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Five 2019 UK Recruiting targets will play at the Final Four with USA Basketball

At least a few of these guys are likely to be future Cats.


USA Basketball invited 24 prospects to represent USA at the Final Four in some exhibition games against international basketball academies.

Of the 9 players offered scholarships by John Calipari in the 2019 class, 7 of them were invited to play in San Antonio this weekend at the event called NCAA Next Generation Sunday.

Ashton Hagans and D.J. Jeffries were the targets not invited, and James Wiseman and Vernon Carry were invited but not able to attend. That means 5 of Kentucky’s top targets will be in action as part of the Final Four festivities.

Power forward Matthew Hurt (No. 4 overall), small forwards Scottie Lewis (No. 6 overall) and Keion Brooks (No. 22 overall), shooting guard Bryan Antoine (No. 7 overall), and point guard Tyrese Maxey (No. 13 overall) will all be playing with Team USA this weekend.

Although John Calipari will be at the Final Four this weekend to receive the NABC Metropolitan award, he will not be permitted by NCAA regulations to watch his recruits play.

This is currently a recruiting dead period, which ends on April 20th.

The Next Generation game will take place on Sunday, April 1st.

“Through our Next Generation Sunday program, we will provide a meaningful experience for future college students and introduce them to one of the greatest sporting events in the world,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA senior vice president for basketball, about the event. “Our goal is that these future college students will benefit now and in the future as students, athletes and overall as individuals.”

In addition to practicing and playing together, these high school players will be behind the scenes for the entire Final Four to get a taste of what some of them will be playing for in a few years.

The exhibition games and scrimmages will be open to any fans who attend the NCAA’s Final Four Fan Fest on Sunday, but unfortunately will not be televised.