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Interesting quote from five-star target Armando Bacot



During the summer evaluation period the Cats have shown new interest in five-star target Armando Bacot, but a recent quote from Bacot may have some questioning just how interested.

The No. 21 player in the class of 2019 has one the most impressive resumes in high school basketball. He won a state championship in Virginia. He won a gold medal this summer for the USA U18 team. His team won Peach Jam earlier this month and he was named MVP of the event. The kid is a winner, so it’s not surprising UK is interested.

The bad news- UK is way behind. Other schools, including a handful of bluebloods, have made Bacot a priority. 6-foot-10, 235-pound center just transferred to IMG Academy, and his stock has never been higher.

But, he still hasn’t heard from John Calipari. Bacot told Dan McDonald that he’s only heard from UK assistant Joel Justus.

“I’ve been talking to Joel Justus a lot, the assistant coach. I’m pretty sure Coach (John) Calipari will be reaching out soon. They just want to see me play hard and they like what I’m doing.”

The Cats have only offered three bigs in the class of 2019, so it didn’t come as a surprise to see UK reach out to other bigs, but the fact Calipari hasn’t called is somewhat surprising.

UK will lose Reid Travis after this season and odds are P.J. Washington and E.J. Montgomery leave, too. UK will need to add at least two bigs in the class of 2019, but most likely three. A dream class of James Wiseman, Vernon Carey Jr., and Matthew Hurt would be swell, but it seems unlikely.

UK’s staff knows what its doing, but if Kentucky wants to be a serious contender for Bacot they will need to hurry. Bacot is planning on cutting his list to five in the next few weeks. UNC is considered the leader.

Read McDonald’s story HERE.


Article written by TJ Walker

2 Comments for Interesting quote from five-star target Armando Bacot

  1. UKCatAttack
    6:35 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

    Make him earn that scholarship offer. It’s an honor to play at Kentucky. He’s going to appreciate that offer and call from Cal if and when it comes.

    • Cletis75
      9:08 pm July 24, 2018 Permalink

      The way the young man has been playing, that offer has been earned! Unless there’s some smoke the staff is sifting through, I think he gets the offer soon. I haven’t got to see a lot of film on him yet, but what I have has been impressive. Being MVP of peach jam is no small feat. There were a lot of good players there, especially big men.