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Jarred Vanderbilt recruited by Malik Monk; Both faced similar college decisions

Stay home and play for the up-and-coming state school, or leave to play for the program offering the best path to winning 'and' NBA success?

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With the Kentucky Wildcats' 2016 class already on campus, we're already seeing the news Cats recruiting potential future Cats.

The latest example comes from Malik Monk, who apparently is making his pitch to five-star forward Jarred Vanderbilt.

The Class of 2017 star, who just announced his new list, is strongly considering UK, and he's actually in a similar situation that Monk was in when making his college decision.

Being from Arkansas, Monk was getting a lot of pressure to stay home and play for the Razorbacks in college, but ultimately left the state to sign with Kentucky.

For Vanderbilt, the Texas native is getting the full-court press from the Longhorns to stay in the Lone Star State for his college career.

The good news for Kentucky is they're facing a similar challenger in the head coach they're recruiting against. At Arkansas, Mike Anderson has won a lot of games with his '40 minutes of hell' style attack, not to mention taking UK down a few times, but that doesn't produce much NBA talent.

The same is true with Texas head coach Shaka Smart. He runs a similar system that's won him a lot of games at VCU and his first year at Texas, but hasn't produced any NBA talent to speak of.

John Calipari and Kentucky have been the best in college basketball in getting guys to the NBA, not to mention winning as much as anyone in the process.

Ultimately, if UK continues to make Vanderbilt a priory in the 2017 class, it's hard to envision a different result than what we saw with Monk.