Kentucky is still searching for frontcourt players for the Class of 2019 and by all indications, two of the guys that they have been targeting will soon be off the board.
Aidan Igiehon and Oscar Tshiebwe, both of whom have been targeted by Kentucky, are set to announce their college decisions today and tomorrow, respectively.
By all indications, Igiehon will choose the Cardinals when he makes his announcement at around noon today. Kentucky is a finalist for Igiehon, but he never officially visited Kentucky, which all but eliminates them from being the final choice. Chris Mack has really zeroed in on Igiehon, and barring a surprise, his labors will pay off.
As for Tshiebwe (pronounced SHOOB WAY), his announcement is set for Saturday, and while Kentucky made the recruitment really interesting, the trending thought is that he will commit to the West Virginia Mountaineers, who have been recruiting him for several years. Kentucky got involved a little late, but made a huge push to the point several people thought Kentucky was the leader when he visited Lexington.
But another visit to Morgantown came a week later, and it looks like it may be enough to push the Mountaineers over the top. Baylor and Illinois are the other two finalists, but this decision will ultimately come down to Kentucky and WVU. Never say never with Kentucky; stranger things have happened. It would come as a surprise to a lot of people if WVU isn’t the pick for Tshiebwe Saturday.
If UK misses on both of them, Kentucky probably picks up the intensity with James Wiseman, Vernon Carey, and Matthew Hurt. Ideally the Wildcats want to lock down at least one frontcourt commitment in the fall, but that is far from a certainty. It will be interesting to watch how Kentucky moves forward recruiting if they lose out on both Igiehon and Tshiebwe, which as of now, seems like the most likely scenario.
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