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Kentucky Does NOT Make the Cut for Armando Bacot Jr.



Kentucky is not in contention for one of the best post players in the 2019 recruiting class.

During an ESPNU broadcast of the Las Vegas Classic Finals, Armando Bacot Jr. released his top five schools: Duke, North Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma State and VCU.  A five-star power forward who plays for IMG Academy in Florida, Bacot Jr. was named MVP of the Peach Jam finals and is considered the No. 7 center in America by the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.

The move to cut Kentucky might be somewhat of a surprise, until you consider the comment Bacot Jr. made earlier this week.  He said Joel Justus was his primary recruiter, but Bacot Jr. was still waiting to hear from John Calipari.  Coach Cal’s absence may have been enough to dissuade him away from UK.

Without Bacot Jr. in play, Kentucky will focus their full attention on Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman.

In other news from the ESPNU broadcast, Cole Anthony, the nation’s top-ranked point guard and Calipari’s No. 1 target at the position, revealed he will complete his high school career at Oak Hill Academy.


Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

8 Comments for Kentucky Does NOT Make the Cut for Armando Bacot Jr.

  1. krautdog
    5:32 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Evidently doesn’t fit Coach Cal’s system.

  2. Randall lee
    5:58 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink


  3. bwise
    6:01 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    And Julis mays was the best player to put on a Kentucky uniform (Drew Franklin)

  4. KYJelly
    6:22 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    I take this as good news, I think the only reason Cal doesn’t reach out is because he knows he doesn’t need to.

    Also, with all these kids listing Kentucky in their top 5 cause it makes them look good, it’s refreshing to see someone not list us when they don’t have interest

  5. mgwolfe
    6:25 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Kentucky isn’t for everyone. Obviously Cal not that interested. Kid might also have baggage or couldn’t handle an NBA type spotlight.

  6. (Aixelsyd)0505
    6:27 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Why in the hell is julius mays considered a top player at all?

    • Cletis75
      7:56 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

      Because he talked to Drew and made him feel good inside. Drew felt like a “real big deal of an insider.”

  7. UKWildcatNation
    9:25 pm July 28, 2018 Permalink

    Watched this kid play the entire Peach Jam…glad we passed. He needs a LOT of developing to be a dependable low post presence. Plus he did show much range, or any.