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Picks now split between Kentucky, Memphis for James Wiseman

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Kentucky remained the favorite for five-star big man James Wiseman even after his former coach Penny Hardaway took the job at Memphis. Now, recruiting experts see the race between Hardaway’s Memphis and John Calipari’s Kentucky as a toss-up.

The last eight picks in Wiseman’s 247 Sports Crystal Ball have been for the Tigers, including that of Jerry Meyer, who flipped his pick from Kentucky last week:

Why did Meyer flip his pick? He explained the decision to Ben Roberts.

“I just think the chances are better he goes to Memphis than Kentucky. It’s hard to quantify,” he told the Herald-Leader. “A lot of this, obviously, is connecting the dots. But it would be hard for me to see him not going to Memphis.”

Both Calipari and Hardaway conducted in-home visits with Wiseman last week, after which Hardaway explained the difference between his pitch and Cal’s on Jon Rothstein’s College Hoops Today podcast.

“That’s my thing with the top guys: if Kentucky’s a one-and-done school, then we’re a one-and-done school with the help of you getting to the point to where you want to get to with your game because we understand the game and we played the game,” Penny said. “That’s just our pitch.”

Wiseman and DJ Jeffries will be in action this weekend with the Bluff City Legends (formerly Team Penny) at the Nike EYBL. Calipari probably won’t be in attendance after undergoing minor surgery on Tuesday, but I’m sure Joel Justus, Kenny Payne, or Tony Barbee will make sure Kentucky is well represented.

For more of Meyer’s comments on Wiseman, head on over to the Herald-Leader.



Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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19 Comments for Picks now split between Kentucky, Memphis for James Wiseman

  1. BBNDan7
    2:07 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    He’s not going to Memphis. He’s smarter than that

  2. plumloopy
    2:11 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    If the most recent eight picks are for Memphis, that’s not an even split.

  3. jahanc2uky
    2:18 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    Am I the only person who prefers the Carney/Hunt combo over Wiseman/Jefferies?

    • BigBlueMeade
      2:37 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

      Why not Wiseman/Carney? Lol that is #1 choice. Personally, as long as we get 2 of those 4 big men, I’m not going to be too worried.

  4. jos_ros_
    2:35 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    i hope recruits can look past just the AAU connection for penny to see he has 0 college coaching experience

  5. hohum
    3:54 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    To Penny Hardaway’s claim that they can do better to prepare the kid cause he played in the NBA – I say he will receive much better coaching at Kentucky because Kenny Payne played in the NBA and is considered one of the best, if not the best, at developing big men at Kentucky. Memphis has nothing on Kentucky and I used to live in Memphis and I coudn’t get out of there soon enough – that place sucks!!

    • callitlikeiseeit
      5:28 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

      the best at developing big men????? For those of you who think any coach develops any kid in the 7 or so months they have them just stop. If we are so great at developing then why does SKJ, Gabriel, POY, Richards etc still play average or worse. I know KAT and AD and all, helloe they were what they were when they got here.

    • Alex90
      9:45 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

      So how come the 3 best bog men in the NBA all played at UK? Thats not coincidence. Its not about teaching them the skills its about teaching them to put it all together against other great players. The odds of that many great big men coming through 1 school are too great for it to be a coincidence. Willie is an even better example to show what the staff does because he was REALLY raw coming out of HS. I say all this knowing you know nothing and are really just a hater.

    • Megan
      7:35 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

      You just revealed your ignorance, callit. You don’t think Kentucky developed any of those big men, including KAT and AD?

      You should have kept that thought to yourself. It’s embarrassing.

  6. Blublood41
    4:06 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    Hes just trying to hype up his program. Hes had Kentucky on his lips for quite a while.

  7. nicky
    4:11 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    Thanks for the update TT! Don’t really have time to stay on top of everything so coming here helps make it quick

  8. A_Blue_Wildcat
    4:19 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    He’s going to Memphis, it’s a done deal

  9. Headhurts
    4:30 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    If wiseman picks 1st time head coach at memphis over hall of fame Kentucky coach then I want what he’s smokin.

  10. Headhurts
    4:33 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink


  11. The Professor
    6:14 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    These guys know little more than you or I about where this kid is going. They are only guessing and by the looks of their % of being correct, they aren’t really that good at guessing.

    • kylebsanders7
      6:24 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

      I like Penny, but that’s not a great pitch. Play for us because we played in the NBA. How many former players are among the top of the coaching ranks? I’m sure he’s a cool guy, but the NBA game has changed a lot since the 90s.Their weren’t any Anthony Davis’s in the league for one, and Wiseman has that kind of potential. It’s not like Penny or Miller were game changers as players and if that’s the pitch with their coaching prowess, it will be a short lived experiment in Memphis. If he really had Wisemans best interest at heart, instead of his own, he would want him to go to UK, be seen on TV every game, get to play and practice against top competition, and be as best prepared for everything the NBA is as he possibly could. That’s why Memphis pulled the trigger and hired him, to exploit his relationship with Wiseman and his AAU connections. I guess he made the best choice for himself taking the job, and will make the best choice for himself by trying to stunt Wisemans development as a college player. Let the young man go where he’s wanted to go the whole time you’ve coached him. Let him compete for a championship. Do what’s best for him. If you truly care about him, his family, his future, and his dreams. Just saying…

  12. KYJelly
    11:20 pm April 27, 2018 Permalink

    Playing the game and being able to get a kid ready to play the game are different. Hopefully he’s smart enough to distinguish that

  13. chris43
    12:50 am April 28, 2018 Permalink

    IMO it’ll be tough to get him away from Penny. Hopefully I’m wrong but just hope that we don’t hold out for him and end up losing out on others players.