John Calipari has officially put the full-court press on the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2019.
According to recruiting insider Pat Lawless, Coach Cal was in Memphis this afternoon to see James Wiseman play in the district title game:
Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari is in to see Class of 2019 Big Man James Wiseman from Memphis East (TN).
— Pat Lawless (@PatLawless_) February 22, 2018
Here is Cal in the stands:
Kentucky coach John Calipari in the house at White Station tonight for district title game between East and Whitehaven. Here to see prized 2019 recruit James Wiseman. pic.twitter.com/4LwleTTs42
— Mark Giannotto (@mgiannotto) February 22, 2018
Wiseman is considered the top prospect in 2019, and almost all recruiting analysts consider him a heavy Kentucky lean.
Kyle Tucker of SEC Country reported just two days ago that the Kentucky coaching staff sees Wiseman as the next Karl-Anthony Towns, and the talented big man is in love with the comparison. In fact, one source close to Wiseman’s high school basketball program told Tucker he was a near-lock to head to Lexington.
“James is going to Kentucky,” he told Tucker. “That’s what he tells everybody.”
If you missed his profile, check it out here:
Earlier in the day, Calipari also reportedly visited five-star prospect DJ Jeffries in Mississippi, another player reportedly heavily favoring the Wildcats.
Coach Cal was in today to Olive Branch MS 2019 wing, DJ Jeffries. Cal trying to close that deal!!
— Chuck Lawson (@ChuckLawson901) February 21, 2018
After striking out on some top talent in 2018, it’s good to see Calipari doing whatever it takes to lock up top talent for 2019.