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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Jaden McDaniels is a rising star whose dream school is UK

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Jaden McDaniels may be the fastest rising player in the Class of 2019, and the talented wing’s dream school is Kentucky.

He’s recently picked up offers from Kansas, Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Texas, and others. 247 Sports now has him ranked ahead of the likes of Bryan Antoine, Scottie Lewis, Tyrese Maxey, and Jalen Lecque.

And on a recent edition of the Aaron Torres Sports Podcast, Rivals Recruiting Analyst Corey Evans talked about McDaniels, among other things, according to Kentucky Sports Radio.

He can be the No. 1 player in America… And his dream school is Kentucky. I really want to see if Kentucky will jump in and offer him. I know they have D.J. Jeffries coming but, this kid is different. He’s really different. His rate of progression is astronomical. His basketball ceiling for growth further is stupendous.

And he’s someone where, if Kentucky were to offer, that could change the ball-game.”

So why hasn’t Kentucky offered?

Good question.

Are they concerned about damaging their relationship with D.J. Jeffries? Confident they will have wing players like Tyler Herro and Jemarl Baker back on the roster? Behind the scenes issues?

It is kind of unclear at this point.

Then again, the Kentucky coaching staff could begin to get involved soon. A top-10 recruit that has said his dream school is Kentucky... I could only imagine there would be a major problem for Kentucky to not become involved.

Stay tuned for more on McDaniels recruitment, and make sure you download and listen to Torres and Evans talk, including some discussion on Tyrese Maxey and Cole Anthony. Evans is pretty well-plugged into the recruiting scene, so his insight is pretty valuable.

Here are some highlights from McDaniels:

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