It looks like UK is on life support in the recruitment of Lonnie Walker.
The five-star shooting guard will likely not be making an official visit to UK this weekend as originally planned, according to the Herald-Leader. It’s never a good sign with a recruit cancels a visit with a school, especially when said player hasn’t been on that campus of that school.
This only adds to the belief that UK is all but out of the running as Walker has zeroed in on Arizona and Villanova with Syracuse also in the running, as evidenced by his 247 Crystal Ball:
That’s not a surprise though for UK, who continues to recruit fellow 2017 guards/wings Hamidou Diallo and John Petty.
UK is also trying to add a pair of five-star point guards in Quade Green and Trae Young, which makes the backcourt potentially even more crowded next year without Walker.
Elsewhere, UK got some good and bad news on the P.J. Washington front. After narrowing his list to Arizona, UNLV and UK earlier this week, Washington has now made a slight alteration.
Five-star forward P.J. Washington is no longer visiting Arizona this weekend. He's now down to Kentucky, UNC and UNLV.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) October 20, 2016
Getting Arizona out of the picture is good news for UK, but seeing UNLV back in the picture could be bad news. Because Washington’s father, Paul, is the head coach at Findlay Prep in Nevada, there’s the possibility that could lead to a pipeline for Paul and P.J. to go from Findlay to UNLV next year.
Seeing that P.J. is now considering UNLV again certainly keeps that possibility open, but UK is still in the driver’s seat if Washington signs this fall.
Speaking of, P.J. wrote on his blog about his upcoming plans, which includes an official visit to UNLV.
“I have a visit scheduled for Nov. 4 to UNLV.
“I knew this decision was gonna be tough, but just getting to know the coaches and players and spending time on the campus makes it even harder. I’m just getting all of the information together so I can make the best decision.
“I don’t really know when I’m planning to decide. We’ll see what happens.”