Well, that visit is off, as Scottie Barnes just committed to Florida State.
Kentucky’s 2020 class is already impressive, but it continues to have a chance to get even better as the Wildcats are still recruiting some very big names.
That list of names includes one Scottie Barnes, who is now planning to take an official visit to UK on the weekend of October 18th, according to Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.
Barnes also spoke about his long-term goals, which Kentucky has been great at helping its players accomplish.
“The goals I really want, Kentucky really brings to that table,” Barnes said. “I want to be a one-and-done, get to the league. And not just be in the league for a few years — they proved that they really get people to the league and they stay 10, 15 years. I want to be like that in the future.”
One of the most versatile players in the class, Barnes has seemed to be a very heavy Oregon lean for some time now. Between Barnes describing Oregon as his “dream school” and UK’s success with wing players in their class so far, it would seem as if interest on both sides would weaken like it did with the recruitments of both Jalen Green and Josh Christopher.
Barnes updated his recruitment, though, and said that he was really focusing on four schools, including the Wildcats and Ducks, as well as Miami and Florida State.
“Everyone knows about Kentucky and what they do there with their players. They really help people to be one-and-done, which is what I really want to do,” said Barnes in an interview with Rivals.
At 6-8, Barnes could be an option for some much needed size in the class for Kentucky. His skill set allows him to play on the wing, but he could project like a Keion Brooks Jr. where he would likely play some small ball power forward as well. Barnes has the motor, size, and skill set to play all over the floor on both sides of the ball. If he can develop some kind of a consistent jumper, this is a player that can be lethal at the next level and, eventually, as a pro.
Oregon and Florida State have picked up the most steam, but Kentucky seems to be right in the thick of things now as well. As a teammate of Cade Cunningham at Montverde Academy, both of their recruitments could become very interesting for Kentucky moving forward.
The Wildcats likely still have some ground to make up, though, which makes this visit pivotal to ending on the right note with Barnes before his decision. They may still not be in the lead, but Calipari’s chances look a lot better now than they did a few weeks ago for another high-profile recruit.