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Armando Bacot trims list and UK misses the cut

Armando Bacot Jr. released his “Final 5” with no Kentucky.

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Armando Bacot Jr. took to Twitter on Saturday to release his “Final 5” choices to attend school in 2019 to showcase his basketball talent.

Bacot, a 6-10 center in the class of 2019, narrowed his final five teams down to Duke, Georgia, North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Bacot had a highly impressive stint at the Peach Jam this summer that raised the eyebrows of many teams.

Kentucky was one of those schools and despite them showing interest by reaching out to Bacot, the Wildcats were left out of his “Final 5.”

The Virginia native is ranked 20th in ESPN’s Top-100 for 2019, specifically ranking as the top player in Virginia, the sixth at his position and the eighth in his region.

According to 247Sports, though, he’s ranked as the nation’s 26th player and the 7th-best C in the Class of 2019. Since he’s currently attending IMG Academy in Florida, 247Sports ranks him as the fourth best player in the state. He sits just behind top-recruits such as Vernon Carey Jr., Josh Green and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl.

With Kentucky keeping close tabs on James Wiseman, Carey, Cole Anthony and Matthew Hurt, not being included in Bacot’s top-five doesn’t sting as bad.

It also helps that while Kentucky is guard-heavy this season, it’s likely that they’ll have at-least 1-2 bigs return next fall as well.

That’s not to mention that both DJ Jeffries and Tyrese Maxey have already committed to the Cats to boast a recruiting class that will only become stronger.