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.