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UK Basketball Recruiting: James Wiseman among recruits in Marshall County for annual Hoopfest

Several possible future Wildcats will be participating.

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The Marshall County Hoopfest is taking place this weekend and several Kentucky Wildcats targets will be descending upon western Kentucky.

Kentucky commitment Keldon Johnson will be participating, so fans who want to get an early look at the high-scoring wing will have a chance to do so today at 4 p.m. (CT) when Oak Hill takes on Hamilton Heights Christian. Johnson’s Oak Hill squad is also set to play in the Saturday nightcap against Tennessee Prep.

Also of interest for Wildcats fans will be 2019 big man James Wiseman, a consensus top five recruit in the class. There have been some rumblings that Wiseman wants to reclassify to 2018, and would immediately be one of the top big men in the class if he did so.

Wiseman doesn’t play until Sunday at 1:30 p.m. CT against Aspire Academy in Louisville.

Elsewhere, D.J. Jeffries, one of the top small forwards in the class of 2019, will be participating and will take on Adair County Saturday evening, which is led by standout freshman point guard Zion Harmon.

Jeffries has a scholarship offer from Kentucky and has caught the eye of Kentucky’s coaching staff, and Harmon recently visited for Big Blue Madness.

Jeffries was one of the first 2019 recruits to receive a Kentucky scholarship, which traditionally says a lot about how interested the coaching staff is. The 247 Composite ranks Jeffries as the #18 player in the class, and five of the six predictions have gone to Kentucky.

There are some rumors floating that Harmon may attempt to reclassify from the Class of 2021 to the Class of 2020. He currently holds offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Creighton, and has also visited Kansas, among other schools. He is ranked as the top recruit in the 2021 class.

Finally, Zan Payne, the son of Kentucky assistant Kenny Payne, will lead his Lexington Catholic squad against Marshall County on Saturday. Josh Moore of the Lexington Herald-Leader recently wrote that Payne could be a candidate to walk on at Kentucky, which the coaching staff would most likely be glad to agree to.

Payne has been a leader for Lexington Catholic and averaged 15 points and nearly 9 rebounds per game for the Knights last season. As a bonus, bringing on Zan would also likely keep Kenny Payne around the program for longer. Payne’s recruiting and player development has been a key aspect of Kentucky’s program the last few years.

Just as a note, if you’re really interested in watching the Kentucky recruits, you can see a lot of them in Session 4 on Saturday.

Here is the full schedule for the event.

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