I hope everyone is enjoying UK Decision Day 2018. We are over 16 hours into this day without any decisions, but that will change over the next eight hours.
Here’s a short update on what I’m hearing:
P.J. Washington: I’ve heard only positive things but I haven’t had one person come out and tell me he’s definitively coming back to UK. There’s no denying that the buzz on Washington over the last week has flipped.
I haven’t spoken to anyone with knowledge of the Reid Travis and how that impacts Washington.
Washington may leave, but my guess is he is leaning towards returning to UK.
(UPDATE: Moments after publishing this story Washington announced he’s returning to UK)
Wenyen Gabriel: I’m most confident about Wenyen Gabriel RETURNING to Kentucky for a junior season. I’m at the point where I would be slightly surprised if he stayed in the NBA Draft. Again, I haven’t had anyone tell me if Reid Travis possibly coming to UK would lead Gabriel elsewhere. Assuming Travis doesn’t scare off Gabriel I would expect him to return.
Jarred Vanderbilt: It seems that where there’s been positive momentum for Washington, it’s been the opposite for Vanderbilt. This has easily been the toughest code to crack, but I haven’t spoken with one person that believes Vanderbilt will return to UK today. No one was 100 percent certain, but it seems that Vanderbilt may try his luck at the next level. If that’s the case I hope he gets healthy and dominates.
Reid Travis: He seems locked into going to UK, but I am curious if Washington and Gabriel return, along with Richards and Montgomery, how that may impact his decision. I’m going to wait to see what the UK trio does before going down that wormhole.
I was told that the decisions shouldn’t last until midnight, so we could be hearing final decisions shortly.