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John Calipari will visit 2020 five-star forward Scottie Barnes

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

Photo: Jon Lopez/Nike

After visiting 2020 No. 2 prospect Cade Cunningham today, Kentucky head coach John Calipari will be in to see yet another elite prospect in the senior class.

According to Sources Say Podcast co-host and Cats Illustrated insider Travis Graf, Calipari will be in to see 2020 top-ten forward Scottie Barnes this evening.

KSR has since confirmed this report.

In an interview with Corey Evans of this weekend, Barnes said that he is focused on four schools moving forward: Oregon, Ohio State, Miami (FL), and Kentucky.

“Miami and Kentucky, along with [Oregon and Florida State). Those are my primary four,” he said. “I am probably going to do Kentucky and Miami visits pretty soon.”

In terms of his interest in Kentucky, Barnes said that they are a school that helps elite prospects get to the NBA, a top priority for him.

“Everyone knows about Kentucky and what they do there with their players,” he said. “They really help people to be one-and-done, which is what I really want to do.”

The 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward out of West Palm Beach, FL also added that he will be making his decision in the coming weeks, possibly as early as late October.

“I am probably going to commit sometime in November, or even late October,” he said.

Barnes, considered the No. 9 prospect in the class of 2020 according to 247Sports, has been seen as a strong Oregon lean for several months, with the Ducks currently holding 89% of picks on the five-star forward’s Crystal Ball.

With 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Todd cutting Kentucky from his list this morning, Barnes could serve as a strong replacement as a small-ball four to fit alongside, say, Greg Brown or Isaiah Jackson in the frontcourt.

Kentucky has already landed a commitment in the frontcourt from 2020 four-star forward Lance Ware, along with five-star guards Terrence Clarke and BJ Boston and four-star wing Cam’Ron Fletcher.

Needless to say, John Calipari is recruiting like a mad man right now.


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for John Calipari will visit 2020 five-star forward Scottie Barnes

  1. a21CATSfan
    1:47 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    There are only 6 options left (Askew, Cunningham, Barnes, Jackson, Omoruyi and Brown), and Cal needs at least 4 of them. Good luck coach, you are turning down some top talent. CATS

    • T-wah
      2:32 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      There has to be a legitimate reason Cal has pulled out of the race for Todd. I trust that Cal knows what he’s doing and is acting in the best interest of the program and university.

    • StuckinLville
      2:42 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      I think Cal is asking guys to commit and when they don’t, he goes and finds someone else. He said himself, we will not just be a hat on the table. Either you’re all in and want to be here, or you dont. Guys like Maxey, Allen, Whitney, Boston, and Fletcher are changing the game. If it’s your dream school, there should be no hesitation in committing. Three of them said UK was their dream school and as we saw with three of the ones I named, they committed on their visits. Cal isn’t messing with these kids and their egos.

    • Bruce Dickinson
      4:16 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      Cal knows what he is doing. If a kid has issues that is not something you want to bring into a locker room.

  2. BobbyBlue
    1:58 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    Kuminga likely will reclassify.

    • StuckinLville
      2:39 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      And dont forget Banchero might as well. They all say no this time of year because they still want to play in the spring circuit.

  3. IrishCat
    2:58 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    This move kind of puzzles me, unless Cal is going all in on the small ball idea and wants him as a four. W/ Clarke, Boston, and Fletcher in the fold, and some combo of Whitney, Brooks, Juzang and Allen coming back, we’re going to have a real log jam at wing.

    In Cal I trust.

    • StuckinLville
      4:11 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      It’s not a log jam when most of those guys are versatile enough to play multiple positions.

    • IrishCat
      4:44 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      They can all play either the 2 or 3, and a few may be able to play the 4. That’s 3 of the 5 positions. Mathematics dictate that that is indeed a logjam.

    • Cletis75
      5:11 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      You think 6-8 210 is small for a 4? That’s average size for a 4.

    • IrishCat
      8:18 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      I didn’t say he’s small, I said he’s a small ball 4, since his game is perimeter oriented and slashing. He’s got the size but he’s a natural 3.

    • Cletis75
      11:26 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      You’re throwing me off with the small ball comment. He fits the average size of a 4 at the college level. If he played the 5, that would be small ball!

    • Cletis75
      11:45 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

      I guess if they play him with 3 guards and another 4, like a Kuminga, Sestina, or Brown out of Texas, that would be small ball! Is that what you were saying?

    • IrishCat
      8:14 am October 8, 2019 Permalink

      Exactly Cletis.

  4. RAGE
    6:01 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    Just curious Jack… Do you think that maybe the late swing in this recruitment has anything to do with how Isaiah Todd recruitment ended with us??? I wouldn’t mind the trade off if it is… Or do you think it could be something else??? Only asking cause it seems that here in the last week we have some positive momentum here with Barnes… When I thought the quiet front here a while back meant that there wasn’t much hope of having even a chance to land Barnes… Like I said just curious cause I thought Todd was the major front court option for Cal and to find out that it was us as a university to end things with him…

  5. BobbyBlue
    6:26 pm October 7, 2019 Permalink

    Without even one mention of Ky by this kids camp for months this comes as a surprise to me