John Calipari has eyed a new point guard target in the 2019 recruiting class.
Last week, Nico Mannion officially reclassified from the 2020 to the 2019 class. Not long after he made the move, Mannion told reporters in Las Vegas that Kentucky and North Carolina “got into the mix” in his recruitment. He’s talked to Calipari, but has not yet received a scholarship offer.
Already considered the No. 1 point guard in the 2019 class by 247 Sports, the 6’3″ Pinnacle, Arizona native was expected to release a top five this week, but the emergence of Kentucky and North Carolina delayed that decision. The other frontrunners in his recruitment are Duke, Villanova and Arizona. If the home-state school can’t keep Mannion, the Wildcat fans are not going to be happy.
Kentucky already has one committed combo guard in the 2019 class, Tyrese Maxey, but after watching Mannion’s highlights, you’ll understand why he’s piqued Coach Cal’s interest.