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Evan Daniels has good news on James Wiseman, bad news on Vernon Carey

Daniels also pushes back on the idea that Wiseman to Memphis is a done deal.

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All of the recent buzz about James Wiseman says that his commitment to the University of Memphis is a done deal and that an announcement is merely a formality at this point.

Many believed the commitment could come this week, giving him time to sign for the fall signing period. Evan Daniels of 247 Sports does not believe that to be the case.

Not only does Daniels disagree with the idea that Wiseman is planning to sign early, but he also shares that he does not believe that Wiseman’s college decision has been made.

“No, I don’t think James Wiseman will sign with Memphis during the early signing period,” Evans wrote as a response to a Twitter question about Wiseman. “I’m not expecting a decision from Wiseman during the early signing period. From what I’m hearing, Wiseman isn’t ready to make a choice, so I’m not expecting him to do anything during the signing period. There seems to be the thought out there that Wiseman is a done deal to Memphis. I don’t believe that to be the case. The schools that I currently believe to be a factor for Wiseman are Florida State, Kentucky and Memphis.”

Had Wiseman signed in the fall, it would have very likely been Memphis. So, if a decision does not come within the next week, it will be great news for the Wildcats.

As you can see, Daniels still believes that both Kentucky and Florida State are in the running for Wiseman’s services. It is also worth noting that Daniels has yet to change his 247 Crystal Ball projection, where he logged Kentucky as his prediction in October of 2017.

No matter where Wiseman goes, it now seems doubtful that the No. 1 recruit will be the first big man to choose his destination in this recruiting class.

While this is good news for Kentucky, Daniels did have a not-so-good update on Vernon Carey. While Kentucky is still in the mix for the five-star forward, Daniels thinks this is a two-horse race between the Michigan State Spartans and Duke Blue Devils.

“My gut says this recruitment comes down to Duke and Michigan State. I couldn’t pick between the two at this point,” said Daniels.

It’s safe to think the dream of Wiseman and Carey in the same frontcourt is, at best, on life support. The real question is will John Calipari be able to seal the deal with just one of them to make this 2019 class one that can contend for a title next season.

Tyrese Maxey and Kahlil Whitney are elite prospects that should go well with hopefully some returning guys off of this year’s team. All it needs is a an elite frontcourt guy like Wiseman or Carey to keep Kentucky contending for a title next season.

Be sure to check out Daniels’ full Q&A.

Check out some highlights of Wiseman and Carey facing each other over the summer:

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