Kentucky’s pursuit of 2020 five-star forward Isaiah Jackson remains full-speed ahead.
On Tuesday evening, UK head coach John Calipari paid a visit to the 6-foot-9, 195-pound power forward out of Waterford Mott HS (MI).
In an interview with Adam Zagoria of ZAGSBLOG, Jackson’s father, Wesley Jackson, said things went very well and his son is still a top priority for the Kentucky coaching staff.
“Cal came to the high school yesterday,” Jackson said. “The visit went well. He said he just wanted him to know personally Isaiah is an important piece to his recruitment.”
Jackson, the No. 25 prospect overall and the No. 3 power forward in the class of 2020 (247Sports), took an official visit to Kentucky on August 30. He has a trip to Syracuse scheduled for Sept. 27-29, followed by another official visit to Alabama in October. The 6-foot-9 forward is widely expected to make a decision and sign in November.
Jackson joins 2020 five-star forwards Isaiah Todd and Greg Brown, along with four-star forward Cliff Omoruyi, as Kentucky’s top options in the frontcourt for next season. Should he ultimately decide to go to college, top-ten prospect Makur Maker would also likely become a major priority for the UK coaching staff.
Recently, 2020 five-star power forward Dawson Garcia cut Kentucky from his list after failing to receive an offer, giving UK one less potential frontcourt option in the spring. He told KSR in June that he was “very high” on Kentucky and was excited to have the coaching staff watch him during the live recruiting period in July, but an illness kept him from competing with D1 Minnesota on the adidas circuit.
Last week, Kentucky received a commitment from 2020 four-star forward Lance Ware, meaning they will likely still have two or three scholarships remaining in the frontcourt following the expected departures of E.J. Montgomery, Nick Richards, and Nate Sestina next offseason.
They’ll have to fight off Alabama, who is seen as a serious contender in this recruitment, for Jackson, but Kentucky is right in the thick of things with a decision expected in the coming months.
Until then, check out some of Jackson’s most recent highlights from Peach Jam below: