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.