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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: James Wiseman admits UK and Memphis are his top 2 schools

Wiseman was going to trim his list to 8, but he went ahead and admitted only two schools are really standing out.

Earlier in July, James Wiseman said he was planning to trim his list to eight, though the expectation remained that the Kentucky Wildcats and Memphis Tigers were the only true contenders.

Wiseman is now admitting as much.

The five-star center hopped on the ESPNU broadcast of the Nike Peach Jam Championship, and there, he admitted, “Memphis and Kentucky are definitely my top two schools right now.”

This recruitment has long been believed to be a two-horse race between Kentucky and Memphis, though Wiseman has tried to make it sound like other schools were in the running.

Kentucky had long been presumed the favorite for Wiseman, the No. 1 overall recruit in 2019 by 247 Sports, until Memphis hired Penny Hardaway becoming the Tigers’ head coach.

If you recall, Wiseman transferred from Ensworth High School in Tennessee to play for Hardaway at Memphis East in 2017, where they would capture a state title.

It was after that title that Hardaway was named head coach at Memphis, and they’ve since become a major player for Wiseman, who also holds offers from Alabama, Arizona, Clemson, Florida, Kansas, North Carolina, Texas and Indiana among others.

It also initially looked like Wiseman would take some official visits and decide sometime in the fall.

Now, rumors have emerged Wiseman could move into the Class of 2018 and be on campus next season. Seeing Wiseman admit he’s basically down to just two schools could be a sign that he really is considering the move, and if it happens, we should expect Memphis to be the pick.

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