Billy Preston, one of the top basketball recruits in the class of 2017, visited Kentucky on Saturday morning before playing at the Thoroughbred Classic in Somerset.
Preston spent the morning in Lexington visiting campus and watching the team go through their morning shoot-around. Along with Preston, was teammate Trevon Duval, the No. 1 point guard in th country.
Preston met Coach Cal for the first time at the team’s morning practice.
“It was great,” he told the Herald-Leader. “At the end of it all, when he’s done coaching, he’s definitely going to go down as one of the greatest coaches in college basketball. So it was an honor for me to meet him and exchange a few words with him.”
Preston’s mother, who accompanied her son to Kentucky, sat in the stands at Pulaski County High School telling people that she would love to see her son play for Kentucky one day.
“She definitely is a Kentucky fan,” Preston said. “We keep up with Kentucky. We’ve been watching the whole season so far. A player in this era, you can’t make a final decision without having Kentucky in there, if you have an offer from them. It’s just one of those type of schools.”
Preston is currently ranked No. 5 overall prospect by 247Sports and is considered a top-10 player nationally by most recruiting websites. The 6-foot-9 power forward finished with 22 points and the most valuable player award when his Advanced Prep International (Texas) team defeated Thon Maker’s Athlete Institute (Ont.) squad.
Preston does not have an offer from Kentucky yet, but coach Kenny Payne has been in regular contact with Preston’s mom regarding his recruitment.
“Like I said, no player is going to cut it down without Kentucky being on the list,” he said. “When I get that offer, I’m definitely going to consider them heavily.”