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Could former Louisville commit Anfernee Simons end up at Kentucky?

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After losing Zion Williamson to Duke last weekend, Kentucky’s options are fairly limited to finish out the class of 2018.

Moses Brown was seen as the likeliest target for the Cats, but an offer from Kentucky never came, and he committed to UCLA. James Wiseman, the No. 1 prospect in the class of 2019, is rumored to reclassify, but we won’t hear anything on that for the next several months.

Beyond that, only three of ESPN’s top-25 recruits have yet to commit to a school: No. 5 Romeo Langford, No. 7 Anfernee Simons, and No. 16 EJ Montgomery.

Langford and Kentucky had a mutual breakup this past summer following their time in Egypt, leaving just Vanderbilt, Indiana, and Kansas for his services.

The other two, however, are now being listed as options for the Wildcats.

Simons, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Florida, was committed to Louisville since November of 2016. After the highly-publicized FBI investigation with the school, Simons decommitted last September.

Florida and Tennessee have been seen as the leaders in his recruitment, but according to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader, there is mutual interest between Simons and Kentucky, and that could pick up in the near future.

Roberts says that though there has been no reported interest between both parties, “don’t be surprised if that changes in the coming weeks.”

This morning, news broke that EJ Montgomery listed Kentucky as a finalist in his recruitment, and that the Wildcats had offered a scholarship.

Montgomery, a 6-foot-10, 210-pound forward out of Georgia, also said visiting Duke would be a priority of his in the coming weeks.

ESPN’s Jeff Borzello told Roberts that even with the Duke interest, he expects Kentucky to win out in the end if it becomes a two-horse race between the schools.

“I’ve been told that Kentucky’s made a stronger push, Duke’s made a stronger push. And right now, in my opinion, I’m guessing Kentucky would be the more likely of the two to really keep pursuing him, given that they really want another frontcourt player,” he told the Herald-Leader.

I don’t know about you, but I would be just fine with picking up Simons and Montgomery as consolation prizes to losing Williamson.

Bring ’em on home, Cal.

To read the entire Herald-Leader update on the 2018 recruiting class, head on over here.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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7 Comments for Could former Louisville commit Anfernee Simons end up at Kentucky?

  1. Rembrandt
    7:35 pm January 26, 2018 Permalink

    I think Montgomery could become one of the steals of the 2018 class, and would fill an important need on our baseline. So I would like to see him in blue and white.

    I am split on whether we need Simons, since I think Herro is another one of the steals of the class. But if Gilgeous Alexander leaves, we will probably need another big guard.

  2. runningunnin.454
    7:52 pm January 26, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t see Gilgeous Alexander leaving; and we need a big man, not another guard.
    I’m afraid Montgomery is headed to Duke…Egad. They used to say it about us….the rich get richer.

    • Rembrandt
      6:29 am January 27, 2018 Permalink

      Gilgeous Alexander is already projected as a first round draft choice, and his draft stock is likely to improve by March. He is the next most likely Wildcat after Knox to be drafted this year. The best evidence that Gilgeous Alexander probably won’t be back would be our coaching staff trying to sign Simons in the spring.

  3. BBNDan7
    7:54 pm January 26, 2018 Permalink

    If wiseman reclassifies and comes here then missing all those recruits no longer matters

    • Rembrandt
      6:49 am January 27, 2018 Permalink

      I give the possibility of Wiseman reclassiying more credibility than most people do. Players never announce they are reclassifying until the summer. Even so, it must be considered unlikely.

      But whatever Wiseman decides, Montgomery would be a great get for Cal for a bunch of reasons. If Knox leaves, returning bigs would be Richards, Killeya Jones, Wynyard, and Gabriel. All will get better with another year, but only Richards has a real chance to become an impact baseline player. Signing Montgomery would give Cal five more fouls to give and, more importantly, a physical player who can rebound and alter shots. Montgomery could play 20-25 minutes a game here at 4/5 as a freshman. I don’t share the Duke paranoia rampant in our fan base, but I would rather see Montgomery playing for us than against us. Duke aside, he could still end up at another SEC school. If Cal signs him, maybe our most spoiled fans would take a break from throwing Cal under the bus for a while.

  4. Ez21
    3:22 am January 27, 2018 Permalink

    That’s a big if that doesn’t seem very likely.

  5. Swizzle
    8:54 am January 27, 2018 Permalink

    Duke bringing the duffel bags in 3, 2,1