Kentucky target Scottie Lewis had something interesting quotes about UK’s basketball program that will surely rub some folks the wrong way.
The 6-foot-4, 170-pound shooting guard from New Jersey isn’t nearing a decision, but what he said about Kentucky was somewhat bittersweet.
“That is Kentucky. If I choose to be one of those players that is a one-and-done, basketball only type of guy, Kentucky is definitely the school that I will be headed to. All of the schools we have talked about, they will hopefully be in that list of schools that I get down to once I make a cut list, but they are always texting me and giving me pointers about what I can do better.”
So, on the one hand Lewis sees a window where he ends up in Lexington, but on the other hand that certainly seems like the words of a college coach negatively recruiting against UK.
John Calipari isn’t shy about wanting to turn kids into pros as soon as possible, so he won’t have any issues with recruits boasting about UK’s one-and-done success, but there seems to be something off-putting about saying UK players are basketball only type of guys.
Is that to say UK players aren’t students? Regular college kids? I’m not sure, and it’s probably smart to not read too much into the quotes, but it’s clear the Cats are still an option.
Lewis also talks about Villanova, St. John’s, Duke, Florida, Stanford and Notre Dame. Clearly with that list it would appear that academics will be a factor for Lewis. Lewis’ AAU and high school teammate, Bryan Antoine , is also considering UK, but Lewis did only mention Duke as a school they both could play together.
Duke is considered to be the leader for Antoine.
My guess is he doesn’t end up at UK, but the Cats may have a logjam at the guard position for 2019-2020.
Remember, UK will have 2019 guard Kira Lewis Jr. on campus this weekend.