Kentucky is set to host the nation’s No. 1 overall prospect on an official visit this weekend.
According to Jacob Polacheck of ZAGSBLOG.com, 2022 five-star center Jalen Duren will take a mid-week official visit to Memphis from June 23-24, followed by a trip to Lexington this weekend.
Jalen Duren, the nation's No. 2 ranked prospect, will be taking an official visit to Memphis from Wednesday-Thursday, sources tell ZAGSBLOG.
He is also expected to visit Kentucky this weekend. pic.twitter.com/fRsoKbN15d
— Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) June 22, 2021
Duren, a 6-foot-10, 230-pound center out of Philadelphia, PA, previously told KSR he had three official visits set up in Miami (FL), Memphis and Kentucky to close out the month of June. His trip to Miami took place last week, while his trips to Memphis and Kentucky are Duren’s only two other visits scheduled at this time.
Prior to scheduling his three official visits, the five-star center previously cut his list down to 11 options, with Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Miami (FL), Memphis, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA and Villanova left standing among college programs, along with the G League and National Basketball League (NBL) being included among professional options.
As for Kentucky, Duren told KSR that the program’s history “speaks for itself.”
“I definitely see them changing around their whole program for the betterment, continue the success they’ve been having. Everyone knows Kentucky and the history, it speaks for itself,” said Duren. “I definitely notice the energy they’re bringing and I like it.”
While the public assumption in recent months is that Duren is planning to take the money and turn pro, the UK target told KSR that money won’t be the primary factor when it comes time for a decision.
“I don’t really look at the money too much, I’m not really a flashy guy who really needs the money,” he said. “People automatically think, ‘oh, they’re going to offer money, so he’s going to go there.’ I don’t think like that. It’s really about development for me, I try to preach that a lot. Everyone I talk to whether it’s pro or college, it’s about how they’re going to develop me. When I look at the money aspect, it’s not really about that for me. I don’t care too much about it.”
Duren is considered the No. 1 overall prospect in Rivals’ 2022 recruiting rankings, while ESPN and 247Sports list him at No. 2 overall.