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Breaking down Kentucky’s complete offer list for 2021

Heading into 2020, John Calipari and the UK basketball coaching staff had extended just five scholarships in the class of 2021, with Paolo Banchero (June 18), Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Aug. 2), Jaden Hardy (Sept. 20), AJ Griffin (Oct. 10), and Kennedy Chandler (Dec. 26) all receiving offers in a six-month span.

Following Chandler’s offer to close out 2019, Kentucky went seven months before extending another in July, and it wasn’t even a member of the 2021 class. Instead, 2022 five-star guard Skyy Clark earned a scholarship from the UK staff on July 2.

While Clark is a strong reclassification candidate and could be added to the list of 2021 offers at a later date, Kentucky’s first official 2021 offer since Chandler’s back in December came on Aug. 21 to four-star forward Bryce Hopkins, followed by five-star point guard Hunter Sallis on the same night. Just a day later on Aug. 22, four-star guard Nolan Hickman made a surprise commitment to Kentucky, noting in an interview with KSR that he had received his offer several weeks prior and decided to keep things quiet.

The following week, five-star forward Daimion Collins broke the news that he had received a Kentucky offer on Aug. 26, followed by five-star forward Moussa Diabate receiving his own scholarship on Sept. 8, bringing the total to ten offers combined and five among uncommitted prospects (11 and six if you include Clark).

With things ramping up on Kentucky’s end of things and new prospects being added to the list of targets seemingly by the week, it only makes sense to create a one-stop shop for fans to bookmark for the future regarding the who, what, when, where, and why of UK’s top recruits.

Let’s jump right in.

Elite Tier

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-9, 205 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 1 power forward, No. 1 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 1 small forward, No. 2 overall
    • ESPN: No. 2 power forward, No. 2 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Duke and Milwaukee are seen as current favorites, with Kentucky looming as a dark horse option.
  • Decision timeline
    • After putting his recruitment on hold in recent months, Baldwin is now expected to speed things up in terms of cutting his list and coming up with a timeline. No official date has been announced.
  • Highlights

Jaden Hardy

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-4, 180 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 1 shooting guard, No. 5 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 1 combo guard, No. 4 overall
    • ESPN: No. 1 shooting guard, No. 4 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Long seen as a heavy Kentucky lean, momentum has shifted in favor of the G League in recent months, with UCLA also emerging as a strong option.
  • Decision timeline
    • Expected to decide in the spring.
  • Highlights

Hunter Sallis

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-5, 175 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 1 point guard, No. 6 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 2 combo guard, No. 6 overall
    • ESPN: No. 3 point guard, No. 19 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Cut list to 12 in August, but Kentucky, North Carolina, and Kansas are seen as the favorites, with the Wildcats quickly picking up serious momentum in recent weeks.
  • Decision timeline
    • No official timeline or date set, but there is speculation that a decision could come this fall. The sooner, the better for UK.
  • Highlights

Five-stars

Daimion Collins

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-9, 205 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 5 power forward, No. 10 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 4 power forward, No. 19 overall
    • ESPN: No. 6 power forward, No. 24 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Kentucky emerged as a strong option around the same time Jai Lucas emerged as a serious candidate to join UK’s coaching staff, earning an offer on on Aug. 26. Texas and Oklahoma were once seen as the favorites, though Kentucky has firmly cemented itself as a top option and contender to land his commitment.
  • Decision timeline
    • Collins was rumored to commit to Texas back in August prior to Lucas’ departure. Things have been slightly pushed back due to the change, but a decision is still expected this fall.
  • Highlights

Moussa Diabate

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-9, 205 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 6 power forward, No. 29 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 5 power forward, No. 20 overall
    • ESPN: No. 5 power forward, No. 7 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Arguably the most difficult recruitment to read among top recruits in the class of 2021, there is no feel for a leader in Diabate’s recruitment. UK commit Nolan Hickman previously told KSR that the five-star forward was one of several prospects he was recruiting to join him in Lexington next year.
  • Decision timeline
    • No reported decision timeline
  • Highlights

Four-stars

Bryce Hopkins

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-6, 210 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 8 small forward, No. 30 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 10 power forward, No. 39 overall
    • ESPN: No. 5 small forward, No. 32 overall
  • Recruiting
    • After decommitting from Louisville back in August, Kentucky has emerged as the favorite in Hopkins’ recruitment. He took a trip to Lexington with his family this past weekend to see campus, his first trip after backing out of his pledge to UofL. Beyond Kentucky, Hopkins is also considering California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan, Oregon, Providence and Texas.
  • Decision timeline
    • The four-star forward’s father previously told KSR that a decision is coming sooner rather than later, with a commitment likely by the end of September or early October.
  • Highlights

Nolan Hickman (Committed)

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-2, 170 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 13 point guard, No. 52 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 3 point guard, No. 30 overall
    • ESPN: No. 10 point guard, No. 61 overall
  • Commitment
    • Hickman announced his commitment to Kentucky on Aug. 22, choosing the Wildcats over offers from Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, UCLA and Washington, among others.
  • Highlights

Reclassification Candidates

Skyy Clark.

  • Measurements
    • 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
  • Rankings
    • Rivals: No. 4 point guard, No. 16 overall
    • 247Sports: No. 3 combo guard, No. 13 overall
    • ESPN: No. 4 point guard, No. 19 overall
  • Recruiting
    • Long seen as a heavy Kentucky lean, North Carolina has picked up ground in recent weeks. Clark’s decision is expected to come down to the Wildcats and Tar Heels, though he is also considering Memphis and UCLA.
  • Decision timeline
    • Clark has told KSR he is planning to commit this fall, with a reclass decision also expected by the end of the year.
  • Highlights

Jaden Bradley, a top-ten prospect and consensus No. 1 overall point guard in the class of 2022, is also seen as a potential reclass option, with North Carolina and Kentucky seen as the top contenders early in his recruitment. He has not yet received an offer from UK.

Committed Elsewhere

AJ Griffin (Duke)

  • Committed Nov. 4, 2019

Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee)

  • Committed Aug. 14

Paolo Banchero (Duke)

  • Committed Aug. 20, 2020

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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2 Comments for Breaking down Kentucky’s complete offer list for 2021



  1. mashman 93
    9:30 pm September 14, 2020 Permalink

    Alright Jack now damn it!! I know it’s slow right now but this Kentucky fan is read for another “Sources Say” podcast. Love the show Jack. God Bless. GO CATS!



  2. Newtype
    1:31 pm September 15, 2020 Permalink

    Baldwin looks like the prototype of a dookie.