Kentucky has turned to a full-court pursuit of 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Jackson.
On Thursday evening, UK head coach John Calipari made a trip to Waterford, MI to visit the 6-foot-9, 195-pound forward at his home, his second visit to see Jackson since the start of the fall recruiting period.
Calipari also visited Jackson at his school back on September 17, just two weeks after the No. 25 prospect in the senior class (247Sports Composite) took an official visit to Lexington and earned a scholarship offer from the school.
On Monday, Jackson announced a final three of Kentucky, Alabama, and Syracuse, cutting schools such as Michigan State, Memphis, and Louisville, among others, from his list.
After the visit on Thursday evening, Jackson’s father, Wes, told Chris Fisher of CatsPause.com that Calipari just wanted to stop by and “check on his progress.”
“Coach Cal came to see Isaiah tonight to check on his progress,” Jackson said. “He just told me, ‘Take care of your baby,’ because he knows how close me and Isaiah are. Protect your baby and that’s what I do. He told him just keep working hard, make sure he stays on track, keep eating right and working so he can make it to that next level.”
When asked about Kentucky specifically, Jackson told CatsPause.com that the Wildcats made the final cut and remain in strong contention due to the program’s track record of developing elite big men.
“Coach Calipari and Kentucky their brand and the level they can take Isaiah to [is why we’re interested],” he said. “The brand they have there is awesome. The track record speaks for itself and everything is lined up there. Going to Kentucky, he would have to earn his keep. Iron sharpens iron and the amount of weapons there and the bigs coming in, he would thrive there and have that competition and Kentucky provides that.”
Jackson is widely expected to make a decision after taking his official visit to Alabama on October 25, with the five-star forward opting to sign during the early signing period in November.
Until then, watch him work below: