems unlikely he will sign in the fall, but may make a decision in November or December.