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.
Sources tell Cats Illustrated that Calipari will also be in to see top-10 player Scottie Barnes while visiting Cade. https://t.co/CeQNIqaSio
— Travis Graf (@Trav_Graf) October 7, 2019
KSR has since confirmed this report.
In an interview with Corey Evans of Rivals.com 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.