Kentucky looks to be in good position with two of the best guards in 2017
Recruiting for the Class of 2017 is picking up, and with the potential of facing another mass exodus following the conclusion of the 2016-2017 season, Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari knows how important the 2017 class is.
Recently, two of Kentucky's top targets, point guard Trae Young and shooting guard Gary Trent Jr., spoke about the recruiting process and where Kentucky stands.
Young is Kentucky's top point guard target in the class. It seems that Calipari is putting all his eggs in one basket for Young, who is one of the best point guards in the class. According to Ben Roberts at the Herald-Leader, Young plans on cutting his list to five next month following the Peach Jam.
Kentucky has some stiff competition for Young, though Kentucky is seen as the leader by most in the recruiting world. Young recently took unofficial visits to Texas and Oklahoma State, but they are generally seen as being on the outside looking in. The two main competitors seem to be Washington and Oklahoma.
Young is from Norman, Oklahoma. He is right in the Sooners' backyard. He recently decided to play his senior year in Norman, strengthening the case for the Sooners. Young's friend and teammate, Michael Porter Jr., is seen as a near-lock to go to Washington after the Huskies hired Porter's father as an assistant. Young and Porter Jr. have spoken multiple times about forming a package deal in college, though those are notoriously unreliable. Porter Jr. is no longer considering Kentucky.
Another 2017 guard that is considering Kentucky is Gary Trent Jr. Trent is also planning on trimming his list following the Peach Jam to 5-7.
Trent is one of the top scoring guards in the class, and recently told the Herald-Leader that several schools have been in contact with him. He mentioned Kentucky, Duke, Ohio State, Michigan State, UCLA, Arizona, and Alabama.
Duke has typically been seen as the favorite for Trent, though it seems Kentucky has gained some ground along with Trent's friend Wendell Carter.
Kentucky seems to be squarely in the race for Trent, as he noted he plans to attend Big Blue Madness for the second time in October.
A backcourt of Young and Trent would easily be one of the top scoring backcourts in the country, but there is still a lot of time left before the 2017 class finalizes.