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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Wiseman Decision Day Edition

Today, 2019 #1 recruit James Wiseman picks his college. Memphis is favored, but can Kentucky pull the upset?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

Today’s big news is all about the commitment of 2019’s #1 recruit, James Wiseman, who is expected to announce today at noon on ESPN who his school choice will be.

Unfortunately, Kentucky is not favored to be that choice — Memphis is. This is tough for Kentucky because 1) Wiseman is from Memphis and attends high school there, and 2) Penny Hardaway, the new coach at Memphis, is a legend in the city and Wiseman’s former AAU and high school coach.

Normally, you’d have to favor Kentucky in a matchup like this, but there are so many things working in Memphis’ favor, including the prospect of playing most of his games in front of his family and connections without having them move, that it’s tough to figure Kentucky wins this one. It isn’t for lack of effort on Kentucky’s part — Coach Cal and the staff have made Wiseman their highest priority despite the obstacles littering their path. Alas, geography still matters more than we’d like to think.

Still, it would be a mistake to count Kentucky out of this, as Coach Cal has pulled more than one recruiting upset. Still, I wouldn’t get my hopes up, or get too down if Wiseman picks his home town school.

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Ugh. Not good news for the Big Blue Nation. Maybe there will be a surprise.

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