John Calipari missed out on Paolo Banchero, but Kentucky is still hitting the recruiting trail hard.
Friday afternoon, five-star combo guard out of the class of 2021 Hunter Sallis announced on Twitter that he has received a scholarship offer from the University of Kentucky.
— Hunter Sallis (@HunterSallis_) August 21, 2020
Sallis ranks as the No. 2 combo guard in the nation, according to 247 Sports composite ranking, and the No. 19 ranked player overall for the class of 2021. He’s listed at 6-foot-3 and plays his high school ball at Millard North High School located in Omaha, Nebraska.
Kentucky has been involved with Sallis since news broke last Friday that Kennedy Chandler made a commitment to Tennessee. The UK program was high on Chandler before he joined the Vols but are now looking elsewhere. Joel Justus is the lead recruiter for Sallis.
KSR’s own Jack Pilgrim wrote a bit about Sallis last week, noting how many believed that an offer was coming sometime soon for Sallis after the Chandler commitment. In Jack’s post, he refers to a roundtable discussion that was done by some of the folks at Rivals, where Corey Evans bragged about Sallis and how he’s been living up to his lofty ranking.
“We were ahead of the curve with him and he is showing that we are correct with his 11th overall ranking,” Evans said. “He [Sallis] is the embodiment of the new age guard that has the size, length, shot-making and passing qualities that would allow for him to play all three spots along the perimeter and he has only gotten better each step of the way.”
As of right now, Sallis holds 25 different offers, including ones from powerhouse programs such as Kansas, Louisville, North Carolina, Michigan, and Gonzaga. Evans also pointed out how Sallis has yet to cut his list of schools down and how that could be a good sign for the ‘Cats, who are coming in a bit behind the other suitors.
“Kansas and North Carolina feel like the two to beat,” Evans added. “But don’t shortchange the chances of Creighton, Iowa State, Gonzaga, Louisville, or Nebraska. Michigan just offered. Kentucky has also begun to pick things up with him and if an offer is handed out, which I expect it will sometime soon, the Wildcats could be a trendy team to watch with the five-star guard.”
Watch Sallis work.