Tomorrow at noon, the recruiting dead period ends, meaning John Calipari will begin jetsetting across the country to check in on the nation’s top prospects. There will be a brief dead period next week before the action picks up again April 13-18.
With a few irons still in the fire for the 2018 class and plenty of work to do in 2019, here’s a refresher on where Kentucky stands with their top targets.
Kentucky could already use another big man next season and they’ll definitely need one should PJ Washington and/or Jarred Vanderbilt leave. According to Adam Zagoria, Montgomery and his family are on spring break this week but plan to host Calipari after that, along with coaches from North Carolina.
Montgomery doesn’t seem to be in any hurry to make his decision; he has yet to take official visits to most of the schools on his list and his interest in Kentucky will surely hinge on draft decisions, so don’t expect to hear anything until mid-May at the earliest.
Calipari reached out to Williams last week to express his interest, which is either an indicator that he expect more guards than Shai to leave or just wants to put a little pressure on Ashton Hagans (see below). Williams will visit Arizona State this weekend.
Hagans is still a 2019 recruit but expected to reclassify to 2018. He received a scholarship offer from Kentucky last week in response to buzz Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will go pro. Calipari will most assuredly visit him to make a pitch in person during the recruiting period. Right now, Kentucky leads Hagans’ Crystal Ball with 73% of the picks.
DJ Jeffries (Committed)
Kentucky’s lone commitment in the 2019 class is DJ Jeffries, and according to Ben Roberts, Calipari and Tony Barbee will check in with him on Saturday. As you may remember, Jeffries plays with fellow Kentucky target James Wiseman on the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny), which is why it only makes sense that, while in the area, Calipari will look in on…
Still no indication Wiseman will reclassify to 2018, but there is a rumor going around that there’s a push to get Wiseman to move schools for his senior year, specifically to Findlay Prep, coached by PJ Washington’s father Paul, which would get him out of Memphis and away from Penny Hardaway.
The AAU and high school teammates aren’t technically a package deal but they’re always mentioned as a pair. According to Adam Zagoria, they will both host Calipari next week.
Another recruiting note to keep in mind: The Jordan Brand Classic takes place on Sunday, which means you can watch future Cats Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson in action at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2, although whether or not Johnson plays after rolling his ankle last week remains to be seen.