James Wiseman has announced his final five.
On Wednesday, Wiseman revealed on Twitter that he was down to the Kentucky Wildcats, Memphis Tigers, Vanderbilt Commodores, Kansas Jayhawks and Florida State Seminoles. None of these are a surprise, even if this is widely to be a Kentucky vs. Memphis decision.
As for what’s next, Wiseman, who played for Penny Hardaway at Memphis East, is scheduled to visit the University of Memphis on Oct. 19-21. That prior connection has the Tigers getting most of the buzz in this recruitment, and that will likely continue this fall.
Wiseman took an unofficial visit to Memphis on Sept. 13 along with 2020 recruits Jalen Green and R.J Hampton. Wiseman is actually recruiting Hampton to reclassify and join him in the 2019 class.
Kentucky actually just offered Hampton, who will visit for Big Blue Madness. Wiseman officially visited Kentucky on Sept. 7, though they’re hoping to get him down for another visit this fall.
Wiseman has already visited Kansas and Vanderbilt as well with a trip to Florida State (Oct. 25) still on the schedule.
The current plan is for Wiseman to make his decision sometime in the spring, possibly even May, which would give him enough time to see who’s staying and leaving for the NBA Draft.
Kentucky still has a very real shot at landing the No. 1 overall recruit in 2019, but this is a battle that shouldn’t end anytime soon.
In the meantime, Kentucky is continuing to look at other centers in 2019, including Aidan Igiehon, Isaiah Stewart and Oscar Tshiebwe. Stewart just visited Kentucky and could commit this fall. Tshiebwe also just visited and is expected to decide sometime after his West Virginia visit this week.