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D.J. Jeffries talks UK, James Wiseman and if he’ll consider Memphis Tigers

Jeffries can’t help but give Penny Hardaway some love, but he’s also ready to focus on James Wiseman.

The Clarion Ledger

Four-star Kentucky commit D.J. Jeffries committed to UK on March 12, but since then, Penny Hardaway was named the next head coach of the Memphis Tigers.

There’s been some concern that Jeffries could flip his commitment, including a report that Jeffries and James Wiseman were expected to end up at Memphis.

This wasn’t unexpected. A legend like Hardaway was obviously going to make his mark in recruiting right away. That being said, it’s only taken him a month to start stepping into Calipari’s territory.

Jeffries said he is “all in” on Kentucky, according to Chris Fisher at Cats’ Pause, but he’ll still listen to Hardaway’s recruiting pitch.

“I’m all in with Kentucky but I listen to Penny because he’s the one that’s mentored me,” Jeffries said. “But I’m all Kentucky right now.”

Speaking of Hardaway, he’ll also be in a battle with Calipari for No. 1 recruit James Wiseman, a Memphis, Tennessee, native. Jeffries said he’d work on getting Wiseman to Kentucky.

“I’m going to give him a little time to think about it and then I’m going to start messing with him this summer,” said Jeffries. “Honestly, no one knows with James. He’s quiet and he keeps to himself so no one knows.”

Memphis and Kentucky are currently a 50/50 split in Wiseman’s Crystal Ball. As for Jeffries, his hard commit keeps Kentucky at 100 percent in the Crystal Ball for now.

But seeing Jeffries say he’s all Kentucky “right now,” I think I might be having flashbacks to Jarren Williams’ recruitment.

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