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Naz Reid trims list, cuts Kentucky Wildcats

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Reid is a talented big man that isn’t waiting around for other programs to pursue him.

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The Kentucky Wildcats won’t be getting Naz Reid in the 2018 class.

The five-star forward is one of the top big men in his class, but despite some interest from Kentucky early on, a scholarship offer never materialized. Reid is certainly the caliber of player that could have earned an offer in previous years, especially last year when Kentucky ended up adding eight new players (Hamidou Diallo included).

However, Kentucky is expected to return a good portion of their current roster for the 2018-19 season, which means the 2018 class will be smaller than normal. That, in turn, means fewer scholarship offers are going out this year, and Reid isn’t waiting around for one.

On Friday, Reid cut his list down to two schools, and Kentucky wasn’t one of them.

As expected, the LSU Tigers were one of his final schools, as they’ve become the heavy favorite in this recruitment. The Arizona Wildcats are also in the running, though they’re heavily in the mix with other bigs in 2018, mainly Bol Bol, another big Kentucky was thought to be interested in.

Alas, this is a year when players who normally would be offered by Kentucky won’t get to earn one. It’s a numbers crunch, and Kentucky figures to add just 4-5 players in 2018. One of those will almost certainly be occupied by Immanuel Quickley. Then guys like Zion Williamson, R.J. Barrett, Cam Reddish and Simi Shittu are strongly in the mix for those remaining 3-4 spots.

Reid is good, but he’s not quite in the same class as those aforementioned guys’ tier. Perhaps an offer would come for Reid down the line if Kentucky misses on some of those other guys, but it looks like Reid wants to make a decision sooner rather than later.