Make that two offers for Kentucky basketball in the class of 2023.
Just one day after extending a scholarship to top-five prospect J.J. Taylor, John Calipari and the UK coaching staff have offered five-star forward Jalen Lewis, who is ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation by ESPN.
“Blessed to receive an offer from the University of Kentucky,” Lewis announced on social media. “Had a great talk with Coach Calipari and the rest of the staff!”
— Jalen Lewis (@jalenlewiss) June 16, 2021
Lewis is ranked No. 2 overall and No. 1 at the center position in ESPN’s latest rankings, with Rivals listing the 6-foot-9 prospect at No. 6 overall and 247Sports having him ranked No. 24 overall.
The native of Oakland, CA, who stands 6-foot-9, 210 pounds, also holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, California, Kansas, Stanford, Texas Tech, UC Davis, UCLA and USC.
Following his time at the USA Men’s Junior National Team Minicamp in Houston earlier this month, Lewis told Jason Jordan of Sports Illustrated that Kentucky was one of seven schools recruiting him the hardest, with the Wildcats joining the likes of Michigan, North Carolina, Arkansas, Cal, USC and Stanford. He previously averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds per game for Bishop O’Dowd in Oakland this past year.
“I score and all that, but I also wanted to show my playmaking ability,” Lewis told Sports Illustrated following USA Minicamp. “I feel like I’m really versatile and I can create for my teammates; I feel like that’s what makes me standout the most. … I just have a different mindset and I feel like my game has grown a lot over the last year. I’m excited to be able to show what I can do (this summer).”
Watch the newest Kentucky target work below:
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