2020 four-star forward J.T. Thor has a decision to make in the coming months, and it’s not just where he plans on going to college, but also when.
After reclassifying to the class of 2020 back in August, the 6-foot-8 power forward out of Norcross, GA is considering a move back to 2021.
“There’s even a case that he may go back to the 2021 class because there’s a core class that he still has to do,” Thor’s brother, Jal, told ZAGSBLOG this week. “When he re-classified at Huntington Prep, they gave him some of those junior classes. So, even though he was originally a sophomore, he has to go back and take some of those classes. He’s kind of playing catch up right now.”
The preference is still to attend college this fall, but it’s no longer a done deal.
“He’d probably prefer to go college this fall in 2020,” Thor said. “Whether it’s him enrolling in August, assuming he finishes those summer school classes. It would definitely be a situation in which he’d likely go 2020.”
If he does ultimately decide to move back, Kentucky may jump ahead of the pack as the runaway favorite.
“2021 would be a lean towards Kentucky because all of those guys would be coming out,” Thor told ZAGSBLOG. “The lean would be towards Kentucky if he were to go 2021 because he’d have to go a post-grad year and get those core classes finished. Regardless, he’s going to graduate in May. It’s just two core classes that we’re trying to fit in there, probably in the summertime because he can’t miss winter.”
As of right now, Thor is planning on taking two visits in the coming weeks.
The first? Arizona, followed by Kentucky not long after.
“We’re really looking [to visit] in late-February or early-March, catching those last conference games and really those last conference tournament dates,” Thor said in the interview. “If anyone is first, it’ll probably be Arizona. Then, obviously Kentucky. He likes Kentucky a lot.”
Though he doesn’t officially hold an offer from Kentucky for 2020 or 2021, Thor still sees UK as a prime option for the four-star forward.
“That big stage, playing against the best, and that tradition,” Thor’s brother said of the Wildcats. “He just likes to compete everyday, playing against some of the best guys in the world. That’s what Coach [John Calipari] does. He gets his players ready for the NBA and holds everybody to a certain standard. That’s why he likes Kentucky. He’s a battler and he wants to battle. He used to be roommates with Jonathan Kuminga. He was the little guy, but he’s always loved battling. That’s why Coach Cal and that whole Kentucky vibe mesh well with him.”
Outside of UK, Thor is expected to choose between Arizona, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma State, and UCLA.
While his final destination isn’t certain, one thing Thor’s camp is rather certain of is the fact that the professional route is not an option.
“He’s definitely not going the pro route,” Thor said. “He’s going to go to school, it just depends whether or not he’s going ’20 or ’21. A lot of people have said he’s considering the pro route, but we don’t see that happening. That’s not something he wants to do.”
Thor is considered the No. 50 overall prospect and No. 8 power forward in the class of 2020.
To read the entire interview with ZAGSBLOG, check it out here.