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Calipari can’t stop won’t stop

After visiting five-star forward Matthew Hurt on Friday UK head coach John Calipari traveled across the country to checkout another five-star target.

Calipari seems hungry when recruiting for the class of 2019. He checked out Tyrese Maxey on Thursday and UK seems to be in a solid spot with almost all its top 2019 targets.

But Carey Jr. may be the best of the bunch. He’s currently ranked No. 1 in the class by Rivals and many believe he’s better than mega-UK target James Wiseman. For the record, I would take Carey Jr., today over Wiseman but Wiseman has more potential.

Let’s breakdown some of their games, shall we?

Hurt- The five-star forward from Minnesota. He’s 6-foot-9, 200-pounds and maybe the best offensive player in the class. Some have compared him to Kyle Wiltjer but besides both being white and solid shooters there games aren’t overly similar. Hurt doesn’t shy away from contact and is more athletic. Duke, Kansas, UNC and Minnesota are considered to be the top players.

Carey Jr.- The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward reminds me a lot of DeMarcus Cousins. He’s physical, he’s big, he’s a bully and he has a mean streak. While UK is making Wiseman a priority don’t sleep on Carey Jr. The reason there hasn’t been as much hype surrounding Carey Jr. is because many assume he won’t end up at UK. The Cats aren’t the likely favorites as of today, but UK is in the hunt. Miami (Fla.), Duke, Kansas are presumed leaders with the slight edge possibly going to the Blue Devils. Luckily he may still be uncommitted in a year. Plenty of time for Calipari.

Maxey-  He’s my favorite guard in 2019, even over Hagans (who will move to 2018). Maxey is a freak athlete but is a good shooter from outside, too. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that UK visited Maxey first.

Read more about Maxey here.

UPDATE- Per Drew Franklin UK will also send assistant Joel Justus to Pendleton County to see Dontaie Allen. Another possible Kentuckian for 2019? Possibly!

Also, it appears will checkout Keion Brooks. I wouldn’t expect Calipari to be in on that visit and it appears it will be Justus making the trip.


Article written by TJ Walker

9 Comments for Calipari can’t stop won’t stop

  1. babydangy
    4:57 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    Hurt reminds me of TJ Leaf.

  2. wildcat2012
    5:00 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    Love Maxey too but don’t get it twisted, Jalen Lecque is the best Guard in this class easily right now

  3. StuckinLville
    5:23 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    I think Cal has learned the hard he has to have some Kentucky boys on the roster. It means more for them to play in that jersey and it typically shows on the court. May not be the best, but gives 100% at all times.

    • Bobbum Man
      5:39 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

      That’s all good and well if you can get some worth putting on the court

  4. pancakesfordinner
    5:35 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    Based on that description of Hurt, how has he not signed with Duke already?

  5. runningunnin.454
    7:08 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    Kyle Wiltjer is white? LOL
    Is race going to be disclosed in player profiles now?

    • Megan
      11:44 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

      Some have compared him to Kyle Wiltjer because apparently we are only capable of comparing white players to other white players. When was the last time you heard a white player being compared to a black player? I heard it once during the NBA draft not too many years ago. That’s about it. Maybe one other time in my life. Which is odd considering how many black players there are to choose from. You’d think there’d be an apt comparison out there in most cases.

      What about the other way around: Has anyone ever heard a black player compared to a white player? “Tyrone Shoelaces is a Kiki Vandeweghe kind of player. He’ll play 30 minutes and get you 20 points on spot-up mid-range jumpers and free throws made at a high rate.” That’s even rarer.

  6. michaelb
    9:51 pm April 6, 2018 Permalink

    Did somebody say Wiltjer?! Heck yea !! Bombs away!!