UK has made the final five for five-star target Jaden McDaniels. The 6-foot-11, 185-pound forward is ranked No. 4 in the 247 Sports Composite rankings but there hasn’t been a great deal of buzz between McDaniels and Kentucky.
It even came as a bit of a surprise when UK traveled to Seattle for an in-home visit with McDaniels earlier this month. Much was made over the summer when McDaniels said Kentucky was his favorite school growing up, but McDaniels backed off those comments saying he no longer has a favorite school.
Then things went quiet between McDaniels and UK. The Cats were contacting him “once or twice” a week, KSR was told.
Kentucky has clearly put in some work in this recruitment. The Cats being in the final five would likely indicate that McDaniels will officially be visiting UK, although no date has been made public.
It’s good news that UK made the final five, but the Cats still seem to be behind in McDaniels’ recruitment. Washington is the hometown school, his brother plays for San Diego State and Texas has half the predictions on his Crystal Ball. Plus, UK is the only school east of the Mississippi, although McDaniels has never said location is a factor in his recruitment.
UK will be potentially looking to replace its entire frontcourt for the 2019-2020 season, so bigs are a priority for the 2019 class. McDaniels isn’t a bruising forward and is more of a wing or even a guard than a power forward, so it’s unclear how exactly he would fit with UK’s frontcourt plans, but there’s no denying his skillset and versatility.