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Kentucky trending for Isaiah Stewart; Keion Brooks cuts list and includes UK

Could Kentucky get this La Lumiere duo?

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The Kentucky Wildcats are suddenly the trendy pick for Isaiah Stewart.

The five-star center just announced he has an offer from Kentucky and will officially visit Lexington this weekend. That’s led Kentucky drawing several crystal ball predictions at 247 Sports, including one from national recruiting director Jerry Meyer.

After Duke looked like the heavy favorite in this recruitment, there’s been six straight non-Duke predictions, including two ‘foggy’ and one for Michigan State.

But Kentucky owns the last three picks as he’s set to visit this week, so it’s safe to say Kentucky has become a major player in this recruitment.

Is that still true with Keion Brooks?

That’s unclear right now, but Brooks has at least kept Kentucky on his list of six schools remaining in contention:

The 247 Sports crystal ball has the Indiana Hoosiers getting the majority of the picks and none for Kentucky, while the Michigan State Spartans are a close second. A recent Rivals roundtable also had four experts pick either Indiana or Michigan State with no picks for Kentucky.

But Kentucky isn’t completely out of the fight just yet, as they’re still on his list, and that means he’ll likely try to visit Lexington at some point this fall or in the spring.

Brooks did speak with Prep Hoops about Kentucky and what they offer.

“Kentucky gives you the opportunity to be on the biggest stage and showcase your talents. Coach Cal makes sure he puts his players in the best position to succeed. He also helps his players reach their goals whether that’s going to the NBA or pursuing another career,” said Brooks. “When Coach Cal came in to speak to me, he let me know that I’m a priority and that he believes I’m built for Kentucky.”

The visit Brooks is alluding to is likely the recent trip Calipari made to The La Lumiere School to see both Brooks and Stewart.

Yes, they’re high school teammates with Kentucky in the mix for both after Brooks transferred there this year. You have to think that bodes well for the Wildcats since they’re now firmly in the running for both five-star recruits.

For now, Kentucky has ground to make up for both players after seemingly bowing out of both races over the summer before turning up the pressure in recent weeks.

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