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UK Basketball Recruiting: Tracking John Calipari on the trail

A look at everywhere Calipari has been—and is going—recently.

NCAA Basketball: Mississippi at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

He’s been everywhere, man.

Head coach John Calipari has been a busy man this month, going all over the country working on his 2019 (and some of his 2018) recruiting class.

The UK head coach started with a visit to five-star 2019 guard Ashton Hagans on April 5. He got a commitment out of Hagans, and may have Hagans coming into his 2018 class, if he’s eligible.

He also visited Tyrese Maxey on April 5, another five-star 2019 guard who may or may not reclassify (although it seems unlikely). Kentucky is the favorite for Maxey in his 247 Sports Crystal Ball, with their biggest competition, the SMU Mustangs, fading away after Maxey’s father left their program.

Calipari doubled up on visits again on April 6. He visited Keion Brooks, a five-star small forward who’s ranked as the No. 22 player in the class of 2019. Currently, the Michigan State Spartans and the Indiana Hoosiers are the favorite to land the Fort Wayne, Indiana, native.

His other April 6 visit was to Matthew Hurt, a five-star small forward who’s ranked as the No. 4 player in the 2019 class. Hurt’s Crystal Ball has a few teams in it, none of them being Kentucky. The Kansas Jayhawks are the favorite.

April 7 was Calipari’s third-straight day of double visits. He visited Vernon Carey, the No. 2 player in the 2019 class. Carey is a five-star power forward. The Duke Blue Devils are currently the favorite in his Crystal Ball.

The second visit of the day was to a UK commit, D.J. Jeffries. Jeffries committed on March 12. He is a four-star small forward and is the No. 26 player in the class of 2019 from Olive Branch, Mississippi.

He only took one visit on April 8, which resulted in a commitment from five-star power forward E.J. Montgomery, from Marietta, Georgia. The 6-10 power forward committed on Monday, the day after the in-home visit.

After about a one-week break due to the dead period, Calipari visited the five-star duo of Scottie Lewis and Bryan Antoine. The New Jersey duo features the No. 1 small forward in Lewis and the No. 1 shooting guard in Antoine. Kentucky is the favorite for Lewis, but not for his high school teammate Antoine, whose Crystal Ball is currently trending towards Duke.

Calipari also met with Maxey again this weekend as he looks to secure the commitment of this five-star point guard.

Monday will bring about two more visits for Calipari. He’ll visit Carey for a second time this month, and he’ll also visit James Wiseman. Wiseman, who’s from Memphis, Tennessee, is the No. 1 player in the class of 2019. Kentucky currently has a slight edge over the Memphis Tigers in his Crystal Ball.