Just when you thought the 2018 recruiting class was complete and the staff was moving on to 2019, we have more reclassification rumors heating up again.
And they’re centered around a very familiar face.
The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2019, James Wiseman, has been adamant about staying in his original class and being just a kid for one more year. But according to Rivals’ Krysten Peek, whispers are still out there that the 7-footer is contemplating a move to 2018.
And it likely wouldn’t be good news for Kentucky fans.
“There have been some rumors that Wiseman could possibly still reclassify to the 2018 class by the end of the summer. If that’s the case, Penny Hardaway and Memphis have a real shot in landing one of the top forwards in the class. I know Hardaway is close with Wiseman and although Kentucky is still in the race, if the reclassification rumors are true, Memphis could come out on top,” Peek said.
With Reid Travis, PJ Washington, EJ Montgomery, and Nick Richards in the fold, Wiseman’s addition this offseason isn’t necessary for Kentucky anymore. He’d have to stay two years due to his age, and he’d obviously be the star of the show in the frontcourt next season, but the opportunity to play immediately for his former high school coach would likely be more appealing.
According to Peek, a final decision could come at the end of summer.
“Wiseman has done a good job keeping his recruitment under wraps this spring. There will be a lot of attention on him at Peach Jam this weekend and I’m sure we’ll get a better idea of where he stands after this weekend. My guess is he’ll make his choice either by the end of the summer or the start of his senior year if he decides to stay in the 2019 class,” she said.
If you ask Wiseman, however, he’s planning on taking official visits in the fall. And though Kentucky and Memphis are seen as 1A and 1B in his recruitment, the elite big man says other schools have a shot, too.
“Schools still have a chance to get me. It’s not just Kentucky and Memphis. Other schools still have a chance,” Wiseman said.
“During the fall I am going to take five official visits to schools I am interested in,” said Wiseman. “I’ll be looking at the relationship with the coach and teammates, the atmosphere, can I fit into the environment.”
If you’re a Kentucky fan, you hope Wiseman stays in 2019, where there’s a legitimate shot he becomes the anchor of the Wildcat frontcourt and possibly the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2020.