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Jarred Vanderbilt made the decision to come to Kentucky about five days ago


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 Danielshe 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!”

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13 responses to “Jarred Vanderbilt made the decision to come to Kentucky about five days ago”

  1. JLP

    It’s possible we don’t have a single Kentucky player on the roster next year. When has that last happened (if it does)? Anyone know?

    1. david8577

      All the players on the team are Kentucky players. I suppose you mean, born in KY, or something. If so, irrelevant.

    2. JLP

      I don’t think it is irrelevant. It may not impact our teams over-all quality, but we usually have at least a preferred walkon who has a Kentucky background. I am not advocating giving a scholarship to a player SOLELY because he is from Kentucky. But the symbolism of having at least one Kentucky player on the roster seems significant. Not earthshattering, but not irrelevant.

    3. david8577

      I guess part of what I’m saying that instead of “cool, we got a 5-star”, you are bemoaning the lack of a KY kid when the class isn’t even finished.

    4. runningunnin.454

      Think we will have plenty of “openings”…..still early.

    5. ClutchCargo

      Symbolism is highly overrated. Give me talent and good attitudes all day long. If they happen to be from KY, great.

    6. Czimm12

      Technically Brad grew up in KY for awhile. Does he count?

    7. satcheluk

      Brad Calipari has spent more time in Kentucky than any other state and went to high school there. Isn’t say he qualifies or are you going to justify somehow that he is not?


    Five days ago, huh? He must have really enjoyed the UK/UNC game… welcome to the #BBN!

  3. patrickwhelan

    I see you Rodney McCray.

  4. 2thepoint

    Cal recruits 5* players, so all we need do is let Cal know of the 5* Kentucky players who play positions Cal needs to fill.

  5. Jimi40

    All 8 of Kentucky’s Championship teams have had at least 1 player from Kentucky.

    Want to reconsider fellas?

    Congrats to Coach Cal for getting Mr. Vanderbilt.

    1. satcheluk

      There’s no causation there. The fact is there is fewer talented KY high school basketball players which is likely due to the rise of football in most of the state. It’d be great if we had a talented KY kid playing for Cal, but I’m certainly not going to bemoan him about it. If KY kids want to play for U.K., then start balling!