Though UK is trying hard to get both Quade Green and Trae Young, that scenario is looking unlikely.
Speaking with the Herald-Leader, Scout.com recruiting director Evan Daniels said that UK getting both is so unlikely that it’s “100 percent out of the question.”
That puts UK in a tricky spot if true. They really want both, and Green is planning to make a decision during the early signing period, which runs from November 9-16.
Young is looking to make a decision in December, if not later, and not sign until the spring. Even though UK is in great position for both, there is a scenario in which they miss out on both, depending on how John Calipari approaches it.
“I think they very likely get one of those guys,” Daniels said. “I don’t think it’s out of the realm of possibility that they miss on both. They’re one of a couple of schools with both guys, but it’s not a shoo-in. Neither is a shoo-in.”
UK is trying to fend off Oklahoma for Young, who hails from Norman and has made it clear staying close to home is something he’s strongly considering for college.
As for Green, he is likely down to Syracuse and UK. He’ll visit the Cuse on Friday, so we could get a better idea of his recruitment next week.
If UK were to go all-in on Green and stop pursuing Young, Green would very likely commit to UK. However, Calipari has been targeting Young for over a year to be his 2017 point guard, so it’s hard to see him letting up now.
You can’t ever blame a five-star point guard for not wanting to be part of a class that includes another five-star point guard, though Calipari was able to do it with John Wall and Eric Bledsoe in his first class at UK.
I still believe UK gets Young and keeps pursuing Green, but it’s looking more and more like the latter won’t be part of this class for the Cats.
But don’t ever count Calipari out in any recruitment, nor any scenario. UK should want both, so Calipari is right to keep pursuing both until the last possible minute.