Kentucky is reportedly the leader for one of the top prospects in all of high school basketball.
According to Corey Evans of Rivals.com, Kentucky is the frontrunner to land 2020 five-star guard Jalen Green.
“I think they’re the leader. I definitely do,” Evans told Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “They’ve really done a great job of prioritizing him.”
Green, a consensus top-five rising senior, currently holds offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Kansas, UCLA, Oregon, Florida State, and Arizona, among others.
But if you ask the national recruiting analyst, Kentucky has separated themselves from the pack in terms of overall work ethic by the coaching staff.
“They’ve been adamant about him being that next ‘2’ guard athlete that Kentucky has been known for. And that’s on his mind,” Evans said. “That’s definitely a top school of his growing up, and I don’t think anyone has worked harder in his recruitment than Kentucky.”
While Kentucky head coach John Calipari has been in regular contact with the dynamic scoring guard and has even flown out to California to visit with him and his family twice, UK’s top recruiter tasked with reeling in the 6-foot-5 combo guard out of Prolific Prep is assistant coach Joel Justus. The Wildcat assistant has visited Green multiple times over the last year and plans on seeing him in the immediate future, as well.
Green, who averaged 30.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game this past season, made the final 12-man roster for the USA Basketball U19 team set to compete for the FIBA World Cup in Greece starting this weekend. Sources tell KSR that Justus is expected to fly overseas and represent Kentucky at the event, with the No. 1 combo guard in the nation being the key target in mind.
During tryouts for the event, Green told Evans that Kentucky’s pitch speaks for itself. “It is just Kentucky,” he said.
“Coach Cal, he just talks about how I have to come out and do my thing. I can’t really have any distractions on the side but just focus on my game and to get my shot better. He says that I play good defense … just a lot of good things,” he said. “It is just Kentucky. The pros that come out of there and Coach Cal is a great coach. The system that they have over there and not even on the court, but what they have going off of the court, too.”
UK will then have the opportunity to see Green in person this winter right in their own backyard, as the five-star prospect will be participating in the Grind Session this winter, which goes through Marshall County, KY on multiple occasions each year. One of those events? The Marshall County Hoopfest.
Green has told KSR on multiple occasions now that it is still very early in the recruiting process and he is in no rush to make a decision, but it’s certainly a good sign that Kentucky has put themselves in solid position when that time does come.