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Kentucky Wildcats Morning Quickies: Decommission Edition

DJ Jeffries decommits from Kentucky. What does that mean for the 2019 class? Is there a new sheriff in town?

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Good morning, ladies and gentlemen of the Big Blue Nation, and welcome to the Tuesday Morning Quickies.

The big news of right now is the decommitment of DJ Jeffries from the 2019 recruiting class, along with the conventional wisdom that he is bound for Penny Hardaway’s Memphis team. It is also becoming conventional wisdom that this indicates Memphis as a likely destination for 2019’ #1 ranked player, James Wiseman.

Since Hardaway coached both these guys in AAU ball, he has an inside track with both of them that Calipari lacks. My own suspicion is that Jeffries’ parents were a big factor in his change of heart, because I have a feeling they are big fans of Hardaway, who by all accounts is a very likable person.

Also, Jeffries has consistently said that he’d like to play alongside James Wiseman in college, and some have taken this to mean that Jeffries decommitment is a sign that Wiseman is Memphis-bound. That may well be.

Historically, we have seen situations like this before. Sometimes they work out just like the conventional wisdom says, but more often there is an unexpected surprise. I have no personal knowledge of the situation, but I do know two things — John Calipari is a great recruiter with a massive amount of experience recruiting and coaching at the college level, and Penny Hardaway has neither. Whether or not that matters (enough) to these young men is anyone’s guess.

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My two cents — UK over IU in 1975 was probably the most meaningful game because of the quality of the team they defeated and the stakes. I would swap the #3 and #5 games, elevating the Mardi Gras Miracle and lowering UK vs. Wichita State in 2014. I’m sure I’d make a few other changes, but those are the only ones I’d make in the top ten.

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Earlier this month, SI detailed the legal impact of subpoenas sent to the University of Maryland. Those subpoenas requested emails, texts and other records regarding, among other things, the Terrapins’ recruitment of five-star power forward Silvio De Sousa, of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. College basketball experts who closely follow recruiting were convinced that De Sousa, who had moved from Angola to the U.S. before the start of high school, would attend Maryland. Indications were that De Sousa had all but formally committed.

In August 2017, De Sousa surprisingly announced that he would attend the University of Kansas. The unexpected move sent shockwaves through not only college basketball but also the sneaker industry: Maryland is sponsored by Under Armour, while Kansas is sponsored by Adidas. If Skechers, which recently sued Adidas for “funneling hundreds of thousands of dollars in secret payments to players,” is factually correct in its claims against Adidas, then Adidas would have again “gamed the system” to its favor and to the detriment of a rival.

Looks like the DOJ just might be coming for Adidas. Louisville, as I recall, is an Adidas school as well.

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