When reports surfaced this week that UK offered five-star forward Jaden McDaniels the reports weren’t wrong, but the offered happened months ago. Kyle Tucker of The Athletic spoke with McDaniels’ trainer, Cartiea French-Toney, who said the offer was old news.
“He was offered by Kentucky months ago. He just never put it out there for the public to know,” the trainer said. “He’s not that type of kid, seeking attention like other kids who’ll say, ‘Oh, Kentucky wants me! Coach Cal came to see me!’ He’s not going to make a social media post about it. That’s not him. He just wants to play basketball. But you don’t make the trip two times to Washington and then have him on an official visit if you haven’t already offered him. That’s a lot of time invested in a kid you haven’t offered. That’s a long flight to make twice if you aren’t serious. Coach Cal doesn’t really recruit the West Coast much, and part of that is it’s hard to ask a kid to leave here and go all the way to Kentucky, but if your goals and aspirations are aligned with what Kentucky does, it can be the right fit and right situation.
“Kenny Payne told me, ‘We’ve never had a dude like him before. We’ve never recruited a dude like him before. He’s different.’ And they’re excited about the possibility of seeing what they could do with a 6-10 kid on the wing who can get the rebound and become the point guard.”
French-Toney makes a good point. It was clear that McDaniels was a take for Kentucky and although the kid himself never confirmed it, UK would have accepted a commitment the day Calipari made the trip to see him.
McDaniels is down to UK, UCLA, Washington, Texas and San Diego State and it’s unclear when he will make a final decision despite taking all five of his official visits.
Tucker also spoke with Matthew Hurt’s father, Rich Hurt, who said that his son won’t be making a final decision until the spring. Hurt takes his first official visit to Kentucky this weekend.
But if you read the entire article it reads pretty well for Kentucky. Hurt talks about what they’re looking for in a school and having to put up 15-20 shots isn’t important. Sounds similar to a Calipari pitch.
You can check out the entire article HERE. Tucker does a great job breaking down how adding McDaniels/Hurt could completely change the way Calipari plays.