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Kentucky Basketball recruiting update on Scottie Lewis

A decision appears imminent, but who is the favorite now?

Five-star recruit Scottie Lewis has officially narrowed his list down to the Florida Gators and Kentucky Wildcats, according to Adam Zagoria.

Zags spoke with Lewis, who broke down his two finalists, including what Kentucky has to offer. He also spoke about potentially playing with Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey, who Lewis shares a group text with.

“They’re all guys I’ve played with pretty much my whole life,” Lewis said. “Guys that I can compare to myself as far as the mentality, junkyard dogs who want to do everything. So you take that backcourt and we talked about how special it could be. Just surrounding myself with the same type of people who have the same motivation as me and want to win games.”

Even with no decision timetable, the belief has been Lewis would announce not long after his Kentucky visit, and with no more visits planned, that’s probably going to be the case.

Lewis, the 13th-ranked player in ESPN’s high school recruiting rankings, is one of the most highly regarded prospects in his class. He has NBA potential as a two-way player, and his physical capability and defensive prowess had everyone in the nation coming after him, but only two schools remain now.

Lewis just hosted Florida head coach Mike White for an in-home visit in New Jersey. This came after Lewis took an official visit to Lexington this past weekend.

Going into the visit, Florida looked like the heavy favorite, but Kentucky appears to have made this recruitment more cloudy as a decision seemingly nears.

While the expectation was this would come down to Kentucky and Florida, Lewis still had planned a visit to St. John’s in October. The Red Storm were thought to be a legitimate contender, especially if they were to hire Mike Rice, but it looks like that will not be happening.

There was also some thought that Villanova could emerge as a serious contender after landing Bryan Antoine, Lewis’ AAU and high school teammate. It looks like that is also off the table.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the last two crystal ball predictions are ‘foggy’ for Lewis. I would still lean toward Florida being the pick, but it’s clear Kentucky has made this a battle going into the final days (and maybe weeks) of this recruitment.

While we wait for a decision, check out some highlights of the future star in action:

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