At day one of the EYBL’s opening session in Dallas, John Calipari, Joel Justus, Tony Barbee and Kenny Payne were courtside to watch Kentucky’s top target in 2019 class do work. James Wiseman did not disappoint.
The No. 1 player in the 2019 class was 9-of-13 from the field to finish with 19 points, 9 rebounds and one block in a 97-88 EYBL debut loss.
Bluff City, the new name for Team Penny, also features UK commit D.J. Jeffries and point guard target Zion Harmon. Harmon knocked down a pair of threes to finish with 9 points and one assist, while Jeffries had 13 points, 2 assists and a rebound. Jeffries could not reveal where Wiseman’s recruitment currently stands.
“Honestly, no one knows with James,” Jeffries told Rivals’ Jeff Drummond after the game. “He’s quiet. He keeps to himself so we really don’t know.”
Jeffries also talked about his relationship with John Calipari’s coaching staff, his mentor Penny and how his game resembles Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and P.J. Washington.
That all went down last night. This morning Kentucky’s coaches returned to watch Bluff City go toe-to-toe with Cole Anthony, the No. 5 player in the 2019 class.