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?
Final 3 this week!!?
— Vernon Carey Jr. (@vernoncarey22) November 19, 2018
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.