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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Experts siding with Clemson Tigers for Zion Williamson

Evan Daniels is among the experts who think Clemson is in the best shape.

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Zion Williamson will make his college announcement on January 20th, but his decision may already be made.

That would explain why one school continues to get all of the buzz with the elite forward. At one time, it was Kentucky getting that buzz, but in recent months, Clemson has been the school getting it.

In a 247 Sports recruiting roundtable, Evan Daniels, Brian Snow, Jerry Meyer and Josh Gershon all think Clemson is the likely destination for Williamson. Meyer, Daniels and Gershon have since changed their Crystal Ball picks to Clemson.

Adding to that KSR’s Matt Jones, who has long thought Kentucky was the pick, is now going with Clemson.

That’s also the case with Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader:

It’s one thing for national media to say a school like Clemson is getting all the buzz, but seeing Kentucky media saying the same shows just how good of a spot Clemson is in.

All told, Kentucky is still in great shape for next season. Assuming Kevin Knox and Hamidou Diallo leave for the NBA Draft, Kentucky still has the potential to have a special team that ‘might’ look like this:

G: Quade Green, Immanuel Quickley

G: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Tyler Herro, Jemarl Baker

F: Keldon Johnson, Wenyen Gabriel

F: PJ Washington, Jarred Vanderbilt

C: Nick Richards, Sacha Killeya-Jones, Tai Wynyard

Then you’ve got the potential to add someone like Moses Brown (or even James Wiseman) to the mix, making for as deep of a 13-man roster as you can ask for.

That’s also likely a big reason why Williamson has been trending away from Kentucky for some time now. He sees that Kentucky is going to be stacked next season, making it harder for him to be the alpha dog, something he’s all but assured of being at Clemson.

Still, if Williamson ultimately picks Clemson, it will be a big sting for Kentucky.