For the better part of the last year or so, elite high school prospects James Wiseman, Cole Anthony, and Vernon Carey Jr. have been deemed the top three recruits in the class of 2019. There are certainly other talented recruits in the class, but you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone that feels those three haven’t stood out from their peers.
Just under two weeks ago, however, one elite 2020 prospect decided to throw a curveball to the various recruiting outlets and submit his name in the running for the top overall player in the class.
Anthony Edwards – a 6-foot-5 phenom out of Atlanta, GA – announced on November 20 he would be reclassifying to the class of 2019, forcing a jumble at the top of the rankings.
Originally considered the No. 2 overall prospect in 2020, 247 Sports immediately made the decision to move him to No. 1 overall in 2019, while ESPN and Rivals each listed the elite shooting guard in the top-four.
At the time of his announcement, many declared Florida State as the heavy favorite to land the dominant scorer. Edwards trimmed his list to Duke, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina and UCLA, but most assumed it was the Seminoles’ to-lose.
After taking his first official visit to one SEC school and significant reported interest in another, maybe it’s time to re-think that sentiment.
In an interview with Kyle Tucker of The Athletic, Edwards’ head coach Ty Anderson said Kentucky has a “real shot” to land him.
“I think they have a real shot. Every conversation I have with him about college, Kentucky is always in the conversation,” Anderson said. “I mean, they wrote the playbook on how to get kids like this. Nothing different than what they’ve done to get all these other lottery picks they’ve had. This kid has the NBA in his future, so one of the most important things for him is going somewhere that’s going to prepare him for that future.”
Anderson said if Kentucky can secure a visit, and he absolutely expects them to, Coach Cal just might be able to make it happen.
“Can Kentucky open a little window and get seriously involved? I think they can. Just because of their track record and history, they’re not going to get shut out. I’d be surprised if they didn’t get a visit, and then anything can happen,” he said.
When Kentucky missed out on Wiseman, Anthony, and Carey Jr., many felt it was yet another missed opportunity for John Calipari to secure a can’t-miss prospect in the class of 2019.
Now, with Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney already committed, along with Kentucky gaining momentum with Edwards, Matthew Hurt and Jaden McDaniels, the UK coaching staff has the opportunity to secure signatures from five of the top-ten prospects in the senior class.
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