As the dust is starting to settle for several 2019 basketball recruits, many programs are shifting their recruiting focus to the 2020 class. That seems to be true for the Kentucky Wildcats staff, as they visited top recruit Jalen Green on Monday in Fresno, California.
University of Kentucky paid a visit to see high school phenom Jalen Green (@JalenRomande) of San Joaquin Memorial in Fresno, the No. 1 ranked junior in the country. The guard has only taken two official visits.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) December 18, 2018
Green is currently listed as the No. 2 recruit according to 247 Sports composite rankings, but is listed as the No. 1 player at Rivals. The 6-5 guard picked up an offer from John Calipari back in October, and he would be a huge pickup to begin the 2020 class in Lexington.
Calipari and his staff have issued seven scholarship offers for the 2020 class, but they have yet to receive a commitment. That is typical for this point in the recruiting cycle, but there is usually one early commitment that helps set the pace and direction for how the coaching staff allocates their time in recruiting.
Green has offers from most major programs, and many believe the Memphis Tigers are the current leader for his services. He took an official visit there, along with fellow recruit RJ Hampton, back in August.
Although I’m sure Big Blue Nation is not excited about another battle between Calipari and Penny Hardaway (Penny is currently 2-0), Green’s recruitment will be very different than that of DJ Jeffries and James Wiseman.
It could be up to another year and a half before Green is ready to commit to a school, so it is too early to tell a lot about his recruitment right now. But Monday’s visit makes it clear that the Kentucky staff is making him a priority.
Check out some highlights of Green below. He is sure to be a special college basketball player.
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