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UK Recruiting: DJ Jeffries not planning to reclassify into 2018 class

Jeffries may have committed early, but he’s not planning to move into the 2018 class.

The Kentucky Wildcats are on the board in 2019.

On Monday, D.J. Jeffries announced his pledge to UK. He’s currently ranked No. 26 overall in his class by 247 Sports Composite, which measures all of the recruiting rankings. He’s ranked as high as No. 8 by Future150, and ESPN has him at No. 17.

One would think a player as good as Jeffries would be able to contribute to next year’s team, if it just so happened he decided to move up a class. After all, it was big surprise when Jeffries made the decision to commit this early, and it’s also a bit surprising to see UK take his pledge so soon.

John Calipari has very rarely taken commitments from future recruits this early. The last recruit from a future class to commit this early was Tai Wynyard back in 2015, and he went on to reclassify into the 2015 class.

Well, if Jeffries were to reclassify into the 2018 class, that would explain a lot. However, don’t get your hopes on that happening just yet.

Prior to his announcement, Jeffries’ family told reporter Clayton Collier that there will be no reclassification into the 2018 class.

That would seem to be the end of that, but you never know. After all, fellow 2019 recruit and AAU teammate James Wiseman has also shot down any reclassification plans, yet there continue to be rumors of him considering the jump.

Jeffries later said he picked UK because “it’s always been my dream” to play for John Calipari, so maybe this is just a situation where both sides were ready to end this recruitment now, even if it will be over a year before 2019 recruits are on campus.

Still, wouldn’t it be something if Wiseman and Jeffries both joined UK for next season?

For now, it appears to be just a pipe dream.

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