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Kentucky reaches out to another point guard

Photo by Jon Lopez, Nike

Photo by Jon Lopez, Nike

With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander likely declaring for the NBA Draft tomorrow night, it’s clear John Calipari wants to add another point guard to next year’s squad.

Last week, he offered Ashton Hagans, the top point guard in the 2019 class that is expected to reclassify to 2018. Last night, Kentucky reached out to Brandon Williams, a four-star 2018 guard that decommitted from Arizona last month. The news comes from Jeff Goodman, who says Williams is still considering Arizona, along with Arizona State, Gonzaga, and Oregon.

I’ll admit I’m not familiar at all with Williams’ game, so here’s what ESPN’s scouting report says about it.

“Williams is a rangy point guard prospect that possesses a nice combination of facilitating and scoring. He has long arms, ideal speed and quickness, and he is explosive in transition. He always has his head up in transition for the look-ahead pass and he can score. He loves to attack going right and he is getting more consistent finishing through contact. In addition, he can spot up and knock down jump shots (3-point range) with consistency. He has good instincts for the game (getting in the passing lanes) and he has moxie as well.”

No scholarship offer seems to have been made, so Calipari was likely just gauging Williams’ interest. Or maybe he’s sending a message to Ashton Hagans? Or maybe more guards are leaving than we expect? One thing is for certain: the Cats won’t be short-handed at guard next year.

UPDATE: Per our friend Aaron Torres, Calipari reached out to Williams’ high school coach directly, a task he often leaves to his assistants.


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14 Comments for Kentucky reaches out to another point guard

  1. WatchutalkinboutWillis
    4:45 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I would love to see all 13 scholarships filled with guys committed to getting better and preparing for the next level in our program. To me, this ideally comes in the form of 7 guards and 6 versatile bigs.

  2. ScottGreene22
    4:48 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Go get him CAL

  3. secrick
    4:50 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Or maybe he just wants 6 guys that can shot the three . Look at Villanova

  4. Jiminy Crickets
    4:51 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Quade green

    • Jiminy Crickets
      5:39 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

      Or maybe just maybe hagans is not as much a lock as KSR seems to believe. This site seems to have already penciled him into next year’s roster

  5. jos_ros_
    5:07 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    possibly putting the pressure on ashton

  6. BonnieTayshaunBilly
    5:35 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I really want Kyky Tandy.

  7. bbnZach
    5:58 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Cal taking recruiting into his own hands! These assistants aren’t cutting it!!! Get em coach!!!

  8. Dowser
    6:40 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    Hopefully it’s not a bad sign about Ashton Hagans interest. He’s impressive, to say the least.

  9. dismore
    6:50 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    He’ll go elsewhere unless he wants to sit then transfer.

  10. a21CATSfan
    8:21 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    I hate to admit it, but this could mean the entire 17’-18’ “backcourt” is gone. Shai and Hami are all but locks and Knox should probably go; Quade is transferring. Reload with Baker, Quickley, Herro, Johnson and one of Hagans and Williams.

  11. big cat
    9:02 pm April 2, 2018 Permalink

    No one knows what will happen….but glad Cal is involved…can’t see Quade leaving but I’ll be honest to admit that Villanova could be an option…and isn’t Quade from PA? Hmmmm!!!