Five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt is a Kentucky Wildcat, joining Quade Green, Shai Alexander, Nick Richards, and PJ Washington in what is quickly becoming a loaded 2017 recruiting class. After announcing his decision, Vanderbilt opened up on why he chose the Cats over North Carolina, Oregon, and TCU.
“I felt like it had a family atmosphere when I went out there,” Vanderbilt said of his official visit to UK on October 22. “Coach Cal, he’s a Hall of Fame coach, a great personnel coach, and I feel like he does the best with developing his players on and off the court. I feel like it’s a great school, a great opportunity for me to excel at.”
Vanderbilt said he came to the decision to commit to Kentucky after some long talks with his parents and prayer. According to Evan Daniels, he made the decision to come to Lexington about five days ago.
“It really hit me about five days ago,” he said. “It was always a thought in the back of my mind. It really made it clear and the more I watched them, It became more clear.”
Vanderbilt said visiting UK on October 22 opened his eyes to how Calipari coaches players in practice, as did watching the current team’s speed in transition.
“The way they get up and down in transition and they way he develops guys. My game is complemented and I thrive around great players with my passing and rebounding and everything. It’s a place you can develop for the league”
Vanderbilt closed his commitment video with the best possible message for Kentucky fans this Christmas: “Go Big Blue Nation!”
ESPNU EXCLUSIVE: No. 22 overall prospect in Class of 2017 @JVando_ announces his college commitment!
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