In the last two weeks, John Calipari has missed on his top two prospects in the class of 2019, both of which are big men. There is a lot of speculation out there about who he can go after to fill the gap if other targets fall through, and now there is another name to add to the list.
Five-star power forward Jaemyn Brakefield, the No. 18 player in the 2020 class according to 247 Sports composite rankings, has been pretty open about the possibility of reclassifying to 2019. He confirmed that possibility when talking to Rivals’ Corey Evans this weekend.
“It has gone through my mind before,” Brakefield told Evans when asked about reclassifying. “I don’t think that it would be a bad move, but it would just depend on where I would end up and the options that I would have and where I would fit.”
The Huntington Prep star is a versatile forward that can make plays in the paint and has the athleticism to play on the perimeter. His stock continues to rise and he has been contacted by every major program, although he has yet to set a list of schools he is considering.
In a conversation with Evan Daniels last December, Brakefield had high praise for the Kentucky Wildcats. He had already taken three unofficial visits by that point, and was on campus again last month at Big Blue Madness.
“They are just amazing like everybody says it is,” Brakefield told Daniels. “Just how they play and just Coach Cal and how he coaches.”
This weekend, Brakefield told Corey Evans that Kentucky is still in contact, but he is not rushing to any decisions. He also made it appear Kentucky isn’t showing him as much as interest as other schools in his recruitment.
For what it is worth, all of the 247 Sports crystal ball predictions about Brakefield have him landing in Lexington. Given Kentucky’s current front court situation, a reclassification could make his recruitment even more important to Calipari and company.
Here are some highlights of Brakefield’s work from the Spring.