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Kentucky Basketball Recruiting: Evan Daniels predicts Kira Lewis, N’Faly Dante to SEC schools

Will Kira Lewis and N’Faly Dante end up playing against UK in college?


Fresh off of the Peach Jam and nearing the end of the July scouting period, Evan Daniels of 247 Sports has been updating his predictions for top college basketball prospects.

Two Kentucky targets, in particular, received updates that Big Blue Nation is not going to like.

2019 guard Kira Lewis Jr. has yet to receive an official scholarship offer from Kentucky, although one may be coming soon, but Daniels seems to believe that Lewis is more likely to stay and play basketball in his home state. Just this morning, Daniels tabbed Alabama as his crystal ball prediction for Lewis’ landing spot.

Lewis really emerged as a top guard in the class this spring, earning his fifth star and racking up an impressive list of offers. However, Kentucky already has the commitment of Tyrese Maxey and seems to be in heavy pursuit of Cole Anthony.

As you can tell with this year’s roster, John Calipari does not hesitate to hoard guards in Lexington. But does the lack of a UK offer, in context with Evan Daniels’ prediction, indicate that Calipari is not interested or that Lewis’ mind is already made up?

Elsewhere, Daniels predicted that 2020 center N’Faly Dante will end up at LSU. Dante was only the second player to receive a Kentucky offer for the 2020 class, as he is currently ranked as the No. 1 center in that group.

Being from Kansas, Dante also holds offers from the home state Jayhawks as well as LSU and Oklahoma State.

Choosing LSU over Kentucky would be interesting to say the least. Dante has the look of a top draft pick and dominant NBA big man, and looking at the NBA landscape it seems Kentucky would be the place to go for a player in his situation.

However, Evan Daniels is currently 19 for 19 in his predictions for the 2019 class and he never makes an official prediction until he is certain of the outcome. So there is a good chance neither of these guys end up in Lexington.

But since Dante has not committed yet, take a look at what he could still potentially bring to Lexington in 2020.

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