With numerous recruiting shifts occurring recently, including Kentucky’s rise for Isaiah Stewart, four-star forward Aidan Igiehon seems to have moved on from UK (or the other way around).
After a meeting with both parties was scheduled to take place recently, it appears now that it won’t be happening.
Wouldn’t be shocked if we get an Igiehon-Louisville announcement soon.— Jake (@jakeweingarten) October 4, 2018
Things looking good for the Cards.
This news came paired with the fact that Igiehon also postponed his upcoming visit with St. John’s; clearing way for a new favorite to emerge for his commitment: the Louisville Cardinals.
“Igiehon previously visited Oregon and then tripped to Louisville on an official visit this past weekend,” said Adam Zagoria.
“Louisville coach Chris Mack visited Igiehon’s mother in her native Ireland, and Louisville assistant Luke Murray then was at Woodmere last week, as was Oregon’s Dana Altman.”
There’s been a recent string of Louisville picks in the 247 crystal ball, including one from national recruiting director Jerry Meyer.
Louisville’s new head coach, former Xavier head man Chris Mack, has been exceptional with his first power-five recruiting class. Highlighted by point guard David Johnson (247 Sports’ top recruit from the state of Kentucky), and three other top-100 recruits already; Igiehon would solidify one of the best recruiting classes in the ACC in the still-early stages for 2019.
As mentioned earlier, Kentucky becoming the front-runner for Isaiah Stewart was likely the catalyst for Igiehon to look elsewhere. Stewart is a top-five overall recruit in 2019 and in the past week has skyrocketed up Kentucky’s priority list.
Kentucky is also in the running for Oscar Tshiebwe, who also visited this past weekend and is set to decide soon. That’s why it may be a good thing that Kentucky appears to be dropping out of the race of Igiehon.
Had Kentucky met with him right after Stewart and Tshiebwe visited, it wouldn’t be a great sign for John Calipari’s confidence level in one or both of those recruits.
While Igiehon is a great prospect, he’s just not at the same level as Stewart and Tshiebwe, so Kentucky bowing out of the Igiehon sweepstakes could mean they feel good about Stewart, Tshiebwe and/or other big-time big men they’re recruiting.
With Vernon Carey Jr. and James Wiseman still in the mix as well, the room for big men in Calipari’s 2019 class is slowly becoming jam-packed.
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