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Vernon Carey to announce his top three this week

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Recruiting news is hot and heavy today. It was announced on Monday that James Wiseman will commit on Tuesday and Vernon Carey Jr. announced he will cut his list to three at some point this week. Both announcements don’t appear to be great news for the Cats.

Most experts expect the 6-foot-10, 275-pound Floridian to end up at Michigan State or Duke, so it seems likely the Spartans and Blue Devils will make up two of his final three, but can the Cats beat out the hometown Hurricanes to be the final team on his list?

I’m not sure Kentucky or Miami can do enough to jump ahead of Duke or Michigan State, but it seems like it will be the Cats or the Canes as the third team on the list. Sometimes in recruitments you will see targets keep the hometown school listed as a favor to keep the program in the news. But other times it’s the opposite. If a recruit knows he’s not going to a school he does the school a favor by eliminating them so they can move to other targets.

If UK makes the final three they will fight to the bitter end to Carey Jr., so I wouldn’t worry about UK wasting time on Carey Jr., but obviously if Carey Jr., decides to include Miami then it’s all over for Kentucky. North Carolina is the other school Carey Jr., is considering.

The Cats could miss out on Wiseman and Carey this week, and that wouldn’t be good. Another recruitment where UK once had momentum is now just fighting to make the final three. Recruiting remains wild, folks.

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Article written by TJ Walker

9 Comments for Vernon Carey to announce his top three this week



  1. Cokely53
    11:40 am November 19, 2018 Permalink

    I don’t think anything is wrong with Cal. Sometimes these things just don’t work out. Just have had a feeling for awhile we would come in 2nd for all these guys and so far it’s looking to be the case.



    • Iamheasyouarehe
      12:02 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      Now that everyone sees there will be no consequences for paying recruits it appears they may be doing business as usual.



  2. Cokely53
    11:42 am November 19, 2018 Permalink

    But to add to it. Somethings gotta change. If we aren’t getting the top guys then we either need to change some assistants or get these guys to stay. Second tier one and dones are a 1 way ticket to mediocrity having to rebuild each year with nothing to show for it.



    • Carcrook
      11:51 am November 19, 2018 Permalink

      My thoughts, exactly.



    • bbanks81
      1:02 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      I could not have said it any better! Cal’s System simply doesn’t work unless we get one super elite player in each class. I believe this is now 4 straight years without a top 3 recruit. We won’t get back to the Final Four unless things change.



  3. Booher
    12:19 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Need coach O back badly



    • BigBlueWheels
      1:41 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      I commented on a post last week where I insinuated the recruiting success correlation between Coach O and Kentucky. I don’t recall that O has done anything spectacular with recruiting at his other head coaching spots…but the pairing of him, Cal and Kentucky was firing so well it was a cant miss year after year (it seemed).



    • bigcat68
      9:58 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

      Pay Coach O whatever it takes to get him back.



  4. kysportsblog
    1:42 pm November 19, 2018 Permalink

    Safe money is that Kentucky doesn’t get either of these guys, but I also wouldn’t be surprised if they did. Check me out on Twitter: @kysportsblog