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What a Scottie Lewis commitment would mean to Kentucky

The momentum in the Scottie Lewis recruitment has shifted. What would a commitment mean for UK?

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Scottie Lewis is down to two schools after a weekend visit in Lexington: The Florida Gators and the Kentucky Wildcats.

The 6-5 wing players is listed as the 11th-best recruit according to 24/7, the 13th-best recruit according to Rivals, and the 13th-best recruit according to ESPN. He’s a consensus five-star player, and it is likely he will end up in the top 10 of most rankings when everything is all said and done.

Florida had taken a sizeable lead in his recruitment after high school teammate Alex Klatsky committed as a walk-on for Mike White.

But things changed after Lewis made his official visit to Kentucky over the weekend of September 15th. The indications were that the visit went extremely well and that Lewis likes the idea of playing with Tyrese Maxey, Dontaie Allen, and Kahlil Whitney in the class of 2019.

Recruiting guru Evan Daniels picked Florida for Lewis but has since updated his prediction to “foggy.”

Things continued to swing Kentucky’s way as Lewis canceled an upcoming visit to St. John’s and then cut his list from seven schools in the running to just Kentucky and Florida.

So, what would getting Scottie Lewis to Kentucky mean?

It would mean that Calipari would have two elite players on the wing with Lewis and Whitney. While Whitney is a better fit for the small forward position, Lewis would most likely move to play shooting guard next to Maxey.

There will be room for Lewis to come in and play right away. As we have learned in the past, it isn’t safe to assume that any of the players on the roster right now will be back next season. Ashton Hagans, Immanuel Quickley, Quade Green, and Tyler Herro could all opt to try for the draft or maybe one or two of them will decide to stay.

Either way, Lewis will get a chance to play.

With Lewis in the fold, Calipari could once again look at an elite backcourt tandem with guys as focused on defense as they are on offense. The athleticism of Maxey and Lewis would be hard to match for any team in the country. Both players are long, fast, and can play above the rim. The defensive potential of that team would be through the roof, especially if they ended up with a great center like a junior Nick Richards or James Wiseman.

If Calipari does get Lewis, then Kentucky immediately is the frontrunner for the top class in 2019 and Calipari will be another step closer to finishing out the class and focus on landing the big men,

I still think Florida is the slight leader for Lewis, but at least Kentucky gave him something to think about.

Where do you think Lewis will end up? Let us know in the comments section.

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