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UK Basketball Recruiting: James Wiseman could still join 2018 class

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Is this the ace John Calipari has up his sleeve for the 2018 class?

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Will he or won’t he?

That will be a question asked about James Wiseman for several more months about a potential reclassification into the 2018 class.

Wiseman, who is currently ESPN’s No. 1 prospect in 2019, has been rumored to be considering a move into the 2018 class since the summer. That is, until Wiseman shot down these rumors during the Marshall County Hoopfest.

That seemed to be the end of that talk for now, until SEC Country’s Kyle Tucker reported there’s still a very real shot Wiseman becomes a 2018 recruit. There’s a lot of moving pieces that could keep Wiseman from deciding until late next summer, but it’s still a decent chance the move happens.

Regardless of which class Wiseman stays in, UK is the favorite, but they’d obviously prefer to get him on campus sooner rather than later. Obviously, he has a lot of things to consider when making a move up one class, so it’s no surprise a final decision may not be made for a while.

It’s possible Wiseman is planning to wait and see who is back on the roster next season.

If Nick Richards and PJ Washington return, that’s a lot of minutes in the post already being occupied for next season. Wiseman would probably like to reclassify and join a team where a major role is there for him.

As talented as he is, that may not happen at UK with a sophomore Washington and Richards, not to mention Sacha Killeya-Jones possibly being back.

The one thing John Calipari and his staff have going for them is they have yet to add a big man in their 2018 class. Tyler Herro, Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson are all perimeter players.

The only remaining recruits UK is in the running for are Zion Williamson and Moses Brown. Zion is more of a 3/4-type player, while Brown, a 4/5-type big, does not yet hold an offer. Perhaps whether or not UK offers Brown will be telling as to what they think Wiseman ultimately does.

The thought has been UK would offer Brown if Richards leaves for the NBA next season. Maybe that’s true, but perhaps UK is waiting to offer Brown until they know for sure what Wiseman is doing.

Whatever the case may be, Wiseman is an instant-impact prospect that UK would love to have, so it’s great to hear that could still happen in 2018.

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