John Calipari is no stranger to recruiting multiple point guards in one class.
With news that Kentucky is pushing for a commitment from Sharife Cooper, it appeared that was who Calipari wanted as his point guard in 2020.
However, fellow five-star point man Jeremy Roach is still very much in play for Kentucky, who may officially visit Lexington this spring, according to Corey Evans of Rivals.
“Kentucky wants for me to do an official visit there in the spring,” said Roach, who is also planning to make his college decision this summer.
Currently, Roach is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in the fall. His recovery timeline should put him back on the court sometime in the late spring or summer, perhaps in time to do some of the AAU events.
When asked specifically about what Kentucky brings to the table, Roach offered this:
“I went there for an exhibition game (last year). The fanbase is crazy, and it is sold out every game, even for their exhibition games. Their fans are loyal. He (Calipari) is saying that I am their guy that they want and that they want me and need me there.”
At 247 Sports Composite, Roach is ranked No. 16 overall in the Class of 2020 in addition to being the top-ranked point guard. In comparison, Cooper is ranked No. 21 overall and the No. 2 point guard.
While it’s still early in the 2020 recruiting cycle, it’s clear now that Kentucky wants to get both Cooper and Roach in this class.
Heck, Kentucky did just get a pair of five-star point guards in Immanuel Quickley and Ashton Hagans in the 2018 class, so perhaps Calipari can do it again in 2020.
However, the recent buzz in Roach’s recruitment has been in favor of Villanova, while Auburn is a strong suitor for Cooper. Getting just one of them will be a challenge.
Then again, Calipari seldomly misses on the point guard he wants in each recruiting cycle, let alone two different ones.