Five-star guard/wing Scottie Lewis committed to the Florida Gators last night over the Kentucky Wildcats.
Kentucky was thought to have gained the edge over Florida after an official visit to Lexington, but Florida has been pursuing Lewis for several years and one of his best friends just committed to the Gators. All of that together to lead Lewis to choose the Gators.
It’s a blow to Kentucky, for sure. Lewis is a great all-around player who prides himself on playing defense and is perfectly fine not being the bonafide star on a team. Kentucky really liked him and made him a priority, but alas, Kentucky will see him on the opposite bench next season.
So, the next question becomes, what is next for Kentucky? Where do they look with Lewis out of the picture?
Well, it is kind of unclear at the moment.
Kentucky could look to get more involved with Keion Brooks, who was once thought to be one of their top targets in the 2019 class. Kentucky seemed to slack off on Brooks following the commitments of Kahlil Whitney and Dontaie Allen, but the Wildcats seem to try to be getting back in the mix with Brooks. Maybe they pursue him as another wing option to add to the class.
Jaden McDaniels also becomes an option. McDaniels is a lot taller, but projects as a likely 3 at the collegiate level. McDaniels was mentioned a lot when it came to Kentucky over the summer, but things simmered down although the Wildcats and McDaniels kept in touch.
Those two seem to be the most likely options in the 2019 class. There is still an outside chance a player could reclassify. R.J. Hampton has announced that he will stay in 2020, but rumors are still floating that he could potentially reclassify after all. The possibility of that is slim, and it is really unclear where Kentucky stands in his recruitment, but a possible reclassification could give Kentucky another option.
But there’s also a chance Kentucky has some backcourt players return off this year’s squad. It’s highly possible that one or two of Quade Green/Immanuel Quickley/Tyler Herro/Ashton Hagans/Jemarl Baker return, so Kentucky could be fine with their depth with guards and wings with their current commitments and one or two returnees.
However, betting on players returning is a big gamble at Kentucky. We will see how Kentucky handles losing Lewis in the next week or so. My guess is that Kentucky tries to turn up the heat on Keion Brooks, but it remains to be seen.
Tweets of the Day
We are happy to announce that former head coach @UKcoachbrooks will be honored as a member of the 2018 AT&T @SEC Football Legends class!— Kentucky Football (@UKFootball) October 2, 2018
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Good to see Rich Brooks being honored.
1⃣0⃣ days until #BBM18. What iconic moment will this year bring us? pic.twitter.com/Bz2ABJ0Bua— Kentucky Basketball (@KentuckyMBB) October 2, 2018
Madness is only nine days away now. It is setting up for a big time year for all of UK Athletics.
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