Kentucky paid a visit to one of the nation’s top prospects, regardless of class, on Monday evening.
Patrick Baldwin, a consensus top-three recruit in the class of 2021, received a visit in his hometown of Sussex, WI from the UK coaching staff.
Baldwin’s AAU program, Phenom University-Team Herro, announced the news on its official Twitter page last night.
— Phenom University (@PhenomUniverse) September 24, 2019
Baldwin, a 6-foot-8, 190-pound wing ranked as high as No. 2 in the nation (ESPN), currently holds offers from Kentucky, Duke, Kansas, North Carolina, and Florida, among others.
Back in August, Baldwin became the fifth player in the class of 2021 to earn an offer from Kentucky, joining Jonathan Kuminga, Terrence Clarke, Paolo Banchero, and Devin Askew as the only prospects to receive offers from the Wildcats at the time. Since then, Clarke reclassified to the class of 2020 and committed to Kentucky, while UK extended a scholarship to five-star guard Jaden Hardy last week.
“Grateful to have received an offer from Coach Calipari and The University of Kentucky!” Baldwin said after receiving his offer from John Calipari and the UK coaching staff.
Grateful to have received an offer from Coach Calipari and The University of Kentucky! pic.twitter.com/CNtL5I90jP
— Patrick Baldwin Jr. (@_pbaldwin23) August 2, 2019
Less than a week after Baldwin received his scholarship offer from UK, the five-star forward’s AAU program, Phenom University, announced a partnership with former Kentucky star and Wisconsin native Tyler Herro. Now, the team will officially be called “Phenom University-Team Herro” moving forward.
Though Duke has been seen as the runaway favorite to land Baldwin, could Herro’s new influence on his AAU program help Kentucky’s chances? Calipari obviously thinks so.
Brian Snow of 247Sports believes the UK target possesses great versatility, basketball IQ, shooting ability, and athleticism.
“Has great length and an excellent frame to add weight. At 6-foot-8, can play either forward spot and he has the ability to be a weapon from beyond the arc,” he said. “There aren’t many prospects who have the combination of skill, basketball IQ, size, and athleticism. Has gotten significantly better off the dribble, and it is easy to see why he is one of the premier prospects in the class of 2021. From an NBA perspective he has not only significant 3 and D potential as a forward, but his athleticism is getting better – which could mean future star status if everything continues to come together. Add in that he is a son of a coach who has been around the game his whole life, and Baldwin checks nearly every box you could want out of a prospect. Looks like he will develop into an NBA lottery pick.”
Check out some of his highlights from Peach Jam below: