John Calipari has taken note of the rising star that is Jaden McDaniels, and that has kept Kentucky in the mix.
After seemingly losing interest when the summer ended, Calipari and Kenny Payne recently made a trip to see McDaniels. It came just in time, as McDaniels has now announced his final five, and the Wildcats made the cut:
McDaniels is a five-star power forward out of Federal Way, Washington. He stands 6-8, 190 pounds, and is ranked the No. 4 player in his class by 247 Sports (No. 1 power forward).
McDaniels has previously called Kentucky his “dream school,” or at least that’s how Evan Daniels said that he describes Kentucky. If that is the case, Kentucky should be a major player in his recruitment, especially if they extend him a scholarship soon.
San Diego State is currently tied with Texas the favorite to land McDaniels in his crystal ball. McDaniels’ brother plays for the Aztecs.
Calipari has extended several offers to power forwards in the class of 2019, including Zeke Nnaji, Vernon Carey Jr. and Matthew Hurt.
McDaniels has a slight frame, but he’s a talented finisher in transition. He can knock down jumpers when left open, and is pretty good at the art of the chase-down block. You can check out his highlight video below.