The Kentucky Wildcats may have a new point guard target in the Class of 2018.
On Sunday, five-star point guard Darius Garland announced a scholarship offer from UK:
This is an interesting move by John Calipari, who has already extended scholarship offers to Immanuel Quickley and Quentin Grimes in the 2018 class. However, there’s a good argument to be made for Garland being the best of them.
There’s also the ties to Cameron Reddish, who Garland has talked a lot about playing in college with. Duke has been the presumed favorite to land both players, but now that Garland has an offer, that could change these recruitments.
“Some of us are trying to make a package deal, so we’re still waiting on that,” Garland told Sporting News during the Nike EYBL Peach Jam tournament. “That’s pretty important. I just like to win. That’s my main focus: to win, and to get to the next level.”
Garland also has played with Marvin Bagley III before and is using that connection to help both players end up at the same college. Duke is heavily in the mix for Bagley as well, though he could reclassify into the Class of 2017 and be gone by the time Garland gets to a college.
All of these package deals are fun to talk about, but more often than not, they end up not coming to fruition. Ironically, one of the few major package deals that’s actually happened was when Tyus Jones and Jahlil Okafor went to Duke.
Tyus’ young brother, Tre Jones, is also trying to get a package deal done with Reddish and has even discussed playing with Garland at Duke. Both players feel that can complement each other’s games enough to be starting guards at the same school.
As far as who the superior point guard is in this class, ask five different recruiting analysts, and you’ll probably get five different rankings of the top five, including Garland, Jones, Quickley and Grimes. Jones is almost certainly Duke-bound or Calipari may have offered him as well. All four are more than worthy of scholarship offers from UK.
That said, I still think Calipari has Quickley as his No. 1 point guard target, though this certainly makes things interesting going into the fall.