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James Wiseman may decide before end of the year

“I think it’s going to be soon and not too far down the road.”

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The recruitment of James Wiseman could be ending sooner than expected.

In an interview with Prep Circuit, Wiseman opened up about his final five schools, what he’s looking for in a program, and when his college decision could be made. The expectation has been Wiseman would wait until the spring to make the call, possibly into May, which would give him time to see who’s staying and leaving for the pros.

That’s why Kentucky is probably hoping he waits to make his decision then, but it sounds like he may not wait that long. Wiseman is now indicating a decision could come in that December/January range.

“I’ve been thinking about it, and I think it will probably be around the end of this year or maybe the beginning of next year,” Wiseman told Prep Circuit. “It’s a really hard decision so I have to be cautious, but I still make sure to trust the process. I pray every night that I go to the right school. I think it’s going to be soon and not too far down the road.”

Wiseman also spoke about Kentucky and how John Calipari plans to use him in Lexington, if that’s where he ends up.

“Coach John Calipari actually showed me film of Anthony Davis playing and then compared my EYBL highlights to their system. It was very identical, and I could see myself playing with them a lot. They spoke a lot about getting the rebound and running, so I can fit in well with their system.“

If Wiseman does ultimately decide at the end of the year or the beginning of 2019, my guess would be the Memphis Tigers. They have the momentum right now, and it’s hard to see him picking anyone else while in the middle of his senior year at Memphis East High School.

Then again, Malik Monk did while playing in Arkansas, so maybe Wiseman won’t be afraid of the local backlash he’d undoubtedly receive if he picks Kentucky over Memphis.

One of the few recruiting experts still giving an edge to the Wildcats is Evan Daniels, who recently said he’s sticking with his Kentucky prediction for the time being.

Be sure to read the full Prep circuit interview for more insight into how Kentucky is pitching Wiseman.

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