Less than three weeks ago, 2019 power forward Jaden McDaniels cut his recruitment list to reveal that Kentucky, who was relatively new on the radar for McDaniels, was in his top five. John Calipari had visited the week before he released his new list, and Cal wasted no time going back out to Washington to follow up on that first visit.
Kentucky’s John Calipari was in yesterday for top-five forward Jaden McDaniels, a source tells @Rivals; tales his first official visit to San Diego State this weekend @RowlandRIVALS https://t.co/Z4OCZ4qSUl— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) October 11, 2018
Calipari was out in Washington on Wednesday, obviously to visit McDaniels. McDaniels is the No. 4 player in the 2019 class and the top power forward in the group. In a class full of big men, McDaniels has established himself as an elite player in the class.
Given the other news of the day, that Kentucky may not be able to land Matthew Hurt, Oscar Tshiebwe, or Isaiah Stewart, it seems McDaniels may be even more of a priority than before. Is that why Coach Cal flew out west this week?
Getting another view of Mt. Rainier from the sky! pic.twitter.com/sIosG3ICUX— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) October 10, 2018
McDaniels is also considering the Texas Longhorns, the UCLA Bruins, the Washington Huskies, and the San Diego State Aztecs. Texas currently splits the 247 Sports Crystal Ball with San Diego State, each getting 50% of the votes. McDaniels will take his first official visit this weekend to San Diego State.
He would certainly not be the first top ten player that Calipari has stolen at the last minute in the recruiting process, but a commitment from McDaniels could only come after an offer. Could that official scholarship offer have come at McDaniels’ home on Wednesday, or is Calipari waiting for him to visit Lexington?
Elsewhere, Kentucky is getting an early visit from one of the best players in 2021. Five-star guard Terrence Clarke will unofficially visit Kentucky this weekend:
Clarke, who hails from Boston (MA), plays at Brewster Academy and is already ranked No. 1 overall in the Class of 2021. The 6-6, 180-pound shooting guard already has offers from Indiana, Connecticut, Georgia Tech and Syracuse among others.
Clarke may be a ways away from college basketball, but he’s a special talent that Kentucky appears to already be in the mix for.