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Confirmed Big Blue Madness visitor list grows to ten

Two more visitors have been added to the confirmed Big Blue Madness visitor list, which now sits at ten total prospects.

Kentucky will now host at least three prospects in each of the upcoming 2020, 2021, and 2022 recruiting classes.

For 2020, the star of the show is No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham, with UK commitments Terrence Clarke and Lance Ware also confirmed to be in attendance. Four-star forward and Bardstown’s own JJ Traynor will also be in Lexington for the event on an unofficial visit.

Cunningham, Kentucky’s top guard target in the class of 2020, received a visit from John Calipari at his school on Monday, sparking significant UK buzz in his recruitment over the past several days. The 6-foot-7 guard out of Arlington, TX is down to Kentucky, Oklahoma State, North Carolina, Florida, and Washington, with the Wildcats, Cowboys, and Tar Heels seen as the current favorites.

Traynor, a 6-foot-8, 180-pound forward out of Bardstown, KY, received a visit from UK assistant Kenny Payne last month and took an unofficial to UK last week. The top-100 prospect and No. 1 recruit in the state of Kentucky has not earned a scholarship from the school at this time, though one is expected in the near future. Traynor has not cut his list, though Kentucky, Louisville, Western Kentucky, and Cincinnati are seen as the top contenders in his recruitment.

Clarke, the No. 4 prospect in the class of 2020, and Ware, the No. 33 recruit in the nation (247Sports), both committed to Kentucky back in September.

As for the class of 2021, top-ten forwards Paolo Banchero (official) and Moussa Cisse (unofficial) lead the way, with four-star forward Trey Kaufman also in attendance on an unofficial.

Banchero, ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation (Rivals) and considered a consensus top-four prospect in the class of 2021, recently trimmed his list down to ten. Those in contention? Kentucky, Washington, Duke, Tennessee, Gonzaga, North Carolina, Michigan, Baylor, Georgetown, and Memphis.

Cisse, the No. 9 prospect in the junior class, received an offer from Kentucky back on September 30 when John Calipari visited him at his school. The 6-foot-9, 200-pound Memphis, TN native holds confirmed offers from Kentucky, Connecticut, Georgia, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Memphis, and Ole Miss, with the Tigers currently seen as the favorite.

As for Kaufman, he doesn’t currently hold an offer from Kentucky, though UK assistant coach Joel Justus made the trip to Sellersburg, IN to watch the four-star forward at his high school. At 6-foot-8, 210 pounds, Kaufman is listed as the No. 29 overall recruit in the class of 2021 on 247Sports and holds offers from Indiana, Lousiville, Xavier, and Purdue, among others.

Finally, top-15 prospect Brandon Miller and four-star point guard Paul McMillan IV will represent the 2022 class, with Eastern High School (Louisville) prospect James Jewell also making his way to Lexington. All three sophomore recruits will be in town on unofficial visits.

Miller, a 6-foot-6, 175-pound small forward out of Antioch, TN, is considered the No. 11 overall prospect in the class of 2022 in the 247Sports Composite rankings. His lone confirmed offer comes from the Tennessee Volunteers.

McMillan, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound point guard out of Cincinnati, OH, currently holds offers from his hometown Cincinnati Bearcats and Xavier Musketeers. 247Sports lists the four-star prospect as the No. 34 recruit and No. 5 overall point guard in the sophomore class.

To close things out, Jewell, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Louisville, KY, is currently unranked among all recruiting services, though he is considered one of the best up-and-coming prospects in the state and has separated himself as the No. 1 player in Kentucky for 2022.

Known for his elite athleticism, length, and motor, Jewell – who played varsity as a freshman last year – averaged 3.6 points and 1.8 rebounds per game as a role player off the bench in 2018-19.

Needless to say, it’ll be a busy weekend for the Kentucky basketball program…


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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9 Comments for Confirmed Big Blue Madness visitor list grows to ten

  1. BBN1982
    6:52 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Louisville is winning with a terrible team, Kentucky is losing with talent against no good teams. UL has momentum and guarantee he goes there.

    • scoutingU
      7:26 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      You do realize Louisville is beating terrible teams? They beat a Boston College team by 3. The same B.C team that lost to Kansas at home by 24, and gave up 600 yards to KANSAS for crying out loud.

    • Cletis75
      9:18 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Who tf are you talking about?

    • robman181
      10:07 am October 11, 2019 Permalink

      Actually Kentucky is winning more games than any other program and Louisville lost in the first round to porkchop U last year and missed the tourney the year before, but hey… facts.

  2. JT55
    6:55 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Need a PG and another couple post players for next season.

  3. mashman 93
    7:30 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

    Lance Clarke? I know who you mean Jack just messing with you. As usual another great post.

  4. Smyrna_Cat
    9:00 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink


    • Cletis75
      9:19 pm October 10, 2019 Permalink

      Wish I wasn’t working! Cheer these guys on, make them feel special BBN!

  5. BobbyBlue
    1:01 pm October 11, 2019 Permalink

    How can Cal give the individual attention to Cunningham, that will be needed, with this huge group ?
    Not to mention Banchero will have to be subjected to the full dales pitch, as he is on an official visit, and it isn’t impossible that he decides to reclassify.
    Also they can’t ignore ZClsrk even though he had commited.
    I guess Cal has it all figured out, and if any one could it would be him.