It’s a big week for basketball recruiting, with John Calipari criss-crossing the country to check on players and two of 2018’s top prospects headed to Lexington for an official visit. Here’s the latest on Kentucky’s chances with each of their 2018 recruits.
Seeing on Wednesday
|Forward||6-7 | 230 lbs.||Spartanburg, SC||Spartanburg/SC Supreme|
|ESPN: 2 | 1 PF||Top 247: 1 | 1 PF||Rivals: 2||Scout: 3 | 2 SF|
Williamson’s family has been helping family in the path of Hurricane Irma, so they had to move Monday’s in-home visit with John Calipari to tomorrow night, per Ben Roberts. Tonight, they will meet with Bill Self, per Matt Scott. On Monday, Zion set official visits to Duke (October 22) and UCLA (October 27), and will likely pick dates for his trips to Lawrence and Lexington during his visits with Self and Calipari.
Coming in this weekend
|Point Guard||6-3 | 175 lbs||Bel Air, MD||John Carroll School/Team BBC|
|ESPN: 12 | 3 PG||Top 247: 13 | 2 PG||Rivals: 10||Scout: 8 | 3 PG|
Quickley had to cancel an official visit to Miami this past weekend due to Hurricane Irma, but is still taking his official to Kentucky this weekend. The Cats remain the overwhelming favorite over the Canes and the Kansas Jayhawks and this weekend could seal the deal. Will Calipari get a commitment on the spot? Maybe, but Quickley will likely want to announce the news on his own terms. Regardless, barring a total change of heart, it’s coming.
|Small Forward||6-6 | 205 lbs.||South Hill, VA||Oak Hill Academy|
|ESPN: 7 | 3 SF||Top 247: 11 | 2 SG||Rivals: 18||Scout: 24 | 2 SG|
Last week, Texas was surging for Johnson, but after Calipari watched him practice yesterday at Oak Hill Academy, the five-star SF/SG moved up his official visit to Kentucky to this weekend. He’ll also visit Maryland the weekend of September 22 and potentially Florida State before the end of the month (he was originally scheduled to see the Seminoles this past weekend, but had to cancel due to Hurricane Irma). Having Johnson on campus at the same time as Quickley is significant and could help Kentucky move back to the front of the pack in his recruitment.
Seeing on Sunday
|Center||7-2 | 220 lbs.||Santa Ana, CA||Mater Dei/Cal Supreme|
|ESPN: 4 | 1 C||Top 247: 4 | 1 C||Rivals: 3||Scout: 2 | 1 C|
After hosting Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson on campus Friday and Saturday, Calipari will head to California to see Bol Bol. Interest between the two seemed to drop off during the summer following the U19 Team USA training camp, so this weekend’s visit is one to watch.
Just checked on
Simi Shittu ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
|Power Forward||6-10 | 220 lbs.||Burlington, Ontario, CAN||Vermont Academy|
|ESPN: 6 | 2 PF||Top 247: 8 | 1 PF||Rivals: 8||Scout: 9 | 1 PF|
Calipari was one of 37 coaches at a 5:45 a.m. workout at Vermont Academy this morning to see Shittu play. The versatile Canadian told Adam Zagoria he still doesn’t have an offer from Kentucky but hopes to get one soon; if he visits Lexington this fall as expected, he will.
|Shooting/Point Guard||6-4 | 185 lbs.||The Woodlands, TX||The Woodlands/Basketball University|
|ESPN: 13 | 3 SG||Top 247: 17 | 5 PG||Rivals: 11||Scout: 11 | 4 PG|
Kansas is still the favorite for Grimes, whom Calipari visited on Sunday, but he still wants to take an official visit to Kentucky this fall. I don’t expect that to change things.
|Small Forward||6-7 | 185 lbs.||Mississauga, Ont., CAN||Montverde/Nike UPlay Canada|
|ESPN: 1 | 1 SF||Top 247: 2 | 2 SF||Rivals: 1||Scout: 1 | 1 SF|
Barrett visited Kentucky earlier this month and will be in Durham this weekend to visit Duke. He’s also got trips to Arizona (Sept. 21), Oregon (Sept. 23), and Michigan (Sept. 29) lined up. Don’t enjoy yourself too much, R.J.
|Shooting Guard||6-5 | 191 lbs.||New Albany||New Albany/Eric Gordon All Stars|
|ESPN: 5 | 1 SG||Top 247: 5 | 1 SG||Rivals: 6||Scout: 5 | 1 SG|
Calipari hasn’t scheduled an in-home visit with Langford, and Langford hasn’t scheduled an official visit to Kentucky. It looks more and more like the New Albany native will end up at Indiana.
|Point Guard||6-2 | 170 lbs.||Brentwood, TN||Brentwood Academy/Bradley Beal Elite|
|ESPN: 11 | 2 PG||Top 247: 15 | 4 PG||Rivals: 15||Scout: 7 | 2 PG|
Garland is scheduled to visit UK on October 13, but with Immanuel Quickley likely to commit and Quade Green and Shai Alexander potentially sticking around for a second year, I imagine he’ll take his talents elsewhere.