Kentucky appears to be narrowing its recruiting efforts for 2019 big men.
It’s no secret that all of the focus right now is on Vernon Carey, Matthew Hurt and James Wiseman. While those three are easily the best bigs Kentucky is in the running for, two of them are also currently planning to announce a fall decisions.
Hurt and Carey are looking to decide sometime this fall, so it makes sense for Kentucky to be focusing hard on those two along with Wiseman, who is looking more and more likely to decide in the spring.
With so much focus on them, it’s not much of a surprise to hear Kentucky is not prioritizing other bigs who could decide later. According to Kentucky Sports Radio’s TJ Walker, Kentucky is not actively recruiting 2019 centers Aidan Igiehon and Kofi Cockburn.
Igiehon is a five-star center who stands 6-10. He’s ranked the No. 5 center in the class by the 247 Sports Composite. He has 20 offers, and currently, Louisville leads in his crystal ball, holding five of eight predictions.
Cockburn is a four-star center who’s also 6-10. He’s ranked the No. 8 center in the class by 247’s Composite. He has 31 offers, and Syracuse and UConn each have one prediction in his crystal ball.
Kentucky hadn’t offered either of the two big men. James Wiseman remains the only true center with a Kentucky offer in 2019. There’s also big man Oscar Tshiebwe, who Kentucky may be on the verge of offering.
Cockburn does sound like someone that Kentucky is in the running for if they want to me. He’s already said he plans to visit Kentucky at some point, and it’s looking like he won’t decide until the spring.
If Kentucky misses on Hurt and Carey, perhaps they’ll circle back and recruit Cockburn harder. Remember, Kentucky had little-to-no interest in Ashton Hagans last fall, but that changed in the spring, so perhaps Cockburn will be someone to watch for later on.