John Calipari and his Kentucky coaching staff are not only busy preparing for the start of SEC play, they’re also putting in the legwork on the recruiting trail.
With the majority of the program’s 2020 recruiting class wrapped up, Kentucky is finding a few more key pieces to close things out for next season, along with laying a strong foundation for 2021 and beyond.
This past week, Calipari and his staff visited the likes of No. 1 overall prospect Jonathan Kuminga (2021), five-star guard Kennedy Chandler (2021), five-star center Jalen Duren (2022), and five-star forward D.J. Wagner (2022).
And starting tonight, the grind continues.
Here is a rundown of Kentucky’s scheduled visits and visitors over the next week:
Greg Brown (2020)
2020 top-ten prospect and major target Greg Brown will be taking an official visit to Kentucky next weekend.
Back in September, Brown’s father initially told reporters about the visit before following up with Evan Daniels this afternoon to confirm next weekend’s trip.
Before his trip to Lexington, Brown is taking an official to Memphis this weekend for his third official visit. His first official was to Texas the weekend of Sept. 7, followed by Auburn the weekend of November 30. He has also scheduled a late official visit to Michigan the weekend of Feb. 7, cancelling his official to North Carolina in the process.
Greg Brown will now take an official to Michigan instead of UNC, his dad says https://t.co/6HECu8noCX
— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 3, 2020
Brown’s final list includes Kentucky, Texas, Memphis, North Carolina, and Auburn, with Michigan now being added to the final cut. The Longhorns are considered the favorite at this time.
Trey Kaufman (2021)
According to Jake Weingarten of Stockrisers.com, Kentucky assistant coach Joel Justus was in to see 2021 four-star prospect Trey Kaufman at Silver Creek HS in Sellersburg, IN.
Kaufman dropped 35 points and eight rebounds in three quarters with the UK staff in attendance.
One name i’ve mentioned several times: Trey Kaufman. Four-star junior with 35 points and eight rebounds in three quarters this evening. Kentucky’s Joel Justus was in attendance, UK has had an eye on him for months.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) January 4, 2020
The 6-foot-8 forward is considered the No. 60 overall prospect in the 2021 247Sports Composite Rankings.
On Thursday evening, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was on hand to see 2022 top-ten prospect Zion Cruz at the Playaz Basketball Club New Year’s Jump Off.
— NJ Basketball (@NJHoopRecruit) January 2, 2020
Cruz, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard in the sophomore class, earned MVP honors at the Jump Off event. He is currently listed as the No. 21 prospect overall and the No. 4 shooting guard in the 247Sports Composite Rankings.
Cruz currently holds offers from LSU, St. John’s, Syracuse, and UCLA.
According to Dan McDonald of Rivals.com, 2022 four-star point guard Bruce Thornton will take an unofficial visit to Kentucky starting tomorrow.
Kentucky has already been in to see the 6-foot-1 prospect on multiple times in recent months.
4-star 2022 PG Bruce Thornton (@Bruce2T_) will visit #Kentucky on Saturday. He's had a great sophomore season for @milton_hoops and has had the #BBN staff down to see him multiple times recently. https://t.co/OqFb8xO7JR pic.twitter.com/1Cq45dPxak
— Dan McDonald (@RivalsDan) January 2, 2020
Thornton, the No. 30 overall player in the class of 2022, currently holds early scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Vanderbilt
While the other prospects have scheduled visits to Kentucky or have been visited by the UK coaching staff, 2022 five-star guard Skyy Clark is hoping to put together a trip to Lexington in the very near future.
In an interview with Jake Weingarten, the 6-foot-2 guard said that Kentucky was one of the few schools he is interested in visiting soon.
“I’d like to visit Michigan, Gonzaga, Kentucky, Florida State, DePaul, Georgetown, Arizona, Memphis and a few others,” Clark told Stockrisers.com.
Though Clarke hasn’t received an offer, UK has been persistent in their early recruiting efforts, and one may be on the horizon.
“Kentucky has been on me heavy,” he told Weingarten. “Coach Justice has been in to see me workout twice.”
Clark also added that Gonzaga, Oregon, Duke, and UNC are other schools that are recruiting him
What kind of player is the five-star guard?
“I’m a point guard,” he told Weingarten. “I love to get my team involved and I can get a bucket if needed. One thing i’ve improved on since my freshman year is my jump shot. I have a very good mid-range game and catch and shoot three ball. I love to play defense and I’m a leader. I can do anything you need basically.”