2019 five-star guard Bryan Antoine was one of the early cuts at the USA Basketball U18 Training Camp held in Colorado Springs over the last week, but the consensus top-10 prospect has dominated high school basketball and the AAU circuit over the past year. He averaged 22 points, four rebounds, and two assists per game as a junior, including five contests of over 30 points.
There’s no debate he’s one of the top guards in the class of 2019, and his offer sheet reflects that, including Duke, Florida, Villanova, Kansas, Arizona, and Kentucky, among others.
Earlier in May, Antoine trimmed his list to five, and Kentucky made the cut, along with Duke, Florida, Villanova and Kansas.
— Bryan Antoine (@BryanAntoine_) May 10, 2018
Antoine has said several times in the past that he plans on making a decision before his senior year begins.
Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader caught up with Antoine in Colorado Springs this past week, where he claimed he had no favorites, and he was extremely interested in Kentucky.
“(I like) the coaching staff and how the coaches let their players play. And I was down there for an unofficial visit. The campus was amazing,” Antoine said of UK in an interview with the Herald-Leader. “I know a couple of players at Kentucky, and they tell me everything about Kentucky. The past players that have gone to Kentucky — they pretty much stormed the league. So I’m just trying to follow in their footsteps.”
In fact, Antoine said he stays in regular contact with Quade Green and PJ Washington, with each selling Kentucky and the crazy atmosphere every chance they get.
“They tell me on media day — and I’ve seen YouTube videos on it — that media day for them is crazy. It’s like an NBA media day. There’s a lot of people coming out and talking to them,” Antoine said. “And just what’s expected because they’re at Kentucky — you pretty much have a target on your back. Coach Cal does a great job of recruiting top recruits, so every other school is pretty much trying to come at you. So you have to go out there and play hard.”
Though he denied it, Duke has been the rumored favorite for quite some time, and he may have let a little bit slip in the interview.
“He’s going there a year early,” Antoine said of Duke player Joey Baker, who just reclassified to the class of 2018. “So he’ll most likely be there when I’m there … or, if I go there.”
Scottie Lewis, another 2019 five-star guard with Kentucky on his final list, is rumored to be a package deal with Antoine (his best friend). He told the Herald-Leader this week that though the Duke rumors are out there, he truly believes Antoine has no favorites because they talk about their recruitments almost nightly.
“I believe it,” Lewis said. “We talk about it so much. We try to be as well-rounded as possible. It’s a constant conversation between ourselves. So I believe it.”
Lewis is widely seen as the more likely option for Kentucky, but John Calipari is making an effort to recruit them both equally. If Coach Cal can talk Lewis into coming to Kentucky, you have to like UK’s chances with Antoine, as well.
You can check out more of Roberts’ interview with Antoine, including comments on Duke and Villanova, here.